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.
I grew up in McAllen, Tx until the age of 18 when I was accepted to the University of North Texas and moved to Denton, Tx where I received my Bachelors degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Band. I truly enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge and passion for sounds. Music is the way in which I understand the world and that path has lead me to study a broad variety of subjects from philosophy, socio-cultural phenomenon, cultural impacts of musical genres, human and civil rights movements, and much more. Aside from my musical and academic studies I enjoy time outside cycling, hiking, or climbing with my Wife and pup.