University of Houston

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Established in 1927, a University where many Drum Corps "kats" are either students or teachers. David Garry Bertman is the director of the Spirit of Houston which includes the Marching Band. With Bertman as the director, many (you guessed it) Cavaliers, Bluecoats, Madison Scouts, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights alum (and a few others) go to school here. Many of which are Music Majors in the Moores School of Music, where Bertman is also the director of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (2nd band).

Well-Known Students/Alumni

Brandon Barrometti - Cavaliers Contra 1999-2001, Drum Major 2002, Brass Staff 2003-2004

Peter Weber - Cavaliers Soprano 1993-1996, Drum Major 1997-1998, Drill Writer for Madison Scouts in 2005 and current (2006) writer for Santa Clara Vanguard.

Joni Viertel - Cadets Mellophone 1998-1999, Brass Caption Head Blue Knights 2005-2006