David Contreras is the Band Director of Travis High School. He has been at Travis High School for 18 years. The Travis Band have earned numerous UIL sweepstakes at marching and concert and sight-reading. Best in Class at US Bands competitions, and Capital City Marching contest. Numerous of Best in Class at Directors Choice music festivals over his tenure at Travis. He 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 in 1992 capturing 2nd place. 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’, placed in the top 12 in San Antonio regional Band of America Contest. His band programs band have won numerous awards at local marching contest and music festivals in Winter Park Colorado, Dallas, Houston and Corpus Christi.
Jonathan Rodriguez is the Assistant Band Director of the Travis Rebel Band. Mr. Rodriguez likes to describe himself as just a regular guy that happens to know a thing or two about music. As a native Austinite, he was a student of the AISD where he attended Metz Elementary, Paredes Middle School, and Akins High School. He later pursued higher education at the University of Texas in the heart of Austin.
Mr. Rodriguez loved marching band so much that he joined the major leagues and eventually won the Drum Corps International Championship with The Bluecoats in 2016.
Throughout his life, Jonathan knew that his purpose was to help others, and it was his band directors that showed him how powerful and life changing a good teacher can be. These music teachers of his are the reason he chose to pursue a career as a band director in hopes to make the same impact on others lives that was made upon his own.