Waco Music Friendly Designation

On July 30, 2020 the State of Texas certified Waco as the twelfth Texas city designated as a “Music Friendly Community”.  Participation in the program establishes a public reputation for Waco as a community that not only has a growing and thriving music scene but as a community that promotes what we have here. It connects Waco with the Texas Music Office (TMO) and the programming and initiatives that can benefit our community. What we do in Waco will be amplified through the TMO’s social media, website, and channels. It allows us to work more closely with other Music Friendly Communities to see what is working and allows us to be innovative leaders in how we cultivate and support our music community.

The designation was the result of a year of hard work by a grassroots local group including Katie Selman of Keep Waco Loud, Lindsay Liepman of Channel 25, Fiona Bond of Creative Waco, and Todd Bertka, Director of the Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). The group held a workshop in August 2019 where artists and professionals representing various styles of music gathered to support seeking the designation. The gathering was the largest workshop of its kind in Texas, with well over 100 attending.

Waco now has a trifecta of special designations awarded by the State of Texas: the Waco Downtown Cultural District, Film Friendly Community, and now Music Friendly Community. These designations indicate that Waco wants to attract activity in these sectors, and supports these important parts of the Waco economy.

Waco Music Industry Directory

Thanks to Katie Selman of Keep Waco Loud, who compiled the initial database and to Melinda Adams for building onto that. This is a listing of musicians and music industry companies located in McLennan County.

Music Directory Submission Form – Use this form to add or update listings.

A sortable, searchable, list of Waco area music professionals.
Business / Band NameSolo Artist or Contact NameTitle / Specialty / InstrumentsDescription of ServicesGenrePhone NumberEmailFor More Information
Candid Images PhotographyBecky StinehourLive Music Photographer / CameraOtherLive Music Photography254-368-1828 [email protected]
Stephany A-Chavira MusicStephany A-ChaviraGuitar / VocalsWorking MusicianAll254-523-5151[email protected]Cover artists for live music venues
Hendrix Productions LLCChance HendrixOwner / Sound EngineerSound and LightingAll254-855-6022[email protected]Sound, stage, lighting, and backline company. Can take care of corporate events and private parties to hometown venues and music festivals. Call, text or email for information.
Stumblin' JaxonLee VanWagnerGuitar / MandolinWorking MusicianAmericana254-424-7539 [email protected]
The SoundwavesJon HoltGuitar / VocalsWorking MusicianVarious, Contemporary Alternative Rock254-913-5867 [email protected]

The Soundwaves is a fun family band. Festivals and special events. The Soundwaves self-titled EP is a collection of original alternative rock music with a positive spin. Spotify preview here:

Just a Little DifferentJustin DerringtonWriter / Performer / ArrangerWorking MusicianMultiple254-978-1588 [email protected]
Central Texas Choral SocietyDavid GuessArtistic DirectorWorking MusicianCommunity Choir[email protected]
CrowderDavid Crowder Contact: Shelley GiglioContemporary Christian678-366-9192[email protected]

Kaley CapertonCountry / Folk / Acoustic(254) 836-1690 • (254) 722-0444[email protected]Business Contact: Sue Caperton
Branded HeartDonnie BergerCountry / Pop / Rock254-424-4794[email protected]
The Bill and Phil ShowBill Hunter / Phil WilsonFolks / Acoustic / Pop / Rock254- 722-8851 • 254-315-3004
Mack AbernathySinger Songwriter / GuitarWorking MusicianCountry, Western Swing254-836-0734 [email protected]
Dustin Terral & Lost Heart HighwayDustin TerralAcoustic Guitar, VocalsWorking MusicanCountry, Southern Rock254-644-2345 [email protected] 
Nate BreezySingerWorking MusicianR&B, Jazz254-447-2772[email protected]
Frank ExumSolo Guitarist
Working Musician
Classical, Spanish, Brazillian, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, etc254-644-6681[email protected]
Run for CoverKerry WheelerGuitar
Working Musician
Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Southern Rock254-640-5034
Brazos BrothersPaul GarciaGuitar, Vocals, Duo
Working Musician
Red Dirt, Classic Country, Classic Rock, Wide Variety254-749-2123
Alexis McLaughlinVocals, Guitar, Singer-SongwriterWorking MusicianVarious 832-374-5778[email protected]
Avery WoodruffGuitar, VocalsWorking MusicianCountry254-749-1034  [email protected]
Instagram - @AveryWoodruffMusic
North of NavasotaChris GoreBass Guitar
Working Musician
Modern Rock, Alt Rock, Grunge254-315-5590[email protected]North of Navasota is a Waco based Rock, Alt-Rock, Post Grunge band.
Instagram: @north_of_navasota  or  @gorebass
4DBMatt GarretsonDrums
Working Musician
Metal, Rock, Alternative[email protected]
Fenix Theory, Eric & Thomas UnpluggedEric HugginsVocalsWorking MusicianVarious254-498-7088[email protected]Solo -
Duo -
Full Band -
Elvis Tribute ArtistJohn CobbVocalsWorking MusicianElvis254-534-0912[email protected]
Redneck RockstarsJD JohnsonRhythm guitar, bass, vocalsWorking MusicianCountry, Rock254-447-4012
Michael SaldanaVocals, Guitar
Working Musician
Texas Country, Red Dirt, Rock, Oldies254-722-4224[email protected]
CaCean Ballou and The DirtyCrawfishCaCean BallouBass, Drums, Guitar, Jack of all tradesWorking MusicianRock, Country, Blues, R&B, Oldies, etc.214-791-1244[email protected]
Jennifer Pisarcik (JP)Singer, Duo
Working Musician
Various[email protected]
Gary GT TaylorGuitar, Vocals
Working Musician
Rock, Folk, Country, Various254-426-6536[email protected]
David DoranGuitar, Baritone Guitar, Mando
Working Musician
Various254-855-4762[email protected]Guitar Player for hire -
Trey StephensonGuitar, VocalsWorking MusicianCountry, Southern Rock254-242-5564[email protected]
Jonna Mae & The MaefliesJonna MaeMando, Guitar, Vocals
Working Musician
Americana, Country, Folk, Blues970-401-3395[email protected]
The Damn Moore Boys, Sparkle Motion!, Tired, GracklesBeau RobbinsDrummer, bassist, vocalistWorking MusicianVarious254-493-2691[email protected]I've been playing in bands here in Waco for over a decade ranging from country, rock, hip-hop, experimental, and just about anything I can get my hands on.
Sparkle Motion!Ryan CastilloGuitaristWorking MusicianAlternative254-339-7993[email protected]
Steven ScheifleyDrummerWorking MusicianVarious254-224-1438[email protected]Drummer for various groups including Shane Howard Band, Waco Jazz Orchestra, Byron Swann Band, Max & Lynnette, $5 Shake and Lynn Woolley as well as for the Sunday worship services at Lorena UMC.
Enoc HernandezRecording Engineer/Musician/ProducerRecording Services & StudiosVarious254-652-6923[email protected]I am a graduate student from the MCC Audio Engineering program and work with local artist in producing and/or recording their original songs.
Zack ZajicekDrummerWorking MusicianVarious254-981-9711[email protected]I’ve been a drummer in the Waco music scene since 2016, and I also have experience playing in symphonic bands, musicals, orchestras, and percussion ensembles.
Branded CrossKenneth PaschalDrummerWorking MusicianCountry Gospel254-625-0562[email protected] [email protected] Country Gospel Music Music available on ITunes and other music outlets
ApolloSound Sound EngineeringAaron McLeanOwner/EngineerRecording Services & StudiosHip Hop254-424-3020[email protected]All the music we make is hip hop focused, although I record any kind of music in my studio.
Franco the BullAustin KlattGuitar, VocalsWorking MusicianRock, Alternative254-624-7257[email protected]A two piece act somewhere between post rock, dream pop, and shoegaze.
Thomas CsorbaSinger, SongwriterWorking MusicianAmericana713-805-9078[email protected]Americana Music!
TWM EntertainmentTommy MorrissOwner, Booking AgentMusic PromotionsTexas Country254-749-0726[email protected]
Jenn JungSound / Booking Agent / ProductionSound & LightingVarious254-723-2936[email protected]I have a degree in Venue and Talent Management with live sound.
Darwynn NailGuitar, VocalsWorking MusicianCountry, Various254-366-2386[email protected]
Storm SimpsonBass playerWorking MusicianRock, Country, Americana, Metal254-229-1790[email protected]I play rock, country, Americana and Metal..
Keep Waco LoudKatie SelmanCo-FounderMusic PromotionsVarious770-866-4130[email protected]
GalleywinterBrad BehelerPromoter / Writer / Talent BuyerMusic PromotionsVarious[email protected]Galleywinter is a Texas Music tradition of writing, podcasting and concert promotion dating back to 1999. We are headquartered in Waco, TX.
Dirty EchoesChris ErmoianGuitar, VocalsWorking MusicianVarious254-495-5718[email protected]Dirty Echoes is a power-pop band based out of Waco, Texas featuring Chris Ermoian (vocals/guitar), Casey Pittman (vocals/guitar), Jeremy Gautier (vocals/drums) and Beau Green (bass).
E-Cleff Productions, Inc. (Texas Music Cafe)Chris ErmoianPresidentRecording Services & StudiosVarious254-495-5718[email protected]TV, radio, and internet variety music programming featuring national, regional, and local performers of original music.
Spin ConnectionJoshua WojciechowskiCo-OwnerRecord Store/Live Music VenueVarious254-717-0586[email protected]We are passionate about music and want to continue to see Waco artists grow.
Another Band of GypsysTJ BellLead Guitar, VocalsWorking MusicianRock, Blues, Various254-292-3929[email protected]
King CountryGreg LathamLead Guitar & VocalsWorking MusicianAlternative832-444-0802[email protected]We consider ourselves "Heavy Texas" or some combination of garage & psychedelic rock with Texas flair.
KCCasey KirvenRapperWorking MusicianRap254-424-8216[email protected]I am a rapper/musician in the waco area
Oniichan ProductionsMike HamiltonOwnerRecording Services & StudiosVarious254-379-0904[email protected]local podcasts, web/graphic design, streaming media, jack of all trades
Zet ZeroCory ZimmermanBass, Guitar, VocalsWorking MusicianRock, Alternative254-339-6060[email protected]Zet Zero is a 3 piece original post punk revival band, we play mostly in Waco and want to see the scene grow!!
Gerald Wilburn JrSaxophoneWorking MusicianJazz, R&B, Hip Hop254-400-9986[email protected]My stage name is Saxy G. I play the alto saxophone, I play multiple genres, but my favorites are Jazz, R&B, and Hip Hop.
Instagram @saxyg
The Fox and the CrowThurman BrownGuitar, VocalsWorking MusicianAmericana254-640-4481[email protected]
PhD PedalsCorey HackworthGuitar/Bass PedalsCustom Pedals - Gear TechVarious319-512-2169[email protected]Based in Waco - Hand-made boutique effect pedals for guitar and bass. Analog dirt.
Waco Symphony Orchestra and Baylor Symphony OrchestraStephen HeydeWaco Symphony Music Director and Conductor; Conductor in Residence at Baylor University.Working MusicianClassical254-744-2976[email protected]
Dr. Michael AlexanderCello, StringsWorking MusicianClassical, Various254-710-6579[email protected]I am a Cellist and Conductor of orchestral music.
Lorena ISDBrooke ArellanoChoir/Voice TeacherNon Profit (501c3) Music ProgramClassical, Various254-723-1102[email protected]Elementary Music, Middle School Choir Director and High School Choir Director
Baylor University and Latitude 49Jani ParsonsExecutive Director, PianistMusic Related University or College ProgramClassical, Progressive734-358-0227[email protected]
Youth Chorus of Central TexasFlorence ScattergoodChoir DirectorNon Profit (501c3) Music ProgramClassical, Various254-744-5266[email protected]
Patrick KellyGuitarWorking MusicianJazz, Various254-412-4273[email protected]
Stephen GusukumaLecturer in Choral MusicMusic InstructorClassical254-710-3565[email protected]
Jennifer LopezSingerMusic Related University or College ProgramR&B, Alternative254-548-9561[email protected]I sing a lot of R&B and alternative music. 🙂
Prince AlfaroTrumpeterMusic Related University or College ProgramClassical, Various254-301-8112[email protected]
Beau BensonGuitarWorking MusicianClassical, Various214-912-4391[email protected]Conductor, teacher, composer, etc.
Dave Wild TrioDave WildPianoWorking MusicianJazz, Various254-741-6450[email protected]
Anthony SuterSaxophonist, Waco community bandNon Profit (501c3) Music ProgramClassical, Various361-696-1515[email protected]
Edgar SierraAdjunct instructor/ voice teacherMusic InstructorVarious254-495-4070[email protected]Adjunct instructor at MCC and voice teacher for local high schools.
Far From ReachMichael JohnsonGuitar Player - LeadWorking MusicianRock, Various254-379-1003[email protected]I play Lead Guitar for Far From Reach.
Far From ReachLenny MonaghanGuitar playerWorking MusicianRock, Various254-730-0917[email protected]Far From Reach is a local band. We play original rock and covers.
Far From ReachCassie SchwakeSingerWorking MusicianRock, Various254-733-0753[email protected]Alt rock/bluesy rock band from Waco. Founded in 2018
McLennan CollegeJon ConradDirector of BandsMusic Related University or College ProgramClassical or Commercial, Various254-299-8220[email protected]
Direct Resonance Recording Studio, LLCSteven & Kayla RosasChief Audio Engineer/OwnerRecording StudioVarious254-756-1815[email protected]
Waco SymphonyMichael BrackenMarketing DirectorOtherClassical254-754-2825[email protected]
Kris HunterBassistWorking MusicianRock254-640-3657[email protected]
Giovanni Tha KingGiovanni KingArtistWorking MusicianRap512-566-2701[email protected]
Roger VasquezBassistWorking MusicianVarious512-731-7713[email protected]
Shade SteeleBass Guitar, SongwriterWorking MusicianVarious254-230-7276[email protected]I play bass guitar, write songs, among other things. I play multiple genres including blues, country, alternative/indie, and rock.
Heath NashRapperWorking MusicianRap254-229-2723[email protected]
Nathan PriceDrummerWorking MusicianVarious254-265-1597[email protected]
Holly Tucker LLCHolly TuckerArtist, Entertainer, Singer, SongwriterWorking MusicianCountry254-723-8087[email protected]
Loaded Sound, LLCIV WilliamsAudio/VisualSound & LightingVarious254-300-3796[email protected]
Nawf LxrdsD'Javion RobinsonRapperWorking MusicianRap254-717-1935[email protected]
Morgan Lee PowersMorgan PowersSinger - SongwriterWorking MusicianCountry254-981-4144[email protected]17 year old singer songwriter from Waco Texas.
TexasT Ent.Thomas CarrizalesDJDJVarious254-301-6405[email protected]I’m Resident Dj at BSR Cable Park.
Blame it on NicholasNicholas RomoRapperWorking MusicianRap254-652-4869[email protected]
BreadCampDjsDevin PattonDJDJVarious254-722-1197[email protected]