David Contreras is the Band Director of Travis High School and during his high school career was inspired by his former band director Mr. Dan Schreiber of John Jay HS in San Antonio to pursue his career in music.
Mr. Contreras is a graduate of University of Texas at San Antonio. During his college career had the honor of marching with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corp 91’& 92’. With his drum corps experience he was marching and brass tech for Oliver Wendell Holmes HS in San Antonio 91-96. He began his teaching career at Harlandale Middle in San Antonio, and then became Assistant Band Director and eventually Head Director at Holmes HS. While at Holmes HS they enjoyed success at all UIL events, placed in the top 8 at Area Marching Contests 98-02 and advanced to the 5A State Marching Contest 98’. Mr. Contreras’s bands have also placed in the top 12 in San Antonio regional Band of America Contest. The Holmes band won numerous awards at local marching contest and music festivals in Winter Park Colorado, Dallas, Houston and Corpus Christi.
Travis High School in the last 5 years has won awards at Director Choice music festivals in San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. The Travis band participates in all UIL events and local community events.
Matthew Santiago is excited to serve as the assistant band director at Travis Early College High School. Mr. Santiago is a product of Austin ISD where he attended W. Charles Akins High School and graduated in 2015.
Mr. Santiago attended Texas State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Studies with an emphasis on Trumpet. He graduated in 2020. Mr. Santiago had the opportunity to perform with many outstanding groups while at Texas State University. There he was a performer of the Concert and Symphonic bands. He also played lead Trumpet in multiple multi-cultural ensembles such as the Jazz Lab Band and the well known salsa band, Salsa Del Rio.
Mr. Santiago has had the opportunity to teach at multiple schools in the Austin area. There he served as a visual and musical technician for W. Charles Akins High School and Lake Travis High School during their 2019 marching seasons. He also served as a trumpet private lesson teacher at Paredes Middle School and as a student teacher at Austin High School.
Besides music, He enjoys playing basketball, lifting weights, and spending quality time with friends and family. Mr. Santiago is grateful to be back in the Austin ISD community and to be a Travis ECHS Rebel! Go Rebs!