Staff Profiles

Don Hopkins, Director

Don HopkinsDon Hopkins is Director of the Mustang Band, returning to the "Hilltop" in 2005. Don was a member of the Mustang Band in 1977-82, completing his Bachelor of Music at SMU. While at SMU, Mr. Hopkins served a Mustang Band squad and section leader (trombone), section principal of the SMU Wind Ensemble and was a Mustang Band trombone soloist.

Don has always been a head band director. His teaching assignments include Robert T. Hill Middle School (Dallas), Dripping Springs High School, Lubbock High School and South Garland High School. Mr. Hopkins is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

Tommy Tucker, Assistant Director / Arranger

Tommy TuckerTommy Tucker is the Assistant Director of the Mustang Band and the primary music arranger. He obtained his degree from SMU in 1984 and previously served at the Mustang Band Assistant Director from 1984-1988. He has also been the musical producer/arranger for Pigskin Revue since 1981. Tommy has been arranging music for bands since 1971. He has worked with many high schools, junior colleges, universities and professional groups. His music has been featured at the Mirage Bowl in Tokyo, Japan, the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, and at the St. Patrick's Week Activities in Ireland. His arrangements also have been performed at various college bowl games, two Super Bowls, and venues from McFarlin Auditorium to the Meyerson Symphony Center to Madison Square Garden. His works have been recorded by many groups including the Lovers Lane Jazz Band and the Light Crust Doughboys.

Jon Lee, Drumline Instructor

Jon LeeJon Lee is the drumline instructor and percussion arranger for the Mustang Band and has been since 1995. Under his direction, the SMU Mustang Band Drumline was the featured clinic group at the 1996 Percussive Arts Society Texas Day of Percussion. Additionally, Jon is the Assistant Conductor of the Meadows Percussion Ensemble and teaches Percussion Techniques in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU.

Jon graduated with a Masters of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas, and has been accepted into the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of North Texas.

Jon is an active performer, educator, clinician, and adjudicator. He was a member of three P.A.S.I.C. national collegiate champion drumlines and was a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He has performed with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Garland/Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Texas Wind Symphony, and Dallas Wind Symphony.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15: SMU Spring Break
  • Thursday, March 14 - Sunday, March 17: American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament; FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN

 

Did you know...

The Mustang Band has over 32 uniform combinations. The band has blue, red, and candystripe jackets and vests, blue and white slacks, and blue and red ties.