Shane Shinsato, Director

Shane Shinsato is currently in his 25th year of music education in Texas.  He received his music degree from Baylor University where he studied saxophone with Dr. Michael Jacobson. Mr. Shinsato has taught band in Ferris, Midland and Harlingen where he is currently the Director of Bands at Harlingen South High School.  While at South his bands have received, many accolades including 5 appearances at the Texas State Marching contest, and being named a UiL Honor Band Finalist in 2006.  His professional associations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Jazz Educators Association and Texas Music Adjudicators Association.  

Mr. Shinsato has been teaching leadership and Drum Major camps at UT Arlington, McAllen, UT El Paso, and Raymondville. He has had the privilege of being a clinician for Region bands in McAllen, Port Isabel, El Paso, and San Antonio.  He is currently in his third year of serving as the Region 28 Vice-President.  Mr. Shinsato has played with numerous professional groups including the Harry Betancourt Orchestra, Corpus Christi Wind Symphony, the Myron Floren Band, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Dean Canty Orchestra, Cab Calloway Band and the Spinners. 
 

Our Assistant Directors

Assistant Director,
Low Brass, Concert Band, Jazz Band II
Contact Information:
Harlingen South High School
1701 Dixieland Rd. Harlingen TX, 78552
Band Hall Office: 956-427-3856

Mr. Jose G. Garcia currently serves as Assistant Band Director at Harlingen South High School where he assists with instruction of the Marching Band. He is also the conductor of the Concert Band, and Jazz Band 2.

He holds dual Bachelors Degrees in Trombone Performance and Music Education from Texas A&M University at Kingsville, and a Masters Degree in Trombone Performance from The University of Northern Colorado. His principal teachers include Dr. Nathaniel Wickham, Dr. Oscar Diaz, Frank Foster, John J. Mallon, Jorge Garcia, and Edmundo Garcia.

Mr. Garcia has performed with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Corpus Christi Cathedral Series, Corpus Christi Chamber Choir, and Kingsville Symphony Orchestra. While in school, Mr. Garcia was a member of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Wind Symphony, Jazz Band 1, TAMUK Jazz Bones, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trombone Choir. While studying at UNC he was a member of UNC Lab Band 1, the UNC Symphony Orchestra, and the UNC Trombone Choir.

Mr. Garcia has shared the stage with many great musicians such as John Faddis, Byron Stripling, Wayne Bergeron, Bill Reichenbach and the Jeff Hamilton Trio. He has performed in numerous master classes with artists such as the St. Louis Brass, Bill Reichenbach, and The Trombones de Costa Rica.

Mr. Garcia is currently Bass-Trombonist in the Dean Canty Jazz Orchestra, Swing Street RGV, Rio Grande Valley Jazz Orchestra, Brownsville Wind Ensemble and freelances in the South Texas area.

His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, International Trombone Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Laura Benavides
Richard De La Riva

Richard De La Riva is a native of Brownsville, TX. He is currently an Assistant Band Director at Harlingen High School South where he serves as the high brass instructor and Director of the Cano Gold Raven Band.  Prior to his appointment at Harlingen High School South, Mr. De La Riva served as Assistant Director for the Hanna High School Band in Brownsville, Director of Bands in Fort Worth ISD and Clark County ISD in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

In addition to his teaching, Mr. De La Riva has served as Jazz Chairperson for the Clark County School District in Nevada.  While living in Las Vegas, he has served as Composer in Residence and principal trumpet for the Desert Winds Symphony, Co-Principal for the North Las Vegas Stake Orchestra, served as member of the Las Vegas Brass Band and adjunct in the Las Vegas Philharmonic.  He has performed and recorded under the Klavier label with the University of Nevada Las Vegas as principal trumpet for the UNLV Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Brass Ensemble under the direction of Thomas Leslie, Taras Krysa and Takayoshi “Tad” Suzuki.  Mr. De La Riva has also performed with musicians such as Eric Marienthal, Will Kennedy, Russell Ferrante, Peter Schickele and Edgar Meyer.

Mr. De La Riva enjoys teaching music subjects such as brass pedagogy, music composition, transcription, orchestration and Latin percussion.  His passion for Latin music has led him to become founder of the Son Montuno Latin Orchestra, which is comprised of music educators from the Rio Grande Valley.  He has performed with his Latin Orchestra in the Annual Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival for four consecutive years. He also serves as an active member of the Brownsville Wind Symphony and the Rio Grange Valley Jazz Orchestra.  
 

Veronica Villegas-De La Riva
Jose Garcia
Assistant Director
Woodwinds, Symphonic
Band, Mariachi, Color Guard
Contact Information:
Harlingen South High School
1701 Dixieland Rd. Harlingen TX, 78552
Band Hall Office: 956-427-3800
Assistant Director,
Band and Orchestra
Contact Information:
Harlingen School of Health Professions
Assistant Director,
Percussion
Ritmo Gavilán, Director
Harlingen South High School
1701 Dixieland Rd. Harlingen TX, 78552
Band Hall Office: 956-427-3800

 

Mr. Raul Liendo is the assistant Band Director specializing in Percussion. He Is from Laredo TX, and studied music at Texas A&M University – Kingsville. In his time as a student at TAMUK, Mr. Liendo performed with the Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensembles and University Jazz Bands.

Mr. Liendo also received education at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. In San Marcos, Mr. Liendo was a percussionist in Salsa Del Rio, the University’s top Salsa Music Ensemble. In his time at Harlingen South High School, the percussion studio has earned several distinctions in the Fall and Spring semesters. Mr. Liendo is also the Founder and Director of Ritmo Gavilán, Harlingen South’s First Salsa Music Ensemble.

Raúl Liendo
Assistant Director,
High Brass, Cano Freshman Academy

Veronica Villegas-De La Riva is a native of Brownsville, TX. She is currently the Band and Orchestra Director at the Harlingen School of Health Professions and serves as clarinet instructor for the Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South bands.  Prior to this appointment in HCISD, Mrs. Villegas served as Director of Bands and Orchestra in Brownsville ISD, Fort Worth ISD and Clark County ISD in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

While living in Las Vegas and in addition to her teaching, Mrs. Villegas worked as a musician at the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas, Co-Principal clarinet for the Desert Winds Symphony,  and Principal clarinet of the North Stake Orchestra.  She has performed and recorded under the Klavier label with the University of Nevada Las Vegas for the UNLV Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Leslie, George Stelluto, Taras Krysa and Takayoshi “Tad” Suzuki.  Mrs. Villegas has also performed with musicians such as Eric Marienthal, Will Kennedy, Russell Ferrante, Peter Schickele, Hilary Hahn, Bebe Neuwirth and Edgar Meyer.

 

Mrs. Villegas enjoys teaching all aspects of music to her students, especially in performance and is currently an active musician in her husband’s latin orchestra, Son Montuno, the Brownsville Wind Symphony and the Rio Grange Valley Jazz Orchestra.  

Mrs. Villegas enjoys spending quality time with her husband Richard and their two sons Adan and Ethan.

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