Directors’ Bio

Sandoval 2015 TBA PictureRoland Sandoval
Director of Bands/Jazz Studies Sandra Day O’Connor HS
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Roland Sandoval studied Music Education at Texas Lutheran University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a recipient of a Masters Degree in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University. He has been a Texas band director in the award winning programs in the Kingsville and Hondo ISD’s. He returned to San Antonio as a band director at John Jay HS. Roland is currently serving as the Director of Bands at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in the Northside School District. His duties include serving as Associate Conductor of all 3 concert bands, 2 jazz ensembles & jazz combo. He has also been the music arranger and drill designer for the award winning 360 member O’Connor “Panther” Marching Band.

Roland has been on the summer faculty of several band, leadership and drum major camps. His service includes being the TMEA All State Concert Bands saxophone section teacher for over 4 years and from 2003-2014 he has been the Organizer for the TMEA All State Jazz Ensemble. He has been the Vice President of the TMEA Region 11 and currently serves as Jazz Division Chairman. He served as President of Region 11 for 10 years. From 2003-2009 Mr. Sandoval was the Vice President of the Texas Chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education and just completed his term as Executive Director of the Texas Jazz Educators Association. Roland continues to be active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas in the marching, jazz, and concert arenas. He has been selected as a TMEA All Region Conductor/Clinician in Region 5, 12, 14, 15, 22, 26, 28, ATSSB Region 12, and for the SAISD All Region Concert & Jazz Ensembles.

Concert bands, jazz ensembles and marching bands that Mr. Sandoval has been associated with have consistently earned UIL “Sweepstakes” honors including superior ratings and Best In Class Honors at various festivals throughout Texas and Colorado. Significant honors include the 2007, 2009 OHS Jazz Ensemble I & Combo being invited and featured at the North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison Texas, the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016 O’Connor Symphonic Winds being selected as the TMEA Region 11 Honor Band winner and Area Finalist and the 2008, 2010, 2012 & 2014 O’Connor “Panther” Marching Band qualifying for the UIL 5A & 6A Texas State Marching Band Contest. The 2014 OC Marching Band was also the Area G Champion. Roland also continues to perform professionally throughout the San Antonio area. His professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, TMAA, TJEA, PASIC, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity. He is a proud 2009 Inductee of Phi Beta Mu. In 2015 he was elected to state board of directors of the Texas Bandmasters Association.  Mr. Sandoval was named the 2016 UTSA Music Department Alumnus of the year by the UTSA Music Faculty. His wife Jackie is a teacher in NISD and his son Nathan is a sophomore in high school.


George G. Garza
Associate Director

Mr. Garza received both his Bachelor of Music in Education and Master of Music Degree from Texas State University. While working on his Masters Degree, Mr. Garza was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the music/percussion department. During that time he taught applied percussion lessons to undergraduate music majors, assisted and conducted with the university marching band, percussion ensembles, Panorama Steel Band, and was section leader of the university wind ensemble under the direction of John Stansberry. Mr. Garza was also on the instructional staff for the university drum line.

George Garza is currently Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Instructor at Sandra Day O`Connor High School in Helotes, Texas. Mr. Garza works with and conducts all four concert bands, jazz bands, jazz combos, and the marching and concert percussion ensembles. Throughout the years some of the percussion sections’ accomplishments include, outstanding percussion at Drums along the Medina, outstanding percussion at East Central Hornet Invitational, grand champion at South Texas Drum line Classic. The O’Connor HS Marching Percussion Ensemble has also made several appearances at PAS marching festival. In 2004, the OCHS marching percussion ensemble finished in 3rd place nationally in “Marching Division” at the Percussive Arts Society’s Indoor Marching Percussion Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, and finished 1st place overall in the “Marching Division” in Columbus, Ohio in 2005. Along with their first place award the group also received the awards for outstanding snare line, bass line, cymbal line, and tenor line. In 2009 the marching percussion also performed at PASIC and brought home the outstanding cymbal line award. The OCHS small percussion ensemble has also performed twice at the PAS convention and was awarded 1st place at the PAS Small Ensemble Competition in Indianapolis in 2011. Along with the full ensemble many individual students have competed and have ranked as high as 2nd place in individuals competition.

Before coming to O`Connor, Mr. Garza was assistant band director and percussion coordinator for Hays CISD in Buda, Texas just south of Austin. While at Hays Mr. Garza taught 6th grade beginning percussion classes, conducted the jr. high and High School percussion ensembles, directed the Hays HS marching percussion section and indoor drum line. The Hays HS Rebel marching band also competed in the finals at the State marching band contest, and finished in 5th place in the State Honor band competition for two years.

Along with his duties at O’Connor High School, Mr. Garza is currently Adjunct faculty at Texas State University, an instructor for the Texas State University Summer Percussion Camp, and the percussion instructor for the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA) summer symphony camp. In 2006 Mr. Garza presented a timpani clinic at the Texas Bandmasters Annual Convention in San Antonio. Along with his own band that plays regularly (Road Trip the band), Mr. Garza’s professional playing experience includes performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, the World Percussion Festival at Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mass., Euro Disney in Paris, France, and was a performer at Fiesta Texas Theme Park in San Antonio. Mr. Garza has also performed with the San Antonio Jazz Orchestra, the Infinity variety band, the Starlight band, and was also a member of the UTSA jazz band, Texas State University jazz band under the direction of Dr. Keith Winking and the Texas State University Basketball band under the direction of James Hudson.  Mr. Garza also played lead pan in the Panorama Steel Band which did tours in Europe and Mexico City. Mr. Garza is married to his lovely wife Kim who is also a band director at Lopez MS in the NEISD of San Antonio.  They love to spend all their free time with their three wonderful boys, Ryan, 12yrs. and Jacob, 9yrs, and Riley 6yrs.

Perkins_08Wesley Perkins

Associate Director

Wesley Perkins is a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas with a Bachelors in Music with specialization in Education. While at Tech he was a member of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland, Concert Bands, Jazz Program, Varsity Band, and the Texas Tech Trumpet Choir. For two years Mr. Perkins was a Lead Soprano and Featured Soloist with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps out of Denver Colorado. This outstanding DCI unit finished in the top ten of the DCI World Championships both years Mr. Perkins marched with them. He served as the Auditions Coordinator for the San Antonio and South Texas Region Brass camps for the Blue Knights. Mr. Perkins was serving as an assistant director with the Seguin ISD in Seguin, Texas before taking over as Associate Director at O’Connor High School. He taught at both Saegert MS and Seguin HS.

The bands Mr. Perkins has been associated with have earned UIL “Sweepstakes” and numerous Festival Honors including Best in Class selections. He has taught beginning brass at the MS level as well as conducting bands at Saegert MS. Mr. Perkins taught marching fundamentals (M&M) and was the Brass/Music Tech at Seguin HS. Since joining the Seguin staff the HS band earned consecutive 1st divisions at UIL, been named finalist at BOA San Antonio and Houston, Area finalists, and the Seguin Marching Band made the State Marching Contest for the first time in school history. He has taught marching clinics throughout South Texas and also taught private trumpet lessons at Seguin HS as well as brass sectionals during concert season. We are thrilled that he joined the O’Connor Band family and has been at O’Connor for twelve years. The OC Bands have excelled in the marching, concert and jazz arenas under his guidance. Some extra trivia on Mr. Perkins includes he was a 4 sport letterman in HS and raised PIGS as a member of FFA as well. His wife Alicia is also a band director and currently serves as the Associate Band Director at Garcia MS. They have two beautiful children. In 2016 Mr. Perkins was elected as the TMEA Region 29 Band Chairman.

Jaime Ramos 2016

Jaime Ramos
Associate Director

Jaime G. Ramos has been named the new band director at OC joining veterans Roland Sandoval, George G. Garza and Wesley Perkins. Jaime is coming to us having served as a band director in the Cy Fair ISD in Houston Texas for the last three years. Jaime is a San Antonio native and a 2008 honors graduate of Judson High School. Mr. Ramos is a 2013 Cum Laude graduate of the University of Houston. He is a gifted musician and performer. While at U of H Mr. Ramos was the Principle Trombone in the nationally recognized U of H Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, Opera Orchestra and the trombone section leader in the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band. In those ensembles he was a featured soloist at such prestigious performances as the Midwest, TMEA and CMEA Conventions. His college band directors and professors include Texas band and jazz legends David Bertman, Marion West, Noe Marmolejo and John Benzer.

Mr. Ramos has worked with both MS and HS level students over the last three years. He worked at the largest middle school band program in Cy Fair ISD and taught all beginning low brass, trumpet and saxophone classes. The bands at his MS were all UIL Sweepstakes recipients. His HS band work includes working on the visual staff at the award winning programs at Cy-Fair, Cy-Springs. Seven Lakes, and Langham Creek High Schools in Houston Texas. He is a two-year veteran of the World Class DCI Drum Corp the CAVALIERS. In his last year marching baritone with the Cavaliers they won the DCI Silver Medal at the DCI World Championships! We are so excited to have Mr. Ramos as the new band director at O’Connor and he will be a wonderful resource for our students and community!

Darryl Pemberton 2016

Darryl Pemberton
Color Guard Director

Welcome DARRYL PEMBERTON to the O’Connor Band Family!

Currently living in San Antonio TX, Darryl is the visual designer and Color Guard director for the BOA & UIL State finalist Claudia Taylor Johnson HS Band. The band program had only been in existence for 5 years when Darryl led the Johnson Color Guard to numerous medals in the TCGC circuit including 2 back to back gold medals in Scholastic World Class in 2014 & 2015. The Johnson Color Guard is also a three time WGI finalist, earning the Silver Medal in the Scholastic Open Class in 2013. He also led the MacArthur HS Guard in NEISD to be a Scholastic World Finalist at the WGI Championships in 2016 (as NEISD winter guard) & the Texas Color Guard Circuit Scholastic A State Champions in their division in 2015! Mr. Pemberton has also been the visual director for DCI’s Crossmen and the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corp.

His two major current projects are with the:

Claudia Taylor Johnson HS, San Antonio TX — Color Guard
Director, Visual Designer

June 2008 – PRESENT

Scholastic World Finalist, WGI Championships 2016 (as NEISD winter guard)

TCGC Scholastic World State Champions, 2014, 2015

Scholastic Open Silver Medalist, WGI Championships 2013

Scholastic Open finalists, WGI Championships 2011, 2012

TCGC Silver medalist, Scholastic A State Championships 2010

TCGC Bronze medalist, Scholastic A State Championships 2009

DCI Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Philadelphia PA — Visual Designer

November 2015 – PRESENT- Visual Designer

1996-1997 – Visual Technician

1998-2001 – Visual Caption head. As Visual Caption Head in ’98, Pemberton lead the corps to another DCI World Championship title and a perfect score in marching technique.

Darryl Pemberton brings to O’Connor teaching this art form at the highest levels in the country and world class competition. We are thrilled to have him join our staff and bring his team to the O’Connor Panther Band!