Dr. Sarah McKoin serves as the Director of Bands, Professor of Music and Chair of the conducting area at Texas Tech University. Her responsibilities include Conductor and Musical Director of the TTU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, administrating the graduate program in wind conducting, pedagogy and wind literature, while overseeing all facets of the university band program which include 5 concert bands, the 400-member Goin’ Band and other athletic bands. Under Dr. McKoin’s direction, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble has been featured at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, College Band Director’s National Association Southwest regional conferences, and the North American Saxophone Alliance national convention.
An advocate of contemporary composition and diversity in programming, Dr. McKoin’s ensemble has recorded for Naxos and Albany on world premiere recordings of the wind music of Chen Yi and Narong Prangcharoen. She has collaborated with numerous composers in performance and frequently supports consortiums and premieres of new music. She is currently in the early stages of production of a world premiere recording of Avner Dorman’s wind music.
Active as a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. McKoin has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She has worked in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, and Israel where she served as producer for the world premiere recording of Roberto Sierra's Fantasia Correliana with the Castellani-Andriaccio guitar duo and Israeli Chamber Orchestra.
Prior to her appointment at Texas Tech, Professor McKoin was the Director of Bands at the
University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and held appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia. Additionally, Dr. McKoin was on the conducting faculty at the Brevard Music Center for ten summers and has taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has served as President of the Southwest Division of the College Band Director's National Association as well as President of the Big 12 Band Director’s Association.
Lynn Seaton was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 18, 1957. He began studying classical guitar at age seven, switching to string bass at age nine. While studying music at the University of Oklahoma, he began working the clubs around the state.
In September of 1980, Lynn relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio to join the Steve Schmidt Trio and the Blue Wisp Big Band. During September of 1984, Lynn joined Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Herd. July of 1985 brought him a position with the Count Basie Orchestra. During this time he moved to New York City (1986) where he resided until 1998. After his two-year engagement with the Basie Band, he did an extended tour with Tony Bennett and a six-month tour with George Shearing. Much of 1991 was spent touring with Monty Alexander. 1992 through 1994 was spent freelancing in the New York area. 1995 until the fall of 2000 was with the Jeff Hamilton Trio. In 1998 he was hired at the University of North Texas. He has performed in 49 of the 50 US states (call him for a gig in Alaska!), over 35 countries, and at festivals world wide including the Bern, Concord, JVC, Kool, Kyoto, Chicago, Nice, Elkhart, Kansas City, Montreal, Edmonton, Newport, North Sea, Perugia, West Coast, San Sebastian, Ottercrest, Topeka, Sarasota, Paradise Valley and Poori .
Lynn has worked alongside many outstanding musicians, including: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ernestine Anderson, Buck Clayton, Al Cohn, Kenny Drew Jr., Blossom Dearie, Bob Dorough, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Herb Ellis, John Fedchock, Frank Foster, Freddy Green, Tim Hagans, Jeff Hamilton, Scott Hamilton, Wynard Harper, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Marian McPartland, Jay McShann, Mark Murphy, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jimmy Raney, Emily Remler, Diane Schuur, Maria Schneider, Bud Shank, Carol Sloane, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Maxine Sullivan, Mel Torme, Frank Wess, Joe Willliams, Nancy Wilson, Steve Wilson, Mark Vinci and Teddy Wilson. In addition, he has worked in the jingle studios, pit bands for shows, with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony. Lynn Seaton has performed on television broadcasts including CBS Sunday Morning, Japanese, Dutch, Swiss and German National TV, and radio broadcasts including NPR and several European and Asian stations.
Lynn is now a full professor at the University of North Texas. He thoroughly enjoys teaching workshops, coaching ensembles, and doing artist-in residence programs, having done many throughout America, Asia, and Europe including numerous schools, kindergarten through college, Jamey Aebersold’s and UNT jazz camps, and Clark Terry’s Institute of Jazz Studies. He continues to host the Jazz Double Bass Workshop at the University of North Texas.
Lynn has participated on over 125 released recordings including: the Grammy Award winning "Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra" plus two Grammy nominated recordings: "Woody Herman 50th Anniversary", and John Fedchock’s “No Nonsense”. Lynn has several critically acclaimed recordings under his own name: "Bassman's Basement" is available on Timeless Records, “Solo Bass Flights” on Omnitone, “Live!!!” on ISB, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” on Nagel Heyer and “Zoom Blewz” on Armored Records. Kendor Press published his book "Jazz Solos for Bass".
He is currently living in Highland Village, Texas, working and recording with many great jazz artists, and leading his own trio. He has conducted All-State Big Bands in OK and NY. Lynn is a member of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Cincinnati, Ohio Jazz Hall of fame, winner of the Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year, and was named a Fulbright Scholar to teach and perform in Riga, Latvia. Lynn serves on the Advisory Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists.