BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President, Miranda Rodriguez
Miranda Rodriguez is a licensed attorney and cybersecurity engineer. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Texas Tech University in 2008. Shortly after moving to the DFW area post-graduation, Miranda joined the Oak Lawn Band. She took a brief break to focus on law school and graduated in December of 2015 from the Texas A&M University School of Law. A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Miranda began playing Bb Clarinet in 6th grade in 1998. She continued playing throughout high school and four seasons with the best band in the land, the Texas Tech Goin’ Band from Raiderland. Miranda also serves as an advisory board member of Young DFW Writers.
Vice President, Ellen Kaner
Ellen Kaner is pleased to re-join the Board of the Oak Lawn Band for the 2020-2021 season. During her 30 years with the band, Ellen has served as Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large for Community Relations, as well as Clarinet Section Manager and Program Annotator. Also working as a professional musician, Ellen maintains a private studio of 50-60 flute and clarinet students and has performed in pit orchestras for over 100 musical productions. Ellen is a tireless volunteer in arts management, also currently serving on the Boards of the Texas Flute Society and the Floot Fire camp. Outside of music, Ellen enjoys hiking and human rights activism.
Dir. of Membership, Leah Beth Kolni
Along with her daughter Miriam, Leah Beth had long been interested in playing music together in a community band--the Oak Lawn Band turned out to be the perfect place for them both! Leah had not played the clarinet in over 35 years since her time in the University of Texas Longhorn Band, and was a little intimidated to begin again. However, because the OLB accepts players of all levels she felt comfortable and welcome immediately. The OLB is an organization filled with people from all walks and stages of life, and whose common link is the love of making and sharing music. Added bonuses to these rewards are the OLB’s proud heritage and connection to the LGBTQ community. Leah Beth feels that her life has been enriched not only by the joy of creating music, but also by the diverse and amazing OLB band members and their families who have become her friends.
Dir. of Public Relations, Michael Eaves
Michael Eaves is a Texas and DFW native. He grew up in Sachse, Texas where his love for music began. Michael's passion for music took off after he graduated high school in 2012. After graduating he joined the eleven-time winner of the Barbershop Harmony Society international barbershop contest, The Vocal Majority. After leaving The Vocal Majority, Michael discovered the joys of playing instruments. In the fall of 2016 Michael joined the Oak Lawn Band's clarinet section. In addition to playing in the band, Michael has also written a few pieces for the band, and has expanded his composition style thanks to the band. Since joining Michael has performed in World Pride in New York City in 2019, as well as attended the LGBA conference in Orlando in 2019.
Dir. of Community Relations, Aaron Brown
Originally from Indiana, Aaron developed an interest in music at an early age in large part thanks to the support of his musically-inclined family. Aaron originally pursued a degree in music education at Ball State University in Muncie, IN where he played in several ensembles including brass quintet, marching band, wind ensemble, and orchestra. Although he ultimately decided to pursue other career paths, he has retained his love for music. In 2009 Aaron joined Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles while living in Chicago, IL until he left to continue his education in 2013. Aaron is eternally grateful for the member bands of LGBA for creating safe, inclusive environments for diverse groups of musicians to make music and lifelong friends. Aaron moved to Dallas in 2019 where he is employed as an entomologist.