Director of Music
Alfred Tapia ENVELOPE

Alfred Tapia, is a native of San Antonio. He decided, at an early age to seek adventure as an Army musician. He later would achieve his goal of becoming a Bandmaster. As a Bandmaster he had the opportunity to serve two tours in Germany, first in Berlin and later in Wurzburg. It was there he developed his passion for the music of Germany and its proper performance. He has also conducted bands in Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the German Democratic Republic, France and Morocco. He retired from the Army in 1984 and returned to San Antonio.

After working as a civil servant with the Department of Defense, he sought further adventure by applying for a position as an Immigration Inspector with the Department of Justice and later worked in Brownsville, TX, Vanceboro, ME and finally at the airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada before retiring for a second time in 2005.

He has attended Texas A & I University, Saint Mary's University, Cameron University, the U S Army Bandmaster Course of Instruction, and Kneller Hall, the Royal Military School of Music.

Alfred is an active musician, private instructor and conductor in the San Antonio area. He performs with the San Antonio Symphonic Band, the Boerne Community Band, where he also is the Assistant Director. He is the Director of the Comal Community Band in New Braunfels, Director of the New Braunfels Village Brass, Director of the Beethoven Concert Band in San Antonio and is now the Director of Music for Blasmusik Texas.

His professional associations include The Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmaster Association.



Honor Roll of Past Director of Music

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Herbert Bilhartz 1993 - 2012 Charter Member
Herbert Bilhartz's Previous Bio

Current:Herbert Bilhartz, in addition to being Director of Music for Blasmusik Texas, is director of the Hermann Sons German Band in San Antonio, Texas. Herbert retired from the US Army in 1977, and since then he has maintained an active interest in music, especially German band music. Finding that band music from publishers in Germany was not readily available through American music dealers, Herbert started a business, "Fest-Musik-Haus.". Herbert is a native of South Texas and currently resides in Medina, Texas.

Hermann Sons: German Band: In 1991 Herbert became director of this 20-piece German-style concert band. Based in San Antonio, the band plays for many German Fests held in South Central Texas. The Hermann Sons of Texas is a fraternal insurance and social organization founded over 100 years ago by German settlers.

Fest-Musik-Haus: Herbert established this company in 1983 to import German band arrangements directly from publishers in Germany and make them available to American band directors by mail order. Arrangements for both full American concert band and smaller entertainment groups are stocked. For more information visit
Fest-Musik-Haus.

Military Music Career: Herbert joined the US Air Force in 1951 as a bandsman. In 1963 he switched services, receiving a direct appointment as a Warrant Officer Bandmaster in the US Army. He directed Army bands at Fort Bliss (El Paso) and Fort Walters (Mineral Wells, Texas). In 1968 he served as bandmaster of the 25th Infantry Division in Viet Nam. Herbert's last assignment was as director of the US Army Band Europe in Heidelberg, during which time his 42-piece band played for scores of Fests in cities and towns throughout Germany. It was at this time in Herbert's career that he became acquainted with the "volkstümlich" band music played at these events and the enthusiasm of the audiences for this festive style of music.

College: Herbert is a 1950 graduate of the music department of the University of Texas at Austin. He played horn in the University Symphony Orchestra under Alexander von Kreisler, and also in the Austin Symphony.

Family: Herbert's wife, the former Billie Mae Rogge, is an accomplished contralto soloist and choral singer. She has been a member of the Royal Choral Society of London and the Bach-Chor of Heidelberg, as well as various choirs in the US. She recently recorded a group of German Christmas carols with the Hermann Sons German Band. Billie and Herbert have three children, four granddaughters, one grandson, and two great-grandchildren.


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