Violet Crown


Violet Crown Independent was established in June of 2016 under the non-profit umbrella of Violet Crown Performing Arts and competed in it's inaugural season for WGI's 40th Anniversary in 2017. It began as an idea during the end of the 2016 season in order to provide a performance ensemble that would serve the studens of Central Texas. However, our reach quickly spread across the Lone Star State to include members from the Rio Grande Valley and Houston areas as well. 

Violet Crown opened with great success in it's first season establishing it's place among Texas indoor percussion ensembles. VC earned the PIO Silver Medal at WGI Houston and the PIO Bronze Medal at TCGC State Championships. VC also made the trip to Dayton, Ohio for it's debut performance at WGI World Championships. 

Violet Crown Independent Awards and Achievements:
  • 2017 WGI Houston Super-Regional Silver Medalist
  • 2017 TCGC State Championships Bronze Medalist
  • 2017 WGI World Championships Participant, Score: 82.15
Our award winning staff combines many years of experience and success to provide the highest level of music education and design for our members. 

Kristi Tabersmith
Executive Director

Cesar Gonzalez
Ensemble Director

Kristi began her percussion education under Eric Harper at Brazoswood High School where she was a member of the 3-time PASIC Call for Tapes winning percussion ensemble, performing in showcase concerts at PASIC in 2003 and 2006. Kristi went on to graduate from Texas State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2013. While there she was selected for the PASIC 50th Anniversary Marimba Orchestra in 2011, performing that year at the convention in Indianapolis. Kristi began her career as a private instructor in 2006 for her alma mater high school and it's feeder programs and continued to build that experience while pursuing her degree. Kristi's experience with indoor percussion began in 2011 as the front ensemble instructor at Floresville High School. In 2013, she joined the staff at Rhythmic Force Percussion where she spent the 2013-2015 seasons. Kristi was the Director of Percussion for Lockhart ISD from 2015-2017 where her show "Clockworks" led the indoor program to a bronze medal at TECA State Championships in 2015. In addition to her indoor experience, she spent the summer of 2016 on percussion staff for DCI Open Class Finalist, Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps as a front ensemble instructor. She founded Violet Crown Independent in June of 2015 to provide Central Texas students with opportunities for competing in independent indoor organizations. VC just wrapped up it's inaugural season competing in both WGI and TCGC Percussion Independent Open Class making it's debut at WGI World Championships in April of this year. 

Kristi proudly endorses Mapex and Majestic Marching Percussion as a member of their artist team as well as Salyers Percussion as a member of their Education Team.
Cesar Gonzalez holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. While at Texas State, Cesar performed with the Bobcat Marching Band as well as with the Texas State Wind Symphony where he was Principal Percussionist for multiple semesters. Other performance experience includes two seasons with The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps as well as various World and Open class indoor percussion organizations in Central Texas. Cesar performed with Imperial Percussion Theater from Houston, TX in 2012 and was the ensemble captain in 2013. He was snare section leader for Teatro Indoor Percussion from Austin, TX in 2014.
Cesar has taught and designed for various school programs in both the outdoor and indoor settings including Thomas Jefferson High School, Lyndon B. Johnson High School and Douglas MacArthur High School. Cesar is on staff with two time DCI Open Class medalist and DCI's newest World Class organization, Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps from Austin, TX for his second year. Currently, Cesar is in his third year as Percussion Director at Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, TX. In his new role of Ensemble Director with Violet Crown for the 2018 season, Cesar will be leading show design as well as coordinating the instructional team. 

Jackson Hisatake
​Battery Coordinator

April Lara

Dynal Kinnard

Kevin Torres
​Bass Drums

Jose Marin

Synthia Shurtleff

Junior Flores
Front Ensemble

Luis Ramos
Front Ensemble

Miguel Perez
Front Ensemble &
​Audio Design

Markus Bonilla
​Visual Coordinator

Alex Szabo

Miles Hartman

Heather Lamantia

Whitney Stone

Lacey Horne

Angel Hernandez

Quentin Williams
​Electronic Media

"The City of the Violet Crown"

In a nod to where we are from, Violet Crown is derived from a historical nickname for Austin, Texas. The cradle of the hill country and Capitol of Texas, Austin, was once known as "The City of the Violet Crown." The moniker is in regards to the atmospheric phenomenon known as the "Belt of Venus" in which the sky exhibits a deep violet hue at sunset. It is also rumored that it refers to Austin's being considered a cultural and social epicenter at the forefront of artistic and philosophical advancement during the late 19th century, much like that of Athens in Ancient Greek history.