Travis Harris, originally from the gulf coast area of Texas, attended Lamar University earning a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trombone Performance.
From there, he attended The University of North Texas in pursuit of a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies. While attending the University of
North Texas, he was a member of the award-winning and nationally acclaimed Two O'clock Lab Band. Since then, Mr. Harris has been certified by
the Texas Education Association to be a full time teacher.
During his full-time professional career, Travis became very well known nationally as a trombonist, musical director and writer/arranger,
participating in endless live performances, concerts, and studio appearances. As a performer, he worked with the Temptations, Percy Sledge,
Frank Sinatra Jr., and Dionne Warwick to name a few. He has also earned many national awards and honors, most notably including two (2)
Downbeat Magazine DB Awards, a Dove Award nomination, and a Grammy Award nomination. After working as a full-time musician for 20 years,
he semi-retired from playing, performing in the Dallas area as a free-lance musician, while also making public school and university concert
guest soloist appearances.
Travis has spent the past 13 years building public school band programs in Irving, Gainesville, and Denton. In 2011 he came out of semi-retirement
from his performance career to join TOP Band as a lead trombonist and musical director.
Mr. Harris currently resides in the Denton area, happily married to his wife, and semi-retired vocalist, Maria. They have four children, Michael, Jonathan, Abby, and Travy and cherish family time, especially involving music, food and the outdoors.