Alumni Spotlight
10/14/2019

Johnathan DoerrJohnathan Doerr graduated from Seguin High School in 2011. He is an alumnus of the Mighty Matador Marching Band and was drum major for the 2010 marching season. During his time at SHS, he achieved second chair saxophone in the TMEA All-State top band. Johnathan was also a state finalist in Business Professionals of America for his competitive plans to build a net-zero energy cost and eco-friendly resort off the shores of Sydney, Australia.

 

Johnathan went on to attend Texas Tech University to pursue a degree in music education. While in Lubbock, Johnathan was a consistent member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Texas Tech’s premier band. As a member of this ensemble, he was a part of a multitude of composition premiers, tours, and national conference performances. As a member of the Texas Tech saxophone studio, Johnathan performed at multiple North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, Texas Music Educator conferences, as well as an appearance at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. Johnathan has had the pleasure of performing for some of the world’s most renowned saxophonists including Claude Delangle (Paris Conservatory), Jérôme Selmer (CEO of Selmer Instruments), Jeffrey Loeffert (Oklahoma State University), Matt Sintchak (University of Wisconsin) and many more.

 

During his time at Texas Tech, Johnathan founded a drum corps called The Guardians. Drum corps is essentially the marching band’s major league. The Guardians are now a consistent Drum Corps International World Championship class finalist. The Guardians tour across the nation each summer, making appearances in dozens of states. This includes performances at the Alamodome in San Antonio and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Students come from all over the nation and the world to audition for the Guardians. The Guardians have accepted auditions from students from as far as Japan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Johnathan was the youngest corps director in the modern history of Drum Corps International, at 19 years old. The Guardians have also received recognition from Grammy award-winning artists, such as Chance the Rapper.

 

Johnathan is an active marching drill designer, arranger, and clinician. He has worked with companies such as Gary P. Gilroy and several high schools and collegiate marching bands across the nation. Now residing in Boulder, CO, he currently teaches band.

 

One of the most important lessons Johnathan learned from Seguin High School was that you are the only person in control of your destiny. You will achieve as much or as little as you set out to achieve in life. Johnathan also stresses that no matter the route you end up taking in life, you are not alone and that you are loved.

 

Johnathan contributes some of his successes to the opportunities Seguin provided in business development and music. Without the resources available to him at critical points in his development at Seguin High School, he is unsure of where he would be today.