The Band Directors of Four Points Middle School

 Jessica Gonzales

Director of Bands, Wind Ensemble

512-570-3740       Jessica.Gonzales@leanderisd.org

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Jessica Lee Gonzales is currently in her 14th year of teaching in Leander ISD.  She had the privilege of opening Four Points Middle School in 2010 after teaching for 6 years at Cedar Park Middle School.  Under her direction, bands at Four Points have consistently received superior ratings at the UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest and at various state festivals.  In addition to conducting the Wind Ensemble, Mrs. Gonzales teaches beginning flute, clarinet, euphonium and tuba.

Mrs. Gonzales graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with honors, where she was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Longhorn Band, and a member of the flute studio of Karl F. Kraber.  Her professional affiliations include Sigma Alpha Iota, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Texas Music Educator’s Association.  She also enjoys serving as an adjudicator and clinician in the Austin area, as well as around the state of Texas.

When outside the band hall at Four Points, Mrs. Gonzales loves spending time with her husband, Damian, and sons Jason and Trey as well as her “fur babies” Rocco and Chula.  Her greatest privilege and reward in teaching is to inspire students to make and appreciate music for the rest of their lives.

Jonathan Villela

Assistant Director of Bands, Concert Band

512-570-3740    Jonathan.Villela@leanderisd.org

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Jonathan Villela began his teaching career at Four Points Middle School following his graduation from Oklahoma State University in 2015 as a Velma Forbes Scholar.

During his time at Oklahoma State University, Villela studied saxophone, chamber music, and pedagogy under Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert. On several occasions, Villela travelled to Singapore as a guest clinician of the Wind Bands Association of Singapore, presenting leadership and woodwind pedagogy workshops to secondary school music students. Additionally, Villela was a National Chamber Music Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, a drum major of the OSU Cowboy Marching Band, and remains a clinician at public schools, university music camps, professional conventions in Texas, and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL.

Villela currently serves as Assistant Band Director at Four Points Middle School, where directs Symphonic Band and teaches beginning saxophone, beginning double reed, and a section of beginning clarinet. He helped prepare the Four Points Wind Ensemble for their performance at the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic. Further, Villela lead preparation of the Four Points Concert Band’s state evaluation, in which they received unanimous superior ratings from all adjudicators for the first time in the school’s history.

In addition to Four Points Middle School, Villela currently works with System Blue – the educational branch of The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2014,15,16,17 World Champions). With System Blue, he teaches marching band techniques, rehearsal techniques, and student leadership strategies to high school and college students across the United States.

Jonathan Villela additionally is an assistant conductor of the Cedar Park Winds – an adult community band comprised of teachers, musicians, and professionals.

Villela’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Fraternity.

 

Adrian Teti

Assistant Director of Bands, Concert Band

512-570-3740     Adrian.Teti@leanderisd.org

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Adrian Teti is an educator and performer in the Austin area, and is extremely excited to begin his band directing career at Four Points Middle School.  Prior to his arrival at FPMS, Adrian earned his Master’s degree in instrumental music education from Texas State University, where he served as a teacher for undergraduate brass techniques classes, as well as the teacher’s assistant for Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt and Dr. Amy Simmons.  While at Texas State, Adrian also sat as Principal and Co-Principal trombone in the Texas State trombone choir under the direction of Dr. Martin McCain, and was a finalist for the 2015 Texas State Concerto Competition.  Prior to his arrival in Texas in 2008, Adrian received a bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from the University of Maryland, where he was a 3-year member of the Wind Ensemble/Philharmonic Orchestra rotation, and a student of John Huling and Craig Mulcahy.

Prior to band directing, Adrian served as a full-time low-brass private lesson teacher in Round Rock, where he routinely taught 50-60 students per week.  Many of these students achieved high levels of success, including All-State, All-Area, and All-Region placements in TMEA Region 26 competitions, and consistent superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble festivals.  Several are now majoring in music at institutions of higher learning.

Adrian currently lives in Austin, and continues to be motivated and inspired by the wonderful students and staff he has the privilege of working with each day.

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Joe Hobbs

Director of Percussion: Director of All Percussion Activities-Grades 6-12, Travel Coordinator, Program Graphic Design Coordinator 

512-570-2360   joe.hobbs@leanderisd.org

Joe Hobbs is currently the Director of Percussion at Vandegrift High school in Austin, TX. 2016 this will be Joe’s first year with Vandegrift. Joe was previously the director of percussion at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, TX. Under his direction the Newman Smith drum line was recognized as one of DFW’s strongest drum lines having won both the Plano Drum Line Contest as well as the Lone Star Drum Line Contest. Joe previously held the same position at Harpeth High School in Nashville, Tennessee where under his direction Harpeth was a Scholastic Open finalist at WGI Championships in 2009 and 2010, placing 4th in 2010. Harpeth also won the Indianapolis (2009) and Nashville Regionals (2009, 2010) as well as the SCGC championships (2009).

Joe currently serves as the percussion caption head for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL. Before joining The Cavaliers, Joe served on the percussion staff for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, IL and The Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from Atlanta, GA, where he was the battery caption head. He held this title from 2008-2010. Joe was also involved with Music City Mystique as a battery instructor from 2009-2011. He was a member of Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from 2001-2003. During his time at Southwind he was named the 2003 DCI I&E Snare drum champion. From 2004-2006 Joe was a member of the Cavaliers snare line. During his time with the Cavaliers, Joe won 2 DCI world championships, 2006 DCI I&E mixed ensemble championship, “Cavalier of the year” and the “Zildjian award” in 2006. Joe received his Music Education degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Other teaching experience includes: George Rogers Clark High School, Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, Murray State University, Austin Peay State University, Mt. Juliet High School, Marshall County High School, and Murray High School.

Joe is endorsed by Pearl Drums, Innovative Percussion, and Evans Drumheads. Joe and his wife Kara and their Great Dane “Truman” are looking forward to living in Austin Texas.