Named among Texas’ top community college music students, College of the Mainland student Ronnie Howard was selected by audition to perform with the Texas Community College Band Directors Association Symphonic Band at the Texas Music Educators Conference in San Antonio. Howard, a Dickinson High School graduate, is currently a music major at COM studying trumpet with professor Sparky Koerner. 

“Ronnie placed second out of 24 trumpet players from the state’s community colleges that auditioned,” said Koerner. “This a great musical and educational opportunity for Ronnie because he will get to share rehearsal time and perform with other excellent community college music students.”

Among the most respected community college music programs in Houston/Galveston area, the College of the Mainland Music Program prepares students to pursue their passion or a career in music.

Music students may select from six varied ensembles to further their skills in performance and music education. Many COM students have appeared with community college all-state performing ensembles, and some ensembles have performed at national conferences and in Europe.

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