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MEET THE BAND

 
JOSE 'TARO' GUTIERREZ
Keyboards, Vocals
     Taro joined The Resonators in September of 2006, replacing Terry Davidson, who moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. Taro is a lifelong resident of Ojinaga and Presidio, having retired from a 30-year career teaching public school in Mexico. Currently he teaches mariachi and folkloric dance at Presidio (TX) High School.
     Taro's playing experience includes a stint with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra in the 1960's, numerous local groups over the years, plus his own band- 'Las Meras Cuerdas'-which he currently fronts in Ojinaga, Mexico.
JOHN FERGUSON
Trumpet, Vocals
     John has been actively involved in the Big Bend music scene for many years.  Teaching in Presidio since 1987, he has brought his high school band program into the mainstream, including three ex-students now in the music education field themselves.
     John’s playing experience dates back to 1972 when he joined the elementary school band as a third grader.  In 1984 he was honored with the selection to the Olympic Marching Band in Los Angeles.  Aside from his varied ensemble experiences with school groups, John’s initiation into professional music came with a few gigs in 1986-87 performing with the Floyd Warren Orchestra in Waterloo, Iowa during his two years as a graduate student.
     Around 1996, John began to regularly perform with ensembles at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.  In the spring of 2004, he was appointed as adjunct brass instructor at Sul Ross, in addition to joining The Resonators!
     John's main musical influences are Todd Rundgren and Gino Vannelli, while his daily inspiration comes from his wife, Lucy (see below), and children, Molly and Max.
LUCY FERGUSON
Trombone, Lead Vocals
     Lucy began her musical career at age four, singing with the McBride Sisters, a group comprised of Lucy and four older sisters.  Residing in northeast Iowa, the McBride Sisters were local favorites at county fairs, telethons and numerous other functions.  Lucy’s father, a life-long musician, has played steel guitar regularly in a country-western band in northeast Iowa since the late 1930’s.
     While studying music at the University of Northern Iowa, Lucy performed with the wind symphony, university orchestra, and was a member of a local brass quintet.  In 1989 she began the band program at Franco Middle School in Presidio, Texas, where she still teaches today.  Lucy has performed with several local music groups in the Big Bend over the years, including ensembles from Sul Ross State University and the Alpine Community Band.  Her major musical influences have been her family, her band/choir teachers and Weird Al Yankovic.
     In her spare time, Lucy enjoys being with her family, as well as jogging and cycling.
TONY LUJAN
Guitar, Lead Vocals
     Tony began his musical career as a young man in his hometown of Alpine, Texas.  He has performed with a multitude of musical peers such as Willie Nelson, Robert Waller and Ziggy Marley. He has played with many local groups, including Groupo de la Paz, Craig Carter and the Spur of the Moment Band, Michael Stevens, and Jim Raby and the Desert Stars. He has traveled extensively, playing for crowds in exotic places like Switzerland and Jamacia, as well as all over the western United States.
     In his spare time, Tony enjoys being with his family and friends, including his dogs and horses.
MARTY TIDWELL
Guitar, Vocals
   Marty joined The Resonators in April 2007, making a comeback to the music scene he formerly was a part of in Iraan and Ozona, Texas during the 1990's. His background includes rock, country and Tejano. Marty is a veteran special education teacher in Presidio, Texas and is married with four children.

MANOLO DAVILA
Drums