A graduate of Texas A & M Maritime Academy and a former Texas Game Warden, Lane Gosnay may have what some would consider odd credentials for the founder/operator of a music venue, but her background gives her the tools she needs to be serious about her business. In a world where many in the music business consider the term "music business" an oxymoron, Lane takes the business of music seriously. Lane's passion and seriousness in presenting musicians in an "extreme listening" room environment hails from the palpable connection between the artist and the attentive audience.
(photo by Vincent Lee Adams)
Margo Johnson has been exposed to music--good and questionable--since a small child when her mother and grandmother taught her to sing and pushed her onstage as a 3 year old to sing in her small Oklahoma hometown.
She has expanded her musical listening interest from those early World War II ballads, to 'Peter and the Wolf', through west Texas country and western, and finally to an appreciation for the musical notes and words of individuals who write and perform their own creations.
Margo graduated from Oklahoma University with a degree in journalism, and has enjoyed careers in publishing, banking, and chambers of commerce. She serves as a volunteer for several organizations, and writes a weekly column in the Fayette County Record.
A 5th generation Houstonian, David Vogel graduated from U.T Austin in 1971 with a BBA in Marketing. He's been a part-time resident of Fayette County since 1961, and has lived here full-time since 1978. He's worked in construction and real estate, and is now retired, manages "the farm", and serves with a number of organizations as a volunteer officer or board member.
"I grew up with parents who both loved good music, and who had beautiful singing voices. My mother took voice lessons, sang for weddings and other functions, and filled our home with her beautiful soprano, operatic voice. My father had a fine, deep baritone voice, and the two of them often sang duets. I took accordian lessons briefly as a kid, but baseball was of higher priority, and my talent in music developed as a listener, so The Bugle Boy is perfect for me."
Vogel amuses himself with very limited skill on his guitar, which impresses no one except his wife and devoted dogs.
"Heather’s musical “career” began in the church choir at age 6. After participating in many church and school-related choirs, it was determined that while she can carry a tune, she is great in the chorus but not destined for a solo career so shifted her attention to enjoying the music of others!
Heather has a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership/Management from ACC/TANO (Texas Association Nonprofit Organizations). She is an AmeriCorps Alum and served six years as the AmeriCorps Program Director for SWIFT, an educational tutoring nonprofit, an organization still close to her heart and now serves as its Board Chair. Heather serves on other community advisory boards including the Blinn College Education Advisory Board and Texas A&M AgriLife Leadership Advisory Board for Fayette County.
Heather joins the Bugle Boy staff after five years as the Volunteer Coordinator. Born in Canada, she was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, London and Brazil but has lived in Fayette County since 1981.
Heather looks forward to taking The Bugle Boy’s music based programs into the community as well as working with the amazing volunteers, musicians and Bugle Boy regulars who make the venue “our happy place”.
"I have loved music my entire life, but in the past years I've felt like there had to be something 'different' out there--something with more substance. Fortunately, I discovered The Bugle Boy. It's so refreshing to be able to experience meaningful lyrics and incredible talent in a venue that sets the highest standards for a listening-room environment. TBB is a wonderfully intimate setting that fosters mutual respect and appreciation between the artists and the audience. Thankfully, Lane continues to save original music in a unique way, one concert at a time."
Connie and her husband, Lanny, live in Chappell Hill and spend as much time as possible traveling.