ABOUT US

Established in 1937, the Luther Burbank Bulldog Band is over 100 members strong, and growing each year. As one of the oldest music programs in San Antonio, the Bulldog Band takes great pride in its rich traditions and service to the South of Downtown community.

The band has earned many accolades in its recent history as a UIL marching band area finalist, as well as having been featured as a demonstration group at the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2019. In July 1976 the band had the honor to perform for President Gerald Ford, during his visit to San Antonio in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. 

The band is a consistent "sweepstakes" program with many performing ensembles for students to explore, such as our elite marching band, our award winning concert bands and wind ensemble, the Burbank Street jazz band, our TECA state finalist Colorguard and Indoor Percussion, as well as our drumline and chamber ensembles. 

For more information regarding our ensembles, please check out our ensembles tab.

As a member of the band, you will soon experience the warmth of belonging to a big family, and the pride in an organization that has experienced great success and musical excellence for over 80 years.

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Band Directors

Hector Trevino
Director of Bands

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Mr. Hector Trevino is currently serving as Director of Bands at Luther Burbank High School in the San Antonio Independent School District. He is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His main performance instrument is percussion. His experiences working with multiple instrumental and vocal ensembles in San Antonio has given him a different perspective on his approach to teaching band. Mr. Trevino has written several pieces for band, choral music, small chamber ensemble, and has arranged numerous marching band shows.

He led the John Greenleaf Whittier Middle School Band Program as their Director of Bands from 2013 to 2016, building the program into a sweepstakes band, and growing its membership to over 180 students.

Under his direction, the Luther Burbank Band program has won many consecutive sweepstakes. The marching band qualified for UIL area finals for the first time in their district’s history, the Luther Burbank wind ensemble is a TMEA honor band area finalist and was invited to the Texas Music Educators Convention as a demonstration group while presenting a clinic on how to build a successful urban band program.

Mr. Trevino is an active member of TMEA and has served as a convention clinician. Other memberships include the Texas Band Masters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. 

Victor Naranjo
Associate Director

Dr. Victor Naranjo has been with San Antonio ISD for 15 years. He began working at Burbank High School in 2013 and in the last 7 years has assisted in the growth and development of the program from 39 members to its current 121 members. The Burbank program has also received 1st division ratings in UIL Marching & UIL Concert Contests. Dr. Naranjo is the Associate Director of Bands and IB Music Instructor. Prior to coming to SAISD Dr. Naranjo served as a Trumpet Consultant for Southwest ISD where several of his students advanced to State in 2005. Before moving to San Antonio, he was Director of Mariachi for San Angelo ISD. In the year that he was there the High School Varsity Mariachi placed 1st at the Texas State Mariachi Conference in their division in 2004.

 

From 2003-2004 Dr. Naranjo worked for Odessa and Midland ISD where he served as a Trumpet Consultant and played with the Midland Symphony and Odessa College Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. He received his D.M.A. in 2003 and M.M. in 1999 from Texas Tech University and his B.M. in 1997 from Angelo State University.


Dr. Naranjo is originally from Del Rio Tx and has lived in San Antonio since 2005 with his wife and two boys. “I am very thankful for the love and support that I receive from my family and feel truly blessed to have them in my life, it is because of my wife and children that I try and do my best every day…”-----VNaranjo

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April Lara
Percussion Director

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An El Paso native, April Lara holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from New Mexico State University.  During her time at NMSU, she studied with Eastman graduate Dr. Fred Bugbee and participated in multiple ensembles, including percussion ensemble, wind symphony, and the PRIDE of New Mexico Marching Band. During her undergraduate studies, she marched a season as a snare drummer with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Prior to coming to SAISD, Ms. Lara received a Masters in Percussion Performance from Texas State University where she was under the guidance and mentoring of Genaro Gonzalez, Kari Klier, Bobby Lopez, and Butch Miles.

 

During her time at Texas State University, she instructed the Bobcat Marching Band percussion section with Jordan Stern, recording show music segments in 2017 for Vic Firth. She was on teaching staff with Violet Crown Independent from 2016-2019 as a Battery Instructor then as Executive Director. Ms. Lara has taught the Luther Burbank percussion section for 2 years leading them to multiple awards, including best percussion at the SAISD District Contest, best percussion in Class AA Yamaha Cup, 1st place in TECA AA, and the bronze medal at the 2019 TECA Championships.

Bob Navarro
Assistant Director

Mr. Navarro is a native of San Antonio. He has been teaching band in the public schools for 31 years. He has taught both middle school and high school bands in Texas at the following school districts, Wills Point ISD, Galena Park ISD, Spring Branch ISD, Northeast ISD, Alamo Heights ISD and now in San Antonio ISD. His ensembles have earned many Sweepstakes ratings at both UIL Concert and Sight-reading Evaluation and at UIL Marching Contest.

 

His students have earned many honors including several in the Texas All-State Bands. Mr. Navarro earned a Bachelors of Music Education degree at North Texas State University. Mr. Navarro is an active performer on woodwinds performing with The Lamplighters Big Band and with Jesse “Chuy” Gonzalez Tejano band among others. Along with his teaching assignment here at Burbank HS, he is also an Assistant Director at Harris Middle School.

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Our School

About Luther Burbank High School

 

Burbank opened at its present location in September 1937. For more than 30 years the campus also included a junior high school, which was phased out at the end of the 1968-69 school year as part of an overall $22 million building program which included construction of more junior high schools. 

While officially named for agricultural pioneer Luther Burbank, the school originally was called the Steve's Gardens Jr.-Sr. High School.

Luther Burbank (March 7, 1849 – April 11, 1926) was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. He developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career. Burbank's varied creations included fruits, flowers, grains, grasses, and vegetables. He developed (but did not create) a spineless cactus (useful for cattle-feed) and the plumcot.

Since 1998 Burbank High School has been authorized to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate program which is recognized all over the world. 

Brand New campus opening
Fall of 2021

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Student Leadership

DRUM MAJORS

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ABOUT US

Our Band

Established in 1937, the Luther Burbank Bulldog Band is over 100 members strong, and growing each year. As one of the oldest music programs in San Antonio, the Bulldog Band takes great pride in its rich traditions and service to the South of Downtown community.

The band has earned many accolades in its recent history as a UIL marching band area finalist, as well as having been featured as a demonstration group at the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2019. In July 1976 the band had the honor to perform for President Gerald Ford, during his visit to San Antonio in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. 

The band is a consistent "sweepstakes" program with many performing ensembles for students to explore, such as our elite marching band, our award winning concert bands and wind ensemble, the Burbank Street jazz band, our TECA state finalist Colorguard and Indoor Percussion, as well as our drumline and chamber ensembles. 

For more information regarding our ensembles, please check out our ensembles tab.

As a member of the band, you will soon experience the warmth of belonging to a big family, and the pride in an organization that has experienced great success and musical excellence for over 80 years.

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Band Directors

Frank Foster
Director of Bands

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Frank Foster has received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington and has continue with a M.M. in Music Education at A&M at Commerce. 

Mr. Foster has taught for 20 years. His bands have earned numerous sweepstakes awards and have placed in finals at the TMEA Honor Band contest. His marching bands have earned 1st division through out the years and have placed in Area Finals six times. His marching bands have also placed in contests around Texas including placing 5th at the US Bands Nationals Marching Contest and earning 1st divisions at BOA.

A number of Mr. Foster’s students have gone on with a career in music including education, performance, and composition. 

Mr. Foster has clinic several All-Region Bands and Jazz Bands throughout South Texas.  

Mr. Foster is a member of TMAA, ATSSB, TMEA, IAJE, ITA, TUBA, TBA, KKY, PMA and TSTA

Victor Naranjo
Associate Director

Dr. Victor Naranjo has been with San Antonio ISD for 15 years. He began working at Burbank High School in 2013 and in the last 7 years has assisted in the growth and development of the program from 39 members to its current 121 members. The Burbank program has also received 1st division ratings in UIL Marching & UIL Concert Contests. Dr. Naranjo is the Associate Director of Bands and IB Music Instructor. Prior to coming to SAISD Dr. Naranjo served as a Trumpet Consultant for Southwest ISD where several of his students advanced to State in 2005. Before moving to San Antonio, he was Director of Mariachi for San Angelo ISD. In the year that he was there the High School Varsity Mariachi placed 1st at the Texas State Mariachi Conference in their division in 2004.

 

From 2003-2004 Dr. Naranjo worked for Odessa and Midland ISD where he served as a Trumpet Consultant and played with the Midland Symphony and Odessa College Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. He received his D.M.A. in 2003 and M.M. in 1999 from Texas Tech University and his B.M. in 1997 from Angelo State University.


Dr. Naranjo is originally from Del Rio Tx and has lived in San Antonio since 2005 with his wife and two boys. “I am very thankful for the love and support that I receive from my family and feel truly blessed to have them in my life, it is because of my wife and children that I try and do my best every day…”-----VNaranjo

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April Lara
Percussion Director

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An El Paso native, April Lara holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from New Mexico State University.  During her time at NMSU, she studied with Eastman graduate Dr. Fred Bugbee and participated in multiple ensembles, including percussion ensemble, wind symphony, and the PRIDE of New Mexico Marching Band. During her undergraduate studies, she marched a season as a snare drummer with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Prior to coming to SAISD, Ms. Lara received a Masters in Percussion Performance from Texas State University where she was under the guidance and mentoring of Genaro Gonzalez, Kari Klier, Bobby Lopez, and Butch Miles.

 

During her time at Texas State University, she instructed the Bobcat Marching Band percussion section with Jordan Stern, recording show music segments in 2017 for Vic Firth. She was on teaching staff with Violet Crown Independent from 2016-2019 as a Battery Instructor then as Executive Director. Ms. Lara has taught the Luther Burbank percussion section for 2 years leading them to multiple awards, including best percussion at the SAISD District Contest, best percussion in Class AA Yamaha Cup, 1st place in TECA AA, and the bronze medal at the 2019 TECA Championships.

Nicole Solalinde
Guard Director

Nicole Solalinde comes to us from South Plainfield, New Jersey. She started her Color Guard career at the age of 12 spinning with her middle school flag team and was captain of her high school team for two years. After graduating in 2009, she instructed at Monroe High school for 4 years from 2010-2014. The Winter Guard received 1st and 2nd placements at MAIN Championships. In 2013 Monroe won 1st place at State and National Championships in Group 2A USSBA competition and was invited to play in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 

In May of 2014 Nicole decided to move to Texas to expand her career and further her expertise. She received a Tech position at McNeil High school in Austin, Texas and also had the great opportunity to instruct the Bobcat Marching band’s Color Guard at Texas State University from 2014-2015. Throughout her career she has led many programs to receive 1st place and Best Guard/Auxiliary. Programs such as Byron P. Steele High school JV and Varsity (2015- 2016), Oliver B. Holmes High school Winter Guard (2015-2016), Karen Wagner High School Color Guard and Winter Guard (2017-2019), and Brackenridge High School Color Guard and Winter Guard (2018-2021).

 

While directing these schools Nicole has also had the opportunity to teach summer camps and choreograph marching band and winter guard shows for other groups around/outside the San Antonio Area. Every April Nicole accepts the responsibility to choreograph pieces for the Battle of the Bands Fiesta performance and gets to work with various schools at the same time. Outside of Directing, Nicole works as a Texas Brand Manager for a nationwide company called Guardcloset, where she gets to pursue other avenues of her career.

 

Nicole is privileged to have the opportunity to work with the Luther Burbank High School marching band and color guard. She is very excited and optimistic about this new opportunity and hopes for much success this year.

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Our School

About Luther Burbank High School

 

Burbank opened at its present location in September 1937. For more than 30 years the campus also included a junior high school, which was phased out at the end of the 1968-69 school year as part of an overall $22 million building program which included construction of more junior high schools. 

While officially named for agricultural pioneer Luther Burbank, the school originally was called the Steve's Gardens Jr.-Sr. High School.

Luther Burbank (March 7, 1849 – April 11, 1926) was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. He developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career. Burbank's varied creations included fruits, flowers, grains, grasses, and vegetables. He developed (but did not create) a spineless cactus (useful for cattle-feed) and the plumcot.

Since 1998 Burbank High School has been authorized to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate program which is recognized all over the world. 

Brand New campus opening
Fall of 2021

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Burbank HS is an in-district charter, and any student residing in Bexar County can enroll in our school and band program

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Student Leadership

DRUM MAJORS

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TIMOTHY MELENDEZ
Head Drum Major

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JASON MUNOZ
 Drum Major

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RICKY HERRERA
Drum Major

CAPTAINS

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MARGARITA AVILA
Woodwind Captain

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BRYAN LOPEZ
Brass Captain

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PAULINA MEDRANO
Colorguard Captain

SECTION LEADERS

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JERRIKA PRADO
Woodwind Section Leader

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MARK HERNANDEZ
Brass Section Leader

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SERENITY SAN ROMAN
Woodwind Section Leader

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DOMINIC LEGEZA

Drum Line Section Leader

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EMILY GARCIA
Brass Section Leader

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RAVEN TORRES
Front Ensemble Section Leader

Thanks to all who auditioned. Your drive, dedication and passion for our band program was greatly showed by all candidates.