Miss Buc Days

Since 1938, the Buccaneer Commission, a non-profit organization has annually staged the Buccaneer Days festival in Corpus Christi, Texas in support of bringing entertaining, educational and cultural events to the Coastal Bend. Beginning in 1996, proceeds from Buc Days has been awarded to students as college scholarships.

Held on the Corpus Christi Bayfront in the Spring, this culturally diverse event grabs the attention of South Texas.  It has something for everyone, including a Rodeo, a Carnival, and two Parades.  Over 120,000 attendees line the streets each year awaiting the Buc Days Pirate Queens and Buc Days King scholarship contestants on our Buc Days float at the Buc Days Night Parade.

The Buccaneer Commission’s mission is promoting tradition and community pride in the Coastal Bend by producing exceptional family entertainment that results in educational scholarships.

The Buccaneer Commission through its annual events raises funds to support education in the Coastal Bend. To date the Commission has awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships and grants.

Sponsors & Partners


The Buccaneer Commission is proud to have the support of its corporate partners. These community-minded companies have contributed to the ever growing success of Buc Days and in turn supported its mission. For information on sponsorship and other promotional opportunities, please call Tricia Aitken (361) 882-3242 or email her at
  • ABC Home & Commercial Services
  • American Bank
  • Andrews Distributing
  • Blanchette Field Services
  • Brand Energy Solutions, LLC
  • CC Rentals
  • Cenizo Financial
  • Dancing Elk Alexander Ranch
  • Domino’s
  • Driscoll Children’s Hospital
  • Equipment Depot
  • Gulf Coast Crane
  • Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP
  • LNV Engineers, Architects, Surveyors
  • McComb Relocation Services
  • Moody’s Meats
  • ProFire Protection Inc.
  • Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
  • South Texas Brain & Spine Center
  • Texas State Aquarium
  • Texas A&M – Kingsville
  • Texas Farm Credit
  • Trout Trucking Co., Inc.
  • TX Whiskey

Buccaneer Commission


The Buccaneer Commission is comprised of community leaders that focus on the mission of Promoting tradition and community pride in the Coastal Bend by producing exceptional family entertainment that results in educational scholarships.

Governing Board

Philip Skrobarczyk

Jonathan McComb

Floyd Brown

Pat Horne
Immediate Past Chairman

Mark Avelar
Mike Carrell
Mike Carrell


Bill Lathrop Jr
Bill Lathrop, Jr.

Mark Crawford 
Michael Longoria
Michael Longoria

Fred Dotts
Julio Flores
Julio Flores
Taylor Hunt
Taylor Hunt


Eric Villarreal
Eric Villarreal

Active Commissioners

Matt Adler
Matt Adler

Bryce Alexander
Reid Aston
Reid Aston
Jonathan BaileyJonathan Bailey
Chris Baugh
Christopher Baugh

Blake Blanchette


Bob Bradley

Clay Campbell

Royce Cameron

Chase Carlisle

Shane Casady
Shane Casady


Kevin Cazalas
Kevin Cazalas

Paul Chapa
Cecil Childers
Cecil Childers

Don Clark
Larry Dreier
Larry Dreier

Joe Flores
Alex Garcia Jr
Alex Garcia, Jr.

Dos Gates
Page GrayPage Gray

Scott Landreth
Jim Lankford
Jim Lankford
Mark Larue
Mark LaRue
George Livas
George Livas
Cooper Lundquist
Cooper Lundquist
Justin McComb
Justin McComb
Mike MunozMike Munoz

Govind Nadkarni


Tim Powers
Tim Powers
Walter Priestly
Walter Priestly

Larry Roberts
Stephen Rybak
Stephen Rybak

Sean Strawbridge

Paul (JR) Turnbull
Sean Walker
Sean Walker

Matt Yankee
Kent Young
Kent Young


Senior Commissioners

Robert Anderson

George Canales
Carlos Cuellar
Carlos Cuellar

David Crow

Ray Davis

Eddie L. Garcia


Henry Garrett

Steve DeWalt
Richard Durham
Richard Durham

Gary Garrett

Robert Gonzalez


John Grunwald

Steven Land

Henry Sapp

Stuart Sasser

Bryan Stone

Gonzalo Tamez


Chuck Urban

Mike Yankee

Associate Commissioners

Wes Atwood

Justin Barrow

Carter Benkendorfer

George Clower

Matt Crow

Mark Escamilla


Gilbert Gonzales

Matt Guzman

Kris Havelka

Michael Hunter

Jeffrey Lehrman

Sam Longoria


Cade Mason

Dillon McVay

Roger Mellado

Ben Molina

Jim Montgomery

Justin Ramsey


Michael Sasser

Byron Sharon

Robby Sterett

Michael Skrobarczyk

Matt Smith

Past Chairman

Tommy Tucker | 1955 – 1956
Glenn Alexander | 1956 – 1957
Bob Flato | 1957 – 1958
Al Schmid | 1958 – 1959
Glenn Alexander | 1959 – 1960
Jack Estes | 1960 – 1961
Briscoe King | 1961 – 1963
Roy Wallace | 1963 – 1964
Roy Olsen | 1964 – 1966
Bill Anderson | 1966 – 1968
Thomas Walker | 1968 – 1970
Bill Keys | 1970 – 1972
George Gaines | 1972 – 1974
Gene Urban | 1974 – 1976
Jim Young | 1976 – 1978
Richard Durham | 1978 – 1980
Gabe Lozano, Sr. | 1980 – 1982
Bill Anderson | 1982 – 1983
Warren Shaw | 1983 – 1985
Joe DeLeon, Jr. | 1985 – 1987
Chuck Urban | 1987 – 1989
Bill Brown | 1989 – 1991
Arnoldo Garcia | 1991 – 1993
David Crow | 1993 – 1995
Fred Dotts | 1995 – 1997
Henry Garrett | 1997 – 1999
Carlos Cuellar | 1999 – 2001
Mike Yankee | 2002 – 2004
Bobby Gonzalez | 2004 – 2005
Stuart Sasser | 2005 – 2006
Mike Carrell | 2006 – 2007
Mark Crawford | 2007 – 2008
Eddie L. Garcia | 2008 – 2010
Bill Lathrop, Jr. | 2010 – 2012
Robert Anderson | 2012 – 2014
Lee A. Trujillo | 2014 – 2016
Pat Horne | 2016 – 2018




This organization is comprised of individuals who donate their time, talent and resources to stage and produce the annual Buc Days Illuminated Night Parade and the Buc Days Junior Parade.

Officers & Directors

Wayne Pearson
Sonny Boyd
Executive VP
Scot Barker
Nick Black
David Chapman
Sean Connolly
Brian Devaney
Steen DeWalt
Christopher Dorsey
Sam Garcia
Brandon Herridge
George Hinojosa
Greg Kiel
Stephen Lewis
Matt Martini
Jaime Medina
Guy Nickleson
Billy Purcell
Ronney Robles
Roland Rocha
Matt Ruff
Harold (Butch) Smith
Keith Smith
Adam Delano
Lawrence Vera
Marc Gonzalez


Matt Adler
Miguel Alvarado
Frank Aguilar
Tripp Batey
Roland Barrera
Jimmy Bentancourt
Kirk Bourland
Donald Bourque
Fred Cano
Mark Cano
Scott Chapman
Paul Cervantes
Cam Cramer
Randy Crone
Jeremy DeLaGarza
Evan Dundas
Michael Flores
Gerald Garza
Ryan Goings
Korey Mardeman
Bruce Hamende
Chris Hartman
Jesse Hinojosa, Sr.
Jesse Hinojosa Jr.
Zach Hoelscher
Randy Horrell
Herb Jackson
Jeff Kane
David Klein
Jim Lankford
Jeff Lehrman
Brandon Lott
Mike Mata
Charles Medina
Denny Meyer
Brandon Michell
Jeff Moody
Rick Morano
Daniel Nash
Roman Ortiz
Greg Perkes
Michael Perez
Randall Poelma
Robert Ramos
David Ratcliff
Jordan Regas
Joe Reyes
Ric Rincon Jr.
Leo Rios
Curtis Rock
Roger Rocha
Luis Rodriguez
Jeffrey Ruiz
Dennis Russell
Jason Saladiner
Xavier Sandoval
Terry Schade
Ronald Sepulveda
Marcus Soliz
Brad Swift
Lamont Taylor
Leo Trevino
Robert Urban
Justin Watson
Matt Werkhoven
Jerry Zamora

Past Presidents

Bob Abbott
Carter Benkendorfer
Darron Bergstrom
Dr. Jack Best
Mike Blackwood
Jim Boren
John Brandon
Mike Carrell
Bill Cazalas
Jimmy Clark
Eric Cuevas
George Clower
Richard Davis
Walter DeVille
Steve DeWalt
Rick Dupriest
Michael Garrison
Rick Geiter
Miles Graham
Steve Hindman
Jim Laudadio
Max Luther, III
Santos Martinez
Turner Moller
Mark Mora
Tom Novak
Norman Ransleben
Jim Rector
Larry Roberts
Bill Sanderson
Richard Schendel
Wayne Shults
Ted Stephens
Bert Thieme Sr.
Stephen Ware, Jr.
Troy Watson
Claude Watts




Johnny Philipello
Johnny Philipello
Tricia Perrone
Tricia Aitken
Sponsorship & Marketing Manager

Denise Shelby
Finance/Ticketing Manager

Joey Johnson
Operations Manager


Erica DeLuna, CMP
Social Media & Events Coordinator






2022 Buc Days Port of Corpus Christi Leadership Program

Since 1938, the Buccaneer Commission, has been honored to host the Buccaneer Days Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas in support of bringing entertaining, educational and cultural events to the Coastal Bend. Beginning in 1996, proceeds from Buc Days have been awarded to students as college scholarships. To date, the Commission has awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships. The Buc Days Port of Corpus Christi Leadership Program continues to be a premiere preparatory resource for high school seniors in the Coastal Bend. In order to expand and evolve the Buc Days Port of Corpus Christi Leadership Program, we are excited to share new changes to our Leadership Program Guidelines and Requirements for the upcoming 2022 season.

Updates include:

Click HERE to print the 2022 Leadership Program Form

Register for the 2022 Leadership Program Online – Click Here to Start



2021 Buc Days Port of Corpus Christi King & Queen Leadership Program

The 2021 Buc Days Port of Corpus Christi King & Queen Leadership Program was a 6-month program that began back in December 2020.   Twenty students were chosen out of over 100 applications.  They are all high school seniors and were chosen based on academic standing, extracurricular and community activities, and an interview and essay competition.

The participants attended five customized Dale Carnegie Program sessions focused on developing personal relationships and public speaking.  The students then used these skills as they participated in industry tours, and community awareness and service projects throughout the rest of the program.  Students completed the Leadership Program on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Scholarships are distributed to each of the participants’ Universities or Colleges attended.  Awards range from $2,000-$8,000.  $62,000 was awarded.  Each student received at least $2,000.


2021 Scholarship Finalists Included:

2021 Pirate Queens

Miss Buc Days 2021 Rachel Behnke
Incarnate Word Academy

Sriya Chekuri
Veterans Memorial High School

Amrita Dongre
Veterans Memorial High School

Emily Dryer
Tuloso Midway High School

Jesse Garibay
Tuloso Midway High School

Lauren Guerra
Flour Bluff High School

Allyson Hein
Veterans Memorial High School

Lucy Kainer
Incarnate Word Academy

Hannah Morris
Calallen High School

Joanne Robledo
Tuloso Midway High School

Lorena San Pedro
Tuloso Midway High School

Grace Shubert
Goliad High School

2021 Cowboy Kings

Henry Crawley
Foy Moody High School

Coltrin Dennis
W.B. Ray High School

Adam Garcia
Harold T. Branch High School

Buc Days King 2021 Issac Garza
Veterans Memorial High School

Bryan Hernandez
H. M. King High School, Kingsville

Christian Noyola
Veterans Memorial High School

Joseph Rosas
Mary Carroll High School

Kody Torres

St. John Paul II High School

2020 Buc Days Port of Corpus Christi King & Queen Leadership Program

The Buccaneer Commission is happy to announce that despite having to postpone Buc Days until November due to the Covid-19, $62,500 in scholarships were awarded to area students that participated in the 2020 Buc Days Port of Corpus Christi King & Queen Leadership Program.

The Program began back in December.   Twenty students were chosen out of over 100 applications.  This was done through an interview and essay process.

Since then, these students have participated in a customized Dale Carnegie Training program, taken a tour of the Corpus Christi Army Depot, prepared and served a meal for the Ronald McDonald House.  The program was altered due to the Covid-19 situation, but were still able to participate in our program utilizing Zoom meetings.  They had a Q&A Sessions with our County Judge, Barbara Canales as well as the CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi, Sean Strawbridge.

All were awarded collegiate scholarships ranging from $2,000-$8,000!  The winners were announced on our Facebook page on May 2nd as part of our BucDays HomeDays virtual event.

Here is a link to watch the announcement:  Buc Days Facebook Announcement

Scholarship Recipient Details:

Award Name, School Amount
Miss Buc Days & Miss Congeniality Cierra Garcia, Veterans Memorial High School $8,500
1st Runner Up Xitlali Gallegos, W.B. Ray High School $5,000
2nd Runner Up Kristan Rodriguez, Taft High School $3,500
Miss Congeniality (tie) Alison Duncan, Incarnate Word Academy $2,500
Finalist Alyssa Friudenberg, London High School $2,000
Finalist Elizabeth Kemp, Flour Bluff High School $2,000
Finalist Lauren Lindemann, Flour Bluff High School $2,000
Finalist Holley Nelson, Woodsboro High School $2,000
Finalist Caitlin Sannes, Calallen High School $2,000
Finalist Mallory Wilcox, Tuloso Midway High School $2,000
Buc Days King Anthony Matl, Incarnate Word Academy $8,000
1st Runner Up Gabe Garcia, H M King High School $5,000
2nd Runner Up Nico Trujillo, Veterans Memorial High School $3,500
Top Wrangler Chence Hull, Tuloso-Midway High School $2,500
Finalist Nic Balboa, Veterans Memorial High School $2,000
Finalist Holden Biediger, Gregory-Portland High School $2,000
Finalist Matthew Cantu, Moody High School $2,000
Finalist Jeremy DeGaish, Incarnate Word Academy $2,000
Finalist Lukas Graf, W. B. Ray High School $2,000
Finalist Connor Hein, Incarnate Word Academy $2,000

2020 Pirate Queens

Alison Duncan
Incarnate Word Academy

Alyssa Friudenberg
London High School

Xitlali Gallegos
W. B. Ray High School

Miss Buc Days 2020 Cierra Garcia
Veterans Memorial High School

Elizabeth Kemp
Flour Bluff High School

Lauren Lindemann
Flour Bluff High School

Holley Nelson
Woodsboro High School

Kristan Rodriguez
Taft High School

Caitlin Sannes
Calallen High School

Mallory Wilcox
Tuloso Midway High School

2020 Cowboy Kings

Nic Balboa
Veterans Memorial High School

Holden Biediger
Gregory-Portland High School

Matthew Cantu
Moody High School

Jeremy DeGaish
Incarnate Word Academy

Gabe Garcia
H. M. King High School, Kingsville

Lukas Graf
Incarnate Word Academy

Connor Hein
Incarnate Word Academy

Chence Hull
Tuloso Midway High School

Buc Days King 2020 Anthony Matl
Incarnate Word Academy

Nico Trujillo
Veterans Memorial High School

2019 Pirate Queens

Chelsea Blair
Veterans Memorial High School
Hampton, Brown & Associates, P.C.

Daya Butler
W.B Ray High School
Merrill Lynch – Jay Wise

Abby Comstock
Tuloso-Midway High School
Port Enterprises

MacKenzie Eden
Calallen High School
K3 Cattle and Game Ranch, LP

Jenasys Gomez
Tuloso-Midway High School

Ariana Jimenez
HM King High School
Lowe’s Home Improvement

Victoria Moreno
W.B. Ray High School
Eagle Foundation Repair

Katie Nguyen
Collegiate High School
Coastal Community and Teachers Credit Union

Miss Buc Days 2019 Jessica Pena
Santa Gertrudis, Kingsville

Kat Ramos
Moody High School

2019 Cowboy Kings

Jeremiah Baldwin
Flour Bluff High School
Fastax Refund Services

Brenden Garcia
Carroll High School
Kennedy Dental Care

Nick Hein
Incarnate Word Academy

Tom Ledesma
Aransas Pass High School
Aransas Pass Police Dept

Buc Days King 2019 RJ Loa II
Calallen High School
Turfco Grass Farms

Robbie Lugo
Carroll High School
Bonilla & Chapa PC

Bryan Ramirez
West Oso High School
State Rep Abel Herrero / Fish for Life

Daniel Rock
IncarnateWord Academy
South Texas All-Star Basketball

John Henry Stearns
Tuloso-Midway High School
Stearns Wealth Management

Jason Tang
Sinton High School
Joseph Puente, MP & Family

2018 Pirate Queens

Marissa Corona
Veterans Memorial High School
Del Air Company, Inc.

Allison Dibble
Veterans Memorial High School
Navy Army Community Credit Union

Ashley Elliott
Incarnate Word Academy
RJ Alfaro State Farm Agency

Angel Garcia
Moody High School
Dawson Recycling & Disposal, Inc. / Lace & Daisy Floral & Bridal

Bella Gutierrez
Collegiate High School
Ezekiel Diamond Co.

Julia Hanna
Port Aransas High Academy
Equipment Depot

Hailey Matta
Calallen High School
SL&C Southern Landscapes

Shelby Rivera
Moody High School

Jordan Salinas
Sinton High School
Rock’s Vitamins Discounts -n- More

Jennifer Truong
Veterans Memorial High School
Del Mar College Speech and Drama Dept

2018 Cowboy Kings

Kenny Carel, III
John Paul II High School
Kenneth Gonzales, D.D.S, P.L.L.C.

Patrick Haney
Veterans Memorial High School

Dylan Hofstetter
Calallen High School
State Representative Abel Herrero

Andrew Leeton
Veterans Memorial High School
Apollo Towing Services

Patrick Medina
Carroll High School
Corpus Christi Events Center

Antonie Narcise
Veterans Memorial High School
Mathnasium of Corpus Christi

Fabian Navarro
H.M. King High School
M&S Construction

Roland Putzel
Mary Carroll High School
Riverside Pavers

Max Valadez
Calallen High School
Boots N Britches Western Wear

Nathan Zabel
Ingleside High School


2017 Pirate Queens

Meagan Harrington
Richard King High School
Bay Ltd., A Berry Company

Maddie Hernandez
Harold T. Branch Academy
SweetPea Photography

Roslyn Holland
A.C. Jones High School
Aztech Chevrolet

Kennedy Quintanilla
W.B. Ray High School
SQH Sports & Entertainment

Tara Remmich
Richard King High School
Port of Corpus Christi

Catherine Schultz
Incarnate Word Academy
Taylor Center Deli, Inc.

Mallory Smith
Henrietta M. King High School
Dr. Drakes Sleep Solutions

Sheridan Steen
Incarnate Word Academy
Allison Flooring America

Vaunne Telan
Richard King High School
ProFire Protection, Inc.

Aleena Villareal
Mary Carroll High School
HomeSource Mortgage

2017 Cowboy Kings

Peyton Baros
Tuloso-Midway High School
Barkaritaville Pet Resort

Michael Gutierrez
Harold T. Branch Academy
Coastal Tool & Supply

Rush Hoelscher
Tuloso-Midway High School
Hoelscher Photography

Carlos Machado
Mary Carroll High School
AGCM, Inc.

Jordan Moeller
W.B. Ray High School
B.E. Beecroft Co., Inc.

Aaron Rodriguez
Richard King High School
Carlisle Insurance

Joe Rosas
Mary Carroll High School
Kennedy Wire, Rope & Sling Co., Inc.

Matthew Rodriguez
Tuloso-Midway High School
KM Premier Real Estate

Carlos Vela
Ingleside High School
ProFire Protection, Inc.

Noah Villarreal
Odem High School