Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

James Steele

An Outstanding Islander

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Steele and Brass
Music education major James Steele has been enthusiastically engaged with campus organizations including the President’s Ambassadors, the Pep Band and the Trumpet Ensemble while at the Island University. The senior, who graduates this May, is a native of Bridgeport, Texas. Steele arrived at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in fall 2005, after visiting the campus and meeting his professors. And at the time, his uncle was a band director in nearby Refugio, Texas. Right away, Steele knew this was the place he wanted to be. The Pep Band assistant director, who has painted and spiked his hair during various athletic games, says his primary instrument is trumpet and his secondary is the French horn. He has also worked with the University Orchestra, the Symphonic Winds and the Jazz Band all while maintaining a 3.4 grade point average. In his three-year service to President’s Ambassadors, Steele says he has been fortunate to meet donors and all the people that are so important in helping create the best University possible. He says President’s Ambassadors, started by University First Lady Kathy Killebrew, has provided him with opportunities to meet people in different departments and assist in highly visible events including the State of the University luncheon and the President’s Recognition Dinner. Currently, Steele student teaches five days a week at Oak Park Elementary School. He is impressed by how young children are open to new ideas about learning music. After graduation, Steele wants to teach band before pursuing a master’s degree.

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