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November 2021 Networking Lunch

November 9, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm CST

$35.00 – $40.00

The 70,000-square-foot John D. White ’70 – Robert L. Walker ’58 Music Activities Center is the proper home for the more than 1,300 Texas A&M students involved in bands, orchestras and choirs.  The MAC grand opening in August 2019, brought an exuberant end to 26 years of dreaming and planning.  The Center includes rehearsal halls, soundproof practice rooms, storage space for instruments, archival rooms, and administrative offices.  Nearby, sits a perfect 1:1 replica of Kyle Field made of turf meant to last much longer than the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band’s previous drill field, which did not fare well under the precision turns of bandsmen and women.

Travis Almany, Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of Bands, will bring us an insider’s view of this state-of-the-art facility, designed and built to address the unique variety of TAMU musical offerings.
Mr. Almany is the conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Symphonic Winds.  He also serves as an assistant with the University Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band.
While Texas A&M does not offer a music degree program, students from all majors and disciplines may participate and perform in musical groups.  The Center is a place where students can forget about assignments and exams and just focus on making music.  An escape where those who are passionate about music can go to feel inspired.

BONUS: Meredith Wheeler will be in the Member Spotlight to tell us about the exciting plans for Sesh Coworking workspaces.

EXTRA BONUS: We’ll be giving away an Early Bird Pass to the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market.
Early Bird passes are good for repeat admission all four days November 11-14, 2021.  AND allow for early admission (8:30AM) on Thursday and Friday.  AND Early Bird pass holders have a separate entry line.
We will draw the name of the lucky winner at the close of this lunch event.  Winner need not be present to win (but it would be a lot more fun if you were there!!)
After you buy your lunch ticket (see above), purchase your chances to win: $5 for 1 chance, $15 for 5 chances, $25 for 10 chances.
This drawing is not connected to Houston Ballet in any way. All proceeds from this purchase will be donated to Texas A&M student organizations and programs.
NOTE: Face value of an Early Bird pass is $50.

Join with us on November 9th for another “can’t miss” episode of Houston Aggie Women Networking Luncheons.
Like all Houston Aggie Women events, the November 9th Networking Lunch is OPEN TO ALL.  No membership required.
Current members do get a discount on their lunch price.  Click here to purchase your Annual Membership now and begin taking advantage of Member Pricing immediately.

$30 Member Early Bird Pricing – register no later than November 2nd. $35 Member Price if you pay on-line after November 2nd or at the door.

$35 NON-Member Early Bird Pricing – register no later than November 2nd. $40 NON-Member Price if you pay on-line after November 2nd or at the door.

Past lunches have SOLD OUT.  We cannot guarantee you a seat unless you register online before the event.

NOTE: The room capacity limit may decrease as we approach the actual date of this event. Better safe than sorry….buy that ticket now!

Lunch is served family-style – this month’s menu includes salad, pasta, grilled chicken with veggies, and don’t forget those fabulous desserts! Yum!

Questions? E-mail JClark@melton-melton.com or Info@HoustonAggieWomen.org.

HOUSTON AGGIE WOMEN is a key resource for Aggie women, friends and family.  We connect the Houston Aggie community through networking, education, and giving back.

Our events are OPEN TO ALL – men and women, Aggies and Non-Aggies – anyone needing a little boost.

Second Tuesday of every month – networking starts at 11:30 a.m., lunch from 11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join us for good food, good conversation, and an interesting speaker – sometimes an Aggie, sometimes not, but always interesting.

Afraid you won’t know anyone there?  Bring a friend!

Can’t find a friend to bring?  Don’t worry!  In a room full of friendly Aggies, you’re bound to find a conversation to join.  And with our wide range of Class Years, you’ll probably find someone with a Class Ring just like yours.

Travis is the Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of Bands at Texas A&M University. In this role, he is the conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Symphonic Winds. He also serves as an assistant with the University Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and Concert Band. He has also served as Associate Director of the nationally famous “Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.” In addition to his conducting and rehearsal duties, Mr. Almany is responsible for recruiting, auditions and administrative duties of the orchestras and bands. Mr. Almany has been honored with the “Award of Distinction” by the Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs.

Mr. Almany is a graduate of Lindale High school where he played in his father’s band. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University, where his principal studies were with John Whitwell and Dr. Charles Gavin. Mr. Almany graduated from SFA as the Lenville Martin outstanding music graduate. He earned his Master of Music Education in Instrumental Conducting degree from the University of Illinois, where he was a fellowship student of Jim Keene and Mark Moore.

Prior to his appointment at Texas A&M, Mr. Almany taught at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he was the marching band director and tuba/euphonium instructor, and at Lamar University where he was the Assistant Director of Bands. He also taught in the Texas public schools at Watauga Middle School, Georgetown High School, Lindale High School and Silsbee High School. His public school bands consistently received 1st divisions at UIL contests and his students achieved many individual honors.

Mr. Almany is active as a clinician, conductor and adjudicator throughout the state. He has conducted and presented clinics at the TMEA clinic in San Antonio, various school consortiums, and individual schools. He regularly serves as a conductor with all-region and other honor ensembles. Mr. Almany has served as adjudicator for numerous UIL, invitational band contests, and festivals. As a euphonium soloist he has performed with the Texas A&M Wind Symphony, the Lamar University Symphonic Band, the Southern Illinois University Wind Ensemble, and several high school bands. Mr. Almany was honored to be chosen as one of only four SFA graduate soloists to open SFA’s new music recital hall.

Mr. Almany’s professional memberships have included Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, College Music Society, National Association of Military Marching Bands, Tubist Universal Brotherhood Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha and honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Travis is married to Becky Almany who teaches English at Blinn College.


November 9, 2021
11:30 am - 1:00 pm CST
$35.00 – $40.00
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Maggiano’s Little Italy
2019 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056 United States
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