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 the 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. 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
Mason HaysMason HaysSinger-Songwriter, Solo artist, bass, guitarWorking MusicianCountry, Blues254-715-7962 Masonhaysbooking@gmail.comInstagram
Madstone BandJames MadstoneWorking MusicianCountry Rock, Red Dirt, Classic Rock, Southern Rock805-434-1111 james@accountcraft.comMadstone is available for 3 and 4 hour venues. We are professional, show up on time, do not do drugs or drink much more than a few beers. We provide all our own gear and promise a high energy fun time for everybody. We play a mix of swing blues originals, country, red dirt, southern and classic rock.
Music Association of Central TexasOrganization / Resource254-661-9270mactprez1@gmail.com
Shawtime ProductionsTroy ShawExecutive Producer / PresidentProduction Company 254-214-1555shawtimeproductions@gmail.com
A creative collective and boutique production company with a strong focus on producing short films, music videos, tv commercials, promos,and branded content.
Retro Rose IITom "Top" ClarkGuitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Banjo, UkeleleWorking MusicianRock, Blues, American, Original
The Union RevivalAaron and Amanda KonzelmanWorking MusiciansFolk / Americanaaaron@theunionrevival.com
You Tube
Candid Images PhotographyBecky StinehourLive Music Photographer / CameraOtherLive Music Photography254-368-1828
Stephany A-Chavira MusicStephany A-ChaviraGuitar / VocalsWorking MusicianAll254-523-5151stephanychavira1120@gmail.comCover artists for live music venues
Hendrix Productions LLCChance HendrixOwner / Sound EngineerSound and LightingAll254-855-6022Hendrixproductionsllc@gmail.comSound, 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
The SoundwavesJon HoltGuitar / VocalsWorking MusicianVarious, Contemporary Alternative Rock254-913-5867

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
Central Texas Choral SocietyDavid GuessArtistic DirectorWorking MusicianCommunity Choircentraltexaschoralsociety@yahoo.com
CrowderDavid Crowder Contact: Shelley GiglioContemporary Christian678-366-9192info@sixstepsrecords.com

Kaley CapertonCountry / Folk / Acoustic254-836-1690 • 254-722-0444kaleycaperton@gmail.comBusiness Contact: Sue Caperton
Branded HeartDonnie BergerCountry / Pop / Rock254-424-4794dwbmusician@grandecom.net
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 info@mackabernathy.com
Dustin Terral & Lost Heart HighwayDustin TerralAcoustic Guitar, VocalsWorking MusicanCountry, Southern Rock254-644-2345 
Nate BreezySingerWorking MusicianR&B, Jazz254-447-2772Booknatebreezy@gmail.com
Frank ExumSolo Guitarist
Working Musician
Classical, Spanish, Brazillian, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, etc254-644-6681exumguitarstudio@gmail.com
Run for CoverKerry WheelerGuitar
Working Musician
Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Southern Rock254-640-5034
Brazos BrothersPaul GarciaGuitar, Vocals, Acoustic Duo
Working Musician
Country, Classic Rock, Pop, 80's/90's/Current, Standards 254-749-2123
Avery WoodruffGuitar, VocalsWorking MusicianCountry254-749-1034  holidaymgt@outlook.com
Instagram - @AveryWoodruffMusic
North of NavasotaChris GoreBass Guitar
Working Musician
Modern Rock, Alt Rock, Grunge254-315-5590Northofnavasota@yahoo.comNorth of Navasota is a Waco based Rock, Alt-Rock, Post Grunge band.
Instagram: @north_of_navasota  or  @gorebass
4DBMatt GarretsonDrums
Working Musician
Metal, Rock, AlternativeMattgarretson47@gmail.com
Fenix Theory, Eric & Thomas UnpluggedEric HugginsVocalsWorking MusicianVarious254-498-7088Hugginsmusictx@gmail.comSolo -
Duo -
Full Band -
Elvis Tribute ArtistJohn CobbVocalsWorking MusicianElvis254-534-0912johnecobbeta@gmail.com
Redneck RockstarsJD JohnsonRhythm guitar, bass, vocalsWorking MusicianCountry, Rock254-447-4012
Michael SaldanaVocals, Guitar
Working Musician
Texas Country, Red Dirt, Rock, Oldies254-722-4224bettyjolewis1@yahoo.com
CaCean Ballou and The DirtyCrawfishCaCean BallouBass, Drums, Guitar, Jack of all tradesWorking MusicianRock, Country, Blues, R&B, Oldies, etc.214-791-1244dirtycrawfish75@gmail.com
Jennifer Pisarcik (JP)Singer, Duo
Working Musician
Gary GT TaylorGuitar, Vocals
Working Musician
Rock, Folk, Country,
David DoranGuitar, Baritone Guitar, Mando
Working Musician
Various254-855-4762soulchemist@gmail.comGuitar Player for hire -
Trey StephensonGuitar, VocalsWorking MusicianCountry, Southern Rock254-242-5564Treystph93@icloud.com
Jonna Mae & The MaefliesJonna MaeMando, Guitar, Vocals
Working Musician
Americana, Country, Folk, Blues970-401-3395bookjonnamae@gmail.com
The Damn Moore Boys, Sparkle Motion!, Tired, GracklesBeau RobbinsDrummer, bassist, vocalistWorking MusicianVarious254-493-2691beeowl237@gmail.comI'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
Steven ScheifleyDrummerWorking MusicianVarious254-224-1438slsdrums@yahoo.comDrummer 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 & StudiosVarious254-652-6923enoc.hernandez.LS@gmail.comI 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 MusicianVarious254-981-9711zackzajicek@gmail.comI’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 Facebook@BrandedCrossMusic Country Gospel Music Music available on ITunes and other music outlets
ApolloSound Sound EngineeringAaron McLeanOwner/EngineerRecording Services & StudiosHip Hop254-424-3020apollosoundengineering@gmail.comAll the music we make is hip hop focused, although I record any kind of music in my studio.
Franco the BullAustin KlattGuitar, VocalsWorking MusicianRock, Alternative254-624-7257austinaklatt@gmail.comA two piece act somewhere between post rock, dream pop, and shoegaze.
Thomas CsorbaSinger, SongwriterWorking MusicianAmericana713-805-9078thomascsorbamusic@gmail.comAmericana Music!
TWM EntertainmentTommy MorrissOwner, Booking AgentMusic PromotionsTexas Country254-749-0726tommy.morriss@yahoo.com
Jenn JungSound / Booking Agent / ProductionSound & LightingVarious254-723-2936jenniferannejung@gmail.comI have a degree in Venue and Talent Management with live sound.
Darwynn NailGuitar, VocalsWorking MusicianCountry, Various254-366-2386ndarwynn@yahoo.com
Storm SimpsonBass playerWorking MusicianRock, Country, Americana, Metal254-229-1790Aceofbass1977@gmail.comI play rock, country, Americana and Metal..
Keep Waco LoudKatie SelmanCo-FounderMusic PromotionsVarious770-866-4130Katie@Keepwacoloud.com
GalleywinterBrad BehelerPromoter / Writer / Talent BuyerMusic PromotionsVariousbrad.beheler@gmail.comGalleywinter 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 MusicianVarious254-495-5718booking@dirtyechoes.comDirty 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 & StudiosVarious254-495-5718info@texasmusiccafe.comTV, radio, and internet variety music programming featuring national, regional, and local performers of original music.
Spin ConnectionJoshua WojciechowskiCo-OwnerRecord Store/Live Music VenueVarious254-717-0586jmwojthr5@gmail.comWe are passionate about music and want to continue to see Waco artists grow.
Another Band of GypsysTJ BellLead Guitar, VocalsWorking MusicianRock, Blues, Various254-292-3929tjakajimi@yahoo.com
King CountryGreg LathamLead Guitar & VocalsWorking MusicianAlternative832-444-0802kingcountryattacks@gmail.comWe consider ourselves "Heavy Texas" or some combination of garage & psychedelic rock with Texas flair.
KCCasey KirvenRapperWorking MusicianRap254-424-8216caseyekirven22@icloud.comI am a rapper/musician in the waco area
Oniichan ProductionsMike HamiltonOwnerRecording Services & StudiosVarious254-379-0904mrh0504@gmail.comlocal podcasts, web/graphic design, streaming media, jack of all trades
Zet ZeroCory ZimmermanBass, Guitar, VocalsWorking MusicianRock, Alternative254-339-6060zetzeroband@gmail.comZet 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 Hop254-400-9986wilburnjrg@yahoo.comMy 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 MusicianAmericana254-640-4481jthurmanbrown@gmail.com
PhD PedalsCorey HackworthGuitar/Bass PedalsCustom Pedals - Gear TechVarious319-512-2169phdpedals@gmail.comBased 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 MusicianClassical254-744-2976Stephen_Heyde@baylor.edu
Dr. Michael AlexanderCello, StringsWorking MusicianClassical, Various254-710-6579Michael_L_Alexander@Baylor.eduI am a Cellist and Conductor of orchestral music.
Lorena ISDBrooke ArellanoChoir/Voice TeacherNon Profit (501c3) Music ProgramClassical, Various254-723-1102brookearellano@lorenaisd.netElementary Music, Middle School Choir Director and High School Choir Director
Baylor University and Latitude 49Jani ParsonsExecutive Director, PianistMusic Related University or College ProgramClassical, Progressive734-358-0227janiannparsons@gmail.com
Youth Chorus of Central TexasFlorence ScattergoodChoir DirectorNon Profit (501c3) Music ProgramClassical, Various254-744-5266fscattergood@gmail.com
Patrick KellyGuitarWorking MusicianJazz, Various254-412-4273kellypatrick067@gmail.com
Stephen GusukumaLecturer in Choral MusicMusic InstructorClassical254-710-3565Stephen_Gusukuma@baylor.edu
Jennifer LopezSingerMusic Related University or College ProgramR&B, Alternative254-548-9561jennifercitlalilopez@gmail.comI sing a lot of R&B and alternative music. 🙂
Prince AlfaroTrumpeterMusic Related University or College ProgramClassical, Various254-301-8112prince.alfaro@yahoo.com
Beau BensonGuitarWorking MusicianClassical, Various214-912-4391bbenson81@hotmail.comConductor, teacher, composer, etc.
Dave Wild TrioDave WildPianoWorking MusicianJazz, Various254-741-6450dawild@att.net
Anthony SuterSaxophonist, Waco community bandNon Profit (501c3) Music ProgramClassical, Various361-696-1515saxtactical@gmail.com
Edgar SierraAdjunct instructor/ voice teacherMusic InstructorVarious254-495-4070ed.sierra7@gmail.comAdjunct instructor at MCC and voice teacher for local high schools.
Far From ReachMichael JohnsonGuitar Player - LeadWorking MusicianRock, Various254-379-1003digitalbee414@aol.comI play Lead Guitar for Far From Reach.
Far From ReachLenny MonaghanGuitar playerWorking MusicianRock, Various254-730-0917lbm254mma@gmail.comFar From Reach is a local band. We play original rock and covers.
Far From ReachCassie SchwakeSingerWorking MusicianRock, Various254-733-0753schwakec@yahoo.comAlt rock/bluesy rock band from Waco. Founded in 2018
McLennan CollegeJon ConradDirector of BandsMusic Related University or College ProgramClassical or Commercial, Various254-299-8220jconrad@mclennan.edu
Direct Resonance Recording Studio, LLCSteven & Kayla RosasChief Audio Engineer/OwnerRecording StudioVarious254-756-1815steven@drsrecording.com
Waco SymphonyMichael BrackenMarketing DirectorOtherClassical254-754-2825Marketing@WacoSymphony.com
Kris HunterBassistWorking
Giovanni Tha KingGiovanni KingArtistWorking MusicianRap512-566-2701Giovannithaking@gmail.com
Roger VasquezBassistWorking MusicianVarious512-731-7713centraltexastalent@hotmail.com
Shade SteeleBass Guitar, SongwriterWorking MusicianVarious254-230-7276shadesteele@outlook.comI play bass guitar, write songs, among other things. I play multiple genres including blues, country, alternative/indie, and rock.
Heath NashRapperWorking MusicianRap254-229-2723est4life19xx.yn@gmail.com
Nathan PriceDrummerWorking MusicianVarious254-265-1597nate_25@live.com
Holly Tucker LLCHolly TuckerArtist, Entertainer, Singer, SongwriterWorking MusicianCountry254-723-8087shane@hollytucker.com
Loaded Sound, LLCIV WilliamsAudio/VisualSound & LightingVarious254-300-3796loadedsound@yahoo.com
Nawf LxrdsD'Javion RobinsonRapperWorking MusicianRap254-717-1935nawflxrds2500@gmail.com
Morgan Lee PowersMorgan PowersSinger - SongwriterWorking MusicianCountry254-981-4144morganlpowers@gmail.com17 year old singer songwriter from Waco Texas.
TexasT Ent.Thomas’m Resident Dj at BSR Cable Park.
Blame it on NicholasNicholas RomoRapperWorking MusicianRap254-652-4869ricknomo87@gmail.com
BreadCampDjsDevin PattonDJDJVarious254-722-1197djcyse@gmail.com
Waco Live Music SceneWaco Live Music SceneOrganization / Resource251-507-5005Facebook
PGAGeobani BetancourtCover band, guitar, piano/keys, saxophoneWorking MusicianRock, alternative, indie, jazz, hip hop(254) 749-8729
Borek LukeLuke Borek OsickaWriter-MusicianWorking Musicianboreklukemusic@gmail.com
Jeremy's VibeJeremy aka Daniel SapphireVocals / Percussion/ ProducerWorking MusicianIndie / NeoSoul / blues254-715-1696jeremysvibrations@gmail.com
HelenaHelena BooneSunth sounds and harmoniesWorking MusicianLullaby Pop(214) 517-3949Helena.a.lynch@gmail.comFor more information, please visit:

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Larissa BoydLarissa BoydVocals / GuitarTexas Country, Red Dirt, Classic Country, Original Music(254) 707-0061
Katie StewartKatie StewartAcoustic guitar / classical pianoWorking or @txKatieStewart