The Travis Parker Band
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The Travis Parker Band

Sherman, Texas, United States

Sherman, Texas, United States
Country Southern Rock




"Hanks Open Mic Competition Finals, 12/28/11"

After weeks of numerous musicians vying for spots on Hank’s Texas Grill’s prestigious stage, Wednesday night (Dec. 28, 2011) it all boiled down to the final eight performers, and at the end of the night, Kyle Thompson of McKinney, who performed a mix of Christian praise and worship songs with his own originals, took the top honor, giving him and his band a couple of weekend gigs at the McKinney venue. Not far behind him, point wise, was Tyler Rogers, who now will be performing on an upcoming Thursday night.

Kyle Thompson
Taking third place, with a $100 gift certificate to enjoy Hank’s great food, was Travis Parker (Simecek) of Ravenna in Fannin County, and fourth place prize of a $50 gift certificate was Byron Dowd.

Giving these four a strong last-minute run for the goal post were Bryan Burns. Kyle Brooks, Kyle Dunlap, and Bryan Adam Joyner.

The last night’s competition allowed each performer to sing two songs, but those were divided into two trips on stage. For instance, Bryan Adam Joyner opened with his two songs, and others followed with Tyler Rogers completing that round. Then, in the second round, Rogers kicked it off and Joyner performed last.

There have been different judges each night, with Ronnie Scott taking care of all the details. Aubrey Lynn England, last year’s winner, helped and they both performed on stage during the few short breaks.

Hank’s hosts open mic every Wednesday, and has regionally favorite and outstanding bands onstage Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The club/restaurant is already scheduling it’s third year competition for December 2012. Get ready!

Even with the U.S. 75 construction going on, Hank’s is easy to find, being at the southeast corner of U.S. 75 and White Street (or is that avenue?) For more information on Hanks’ Texas Grill, click here: Hank’s Texas Grill - Mary Jane Farmer


Still working on that hot first release.



Travis started his acoustic act in the later part of 2010. After playing numerous solo shows and achieving success in various singer/songwriter competitions, he teamed up with lead guitarist Willy Warren to create a duo that has performed everywhere from Oklahoma to Austin. In 2012, Travis and Willy were joined by Spencer Whitney (bass) and Landon Myers (drums) to form the Travis Parker Band. The band has developed a strong following and is quickly becoming one of the most sought after acts in North Texas.