About us

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PERFORM AMERICA-TEXAS, LLC  focuses on travel for any kind of group.  While we specialize in performance-based tours, we can help with groups of all ages and of any kind—from bands to choirs, dance groups to church youth groups—we do it all!  Whether it be performing in a nationally recognized parade or going to Disney, our experienced and professional staff will work closely with you to create an unmatched travel adventure… at a great price!  Nothing compares to shared travel experiences!

Management Team

Edward Lopez

OWNER/PRESIDENT

Edward Lopez, known to most as “Eddie,” is the owner of Perform America–Texas, LLC, and founder of Global Initiative for Talented Students (GIFTS) and an owner of Ultimate Drill Book.

Eddie brings a wealth of experience through all sides of travel from working for 10 years in the travel industry to traveling with his own ensemble, orchestras, choirs, dance teams, theatre groups and many more organizations both domestically and internationally.

Mr. Lopez is the former Associate Director of Bands at Hendrickson High School. His duties included overseeing the Hendrickson Hawk Marching Band, woodwind studios and directing the Symphonic Winds. The marching band earned the right to perform in the 4A, 5A and 6A UIL State Marching Contests and was a consistent BOA Finalist and Class Champion at many local festivals. The Symphonic Winds received continuous superior ratings at UIL and in 2015 the ensemble received the Citation of Excellence Award from the Foundation of Music. That same year Mr. Lopez and the Saxophone Ensemble at Hendrickson was invited to perform in the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic.

Mr. Lopez received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The University of Texas at Austin. He continues to adjudicate, consult, coordinate programs and clinic marching and concert bands throughout the state. In 2013, he was President of the Longhorn Alumni Band during it’s 50th Annual Reunion and holds affiliations with Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tejas Club Foundation, Texas Cowboys Alumni Association and is a Life Member of the Texas Exes.
Contact: elopez@perform-america.com

Dr. Jeff Laird

VICE PRESIDENT/CO-FOUNDER

Dr. Jeff Laird brings to PAT a wealth of experience on all sides of travel. He has experienced travel through 20+ years as the director of a large, successful band program, over a decade as a fine arts administrator, as a band parent, a participant and now after several years in the travel industry. Jeff has had extensive experience planning for and hosting groups of all kinds and sizes. His own groups have performed at Carnegie Hall, the 52nd Presidential Inaugural Parade, and numerous other festivals nationwide. This wide variety of perspectives allows him to truly understand every angle of group travel.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance, and a Master of Music degree in Music Performance, all from Lamar University in Beaumont. In 1996, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education and Conducting from The University of Houston.

He has served the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) as President, Vice-President and State Band Chair. Other service to the profession include memberships of numerous UIL committees including the UIL Prescribed Music List Committee and the UIL Fine Arts Advisory Council. Jeff’s professional memberships include the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Contact: jlaird@perform-america.com

Artistic Team

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Jerry F. Junkin

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF BANDS

In his 28th year on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin as the Director of Bands, Jerry Junkin is recognized as one of the world’s most highly regarded wind conductors. He serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia and as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony. In 2005 Jerry was presented the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society in recognition of his championing of Grainger’s works. Jerry Junkin is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, having conducted All-State bands and festivals in forty-eight states and on five continents.
Contact: jjunkin@perform-america.com

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Dr. Gene Peterson

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF CHOIRS

Gene Peterson is the Director of Choral Activities at Bethel University in St. Paul MN and only the fourth conductor of the Bethel Choir in its 66 year history. Previously, Dr. Peterson served as the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Director of Choral Ministries at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. As a conductor and music educator himself, Dr. Peterson is pleased to work with his music colleagues that tour with Perform International to build life-changing experiences that meaningfully impact the lives of the performers.
Contact: gpeterson@perform-america.com

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Dr. Robert Frelly

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF ORCHESTRAS

Robert Frelly has taught instrumental music at all levels. For the past 24 years he has served as the Director of Music Education at Chapman University. Dr. Frelly also served as Music Director of the University Wind Symphony and the La Mirada Symphony as well as Associate Conductor of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Southern California Philharmonic. A strong advocate for youth and music, Dr. Frelly is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Southern California Youth Philharmonic, now in its 33rd season, and is a frequent guest conductor and adjudicator for festivals and honor orchestras at home and abroad. He has served as the Artistic Director for festivals on 3 continents and has led performances in 17 countries.
Contact: bfrelly@perform-international.com

Kerry Taylor

ARTISTIC ADVISOR

Kerry Taylor currently serves as Director of Bands for Westlake High School and Fine Arts Director for Eanes ISD. Mr. Taylor is in his 35th year as a band director in the Texas public schools; five years in Katy ISD and 30 in Eanes ISD, a small community just five miles from downtown Austin. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Waterloo Wind Band, a community band in Austin comprised of musicians aged 16-80. He is a graduate (BM in 1981 and MM in 1982) of the University of Texas at Austin.

During his tenure at Westlake HS, the band has travelled extensively and performed in 6 different states and 8 different countries. On January 2, 2017 the Westlake Chaparral Band performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade in California. This was their second appearance (2003) in this parade. The Westlake Wind Ensemble has performed in Carnegie Hall, the 2002 and 2013 Midwest Clinic, the American Bandmasters Association and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. In addition, the Westlake Band has made concert tours to the Pacific Northwest, Canada, western Europe, and the British Isles.

In 1997 the John Philip Sousa Foundation presented the Westlake Band with the Sudler Flag of Honor and, in 2010, the Sudler Shield. The band was recently named one of two programs to be awarded the inaugural Phi Beta Mu-Earl D. Irons “Program of Distinction”.

Mr. Taylor is active as a clinician and adjudicator in Texas and states throughout the South. He has served the Texas Music Educators Association in many positions including President 2005-2006) of the 10,000+ member organization. His other professional memberships include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Phi Beta Mu, National Band Association and the American Bandmasters Association (ABA). He is currently co-chair of the Sousa-ABA-Ostwald Composition Award Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the ABA.  He has received the Bandworld’s “Legion of Honor” (2013), the University Interscholastic League’s “Sponsor of Excellence Award” (2014) and the Texas Bandmasters Association’s “Meritorious Achievement Award” (2016).

Contact: ktaylor@perform-america.com

Susan Williams

Artistic Advisor

Susan Williams taught orchestra in the Texas public schools for 38 years. Her first teaching job was in her home town of Corpus Christi, Texas. She then moved to the Austin area and taught at LBJ High School in AISD for 19 years. Her most recent teaching home was at Westwood High School in the Round Rock Independent School District for 16 years.

Orchestras under her direction consistently received top scores at Texas UIL Concert and Sightreading competitions.

Notable honors were four TMEA Honor Orchestras and a performance at the Midwest International Music Convention in Chicago:

  • 1995-1996 Full Honor Orchestra LBJ High School
  • 2005-2006 Full Honor Orchestra Westwood High School
  • 2009-2010 Full Honor Orchestra Westwood High School
  • 2012-2013 String Honor Orchestra Westwood High School
  • 2013-2014 Full Orchestra Performance at Midwest

Recently retired, Susan is enjoying teaching and conducting in a variety of venues. When not on the podium or in the classroom, she and her husband Frank are on the road in their RV, seeing as much of the United States as they can.

Contact: swilliams@perform-america.com

Robert Stovall

Artistic Advisor

Robert Stovall has devoted thirty-three years to the Texas Public School System as well as four years in the Private Education arena. A Past President of the Texas Music Educators Association, Mr. Stovall is currently the Director of Music and Worship Arts at First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth. While in the education field, Robert’s choirs were awarded UIL sweepstakes, festival grand champions, and Convention Performance invitations throughout his career. Most recently, Mr. Stovall was recognized by his peers of the Texas Choral Directors Association by receiving the TCDA Choral Excellence Award in 2015.

Mr. Stovall has served the state in several different capacities. His involvement in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and most recently, The Texas Music Administrators Conference, have allowed Mr. Stovall the opportunity to promote fine arts throughout the state. He continues to serve as Site-Chair for both regional and national ACDA conventions.

Mr. Stovall is an active adjudicator, speaker, clinician, and conductor both on the state and national level.

In his current position, Mr. Stovall conducts Choral Union four of the many performing ensembles recognized at FUMCFW, including the parent ensemble, Choral Union. He is responsible for staff and all fine art activities in the fine arts of the church. A native of West Texas, Mr. Stovall graduated with both a Bachelors of Music Education and Masters of Music Education from Angelo State University. Mr. Stovall’s choirs have been honored with five invitations to perform at the TMEA convention. He is married to wife, Cindy. They have two sons, Parker, of Midland, Texas, and Austin, of Stephenville, Texas. Robert and Cindy also are proud grandparents to Ryder and Jaxon, sons of Parker and Bonnie Stovall.

Contact: rstovall@perform-america.com

Educational Consultants


  • Larry J. Livingston

    Senior Educational Consultant

    Chair, Department of Conducting
    USC Thornton School of Music


  • Dr. Ryan Kelly

    Assistant Director of Bands/Associate Director of the Longhorn Band
    The University of Texas at Austin


  • Dr. Scott Hanna

    Director of the Longhorn Band
    The University of Texas at Austin


  • Miles Maner

    Bassoon/Contrabassoon
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Adjunct Professor of Bassoon – DePaul University


  • Dr. Kevin Sedatole

    Director of Bands
    Michigan State University


  • Dr. Robert Carnochan

    Director of Wind Ensemble Activities
    Frost School of Music
    University of Miami


  • Dr. Nicholas Williams

    Associate Director of Wind Studies
    Conductor of the Wind Ensemble
    Director of Green Brigade Marching Band
    University of North Texas


  • Brian Hecht

    Bass Trombonist for the Atlanta Symphony


  • Dr. Albert Nguyen

    Director of Bands
    University of Memphis


  • Dr. Stephen Page

    Assistant Professor of Saxophone
    The University of Texas at Austin


  • Jeremy Spicer

    Owner of SASI – The Leadership People
    Former Director of Bands at Vandegrift HS


  • Dr. Scott Deppe

    Director of Bands
    Lamar University


  • Darcy Vogt Williams

    Director of Bands
    Stiles Middle School


  • Josh Gall

    Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands
    The University of Texas at Austin


  • Robert Herrings

    Director of Bands
    Henry Middle School


  • Gerry Miller

    Director of Bands
    Coppell High School


  • Dr. Caroline Beatty

    Director of Bands
    Texas State University


  • Scott Wilson

    Director of Jazz Studies
    University of Florida


  • Steven Bryant

    American Composer/Conductor


  • Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, DMA

    Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony
    Artistic Director & Conductor,
    Durham Medical Orchestra
    Executive Director, World Youth Wind Orchestra Project & World Adult Wind Orchestra Project


  • Dr. Bradley Genevro

    Director of Bands
    University of Texas at El Paso


  • Dr. Blake Richardson

    Director of Orchestral Studies
    The University of Alabama
    Conductor, Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra


  • Dr. Michael Alexander

    Associate Professor of Instrumental Music Education
    Baylor University


  • Gary Lewis

    Director of Orcheatral Studies
    University of Coloardo Boulder


  • Don T. Haynes

    Former Director of Bands at LBJ High School


  • Jim Van Zandt

    Former Director of Fine Arts at Round Rock ISD


  • Cindy Bulloch

    Former Director of Bands at Nimitz Junior High


  • Dr. Carolyn Watson

    Director of Orchestral Activities
    Texas State University


  • Frank Troyka

    Educational Consultant, Conn-Selmer, Inc.
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Education,
    Southern Methodist University