Mr. Daniel Asgari

Director of Bands

Daniel Asgari is in his first year as the Director of Bands at Brandeis High School Previously, Mr. Asgari was an Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Director for 7 years at Earl Warren High School. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BS in Music Education.

 

Mr. Asgari most recently served as the conductor of the Non-Varsity Band, and as the director of the Sub Non-Varsity band upon his arrival at Warren. During his time as director of both Non-Varsity bands, the ensemble earned consistent Sweepstakes ratings at Concert & Sight-Reading contest.

 

Mr. Asgari also served as the Percussion Director at Warren where the program won numerous awards, including being the 4-time consecutive Grand Champions of the South Texas Drumline Classic. In 2015, the Warren Percussion section earned 4th place in the Standstill Division at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Marching Festival.

 

Currently, Mr. Asgari is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion. Some of Mr. Asgari’s hobbies include playing golf, live music and supporting the 5 time World Champion San Antonio Spurs & Dallas Cowboys. Mr. Asgari is married to Vanessa, his wife of 8 years, and are expecting their first child this fall. They also have a wonderfully large English Bulldog named Thor.

Mr. Jesse Cuellar

Associate Director, Director of Jazz Studies

Jesse Cuellar is in his 9th year of teaching music and as Associate Director of Bands at Louis D. Brandeis High School. Prior to his appointment at Brandeis, Mr. Cuellar was the Associate Director of Bands at John Jay High School and Earl Warren High School. While at Jay, Mr. Cuellar assisted with the Varsity Marching Band and Varsity Concert Band. He conducted and directed the Non-Varsity Band, the John Jay Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo I, Jazz Combo II, and during his first two years the Mariachi ensemble as well. At Warren, Mr. Cuellar taught Music Theory/Appreciation, assisted with the Varsity Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Prep Band, and directed the Non-Varsity Concert Band, as well as the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I. 

Mr. Cuellar is a graduate of St. Mary’s University where he earned a B.A. in Music Education and a B.B.A. in Human Resources. While at St. Mary’s, Mr. Cuellar was very active in the Jazz Orchestra, Concert Band, Rattler Pep-Band, and Vocal Ensembles. Alongside his college ensembles, Mr. Cuellar also performed with a local Mariachi ensemble that had the privilege of performing a two week tour in Europe with several other groups.

Mr. Cuellar’s professional affiliations include: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas BandMasters Association, and Who’s-Who Among American Teachers. 

Mr. Cuellar is married to Dr. Natalie Cuellar, his wife of eleven years. They have a 8 year old son named Gabriel, a 6 year old daughter named Elena and a 3 year old boy named Edward.

Mr. David Suarez

Associate Director, Director of Percussion Studies

David Suarez comes to Brandeis from Harlandale ISD where he was the Percussion Coordinator for the district. David is a native of San Antonio and attended Harlandale High School. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.While at UNT, Mr. Suarez studied percussion under Mark Ford, Robert Schietroma, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith and Michael Drake. He is also a proud Alumnus of the 13-time PAS National Champion University of North Texas Indoor Drumline.

Mr. Suarez and his wife Jessica love to travel and spend time together with their two beautiful daughters Sophia and Mia.

Mr. Shane Lemanski

Associate Director

Shane Lemanski was born and raised in central Texas as an eighth generation Texan.  He has recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University and is excited to start his teaching career at Brandeis High School.

 

A clarinet player by trade, he also marched as a self-taught euphonium player with the World Class Finalist Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and 2015.

 

During his college career, Mr. Lemanski seized many opportunities to lead, perform, and teach within central Texas.  He served as the Drum Major and Band Manager of the Texas State Bobcat Marching Band during his four years with the ensemble under Dr. Kyle Glaser.  He performed in the TXST Wind Symphony under Dr. Caroline Beatty, TXST Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Jacob Harrison, TXST Clarinet Choir under Dr. Vanguel Tangarov, TXST Salsa Del Rio under John Lopez, as well as several community bands and orchestras.  He also worked three years with the award winning Dripping Springs High School Tiger Marching Band with Keith Lancaster and Derek Woods.  

 

Making the move to San Antonio, Mr. Lemanski finished his student teaching at Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School and Hidden Forest Elementary School with the incredible mentorship of: Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt, Dr. John Denis, Jarrett Lipman, Allen Sharps, Angela Leonhardt, Amanda Stevenson, and Richard Herrera.

 

Mr. Lemanski is excited to join the “Spirit of Brandeis” team and looks forward to meeting the students, making music, and becoming a part of the band family.

 

In his free time, Mr. Lemanski enjoys being with friends and family, disc golfing, kayaking, listening to podcasts, eating Whataburger, and composing music.

Ms. Jacqueline Aguirre

Director of Field Dance Company

Jackie Aguirre is the fine arts dance teacher at Louis D. Brandeis High School in San Antonio where she created NISD’s first Ballet Company. Dance has played a central role in her life for the past 33 years. Jackie began her dance training at age eight at the Vladimir Marek Ballet Academy under the instruction of Vladimir Marek, Nancy Smith and Joyce Knapick.

 

She attended the summer program at the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City and the Kirov Academy in Washington, DC. After graduating from John Marshall High School, Jackie attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she performed as a part of the Meadows School of the Arts. She earned a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Psychology and graduated magna cum laude in 1999. For the past 19 years, Jackie has worked with dance students as well as dance team members at Thomas Jefferson High School, Edgewood Fine Arts Academy, and Brandeis High School.

 

In addition to teaching dance, she is a vbarre teacher trainer and has presented workshops for Northside ISD, Comal ISD, San Antonio ISD, TDEA, and AAHPERD. Jackie was awarded the 2016 TDEA Dance Educator of the Year.

Design Team

Mr. Jude Boughton

Co-Program Coordinator

Jude is very excited to join the Brandeis team as Co-Program Coordinator for the 2019-2020 season. Having served in a variety of roles during his tenure in DCI, his last role was as the visual coordinator for the Phantom Regiment in 2015. Previous drum corps experience includes Spirit of Atlanta (Color Guard Coordinator 10-13), The Colts (Program Coordinator 05-09), The Glassmen (Movement & Dance Instructor 05), The Phantom Regiment (Color Guard Instructor & Caption Head 03-04.)

 

Boughton has taught extensively around the country as a designer, choreographer, dance educator, program consultant and coordinator working with many organizations including WGI medalists Juxtaposition & Mechanicsburg High School, and most notably with 12-time WGI Independent World Class finalist The Black Watch Color Guard (03-12).

 

Attending Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a focus in Theater & Dance and additional studies in Movement for Non-Dancers & Dance in the Musical Theater, Boughton has long been a student of dance and musical theater history in America and movement education to non-dancers.

 

Originally from Pittston, Pennsylvania Jude moved to Austin, Texas in 2010 where he was employed at Round Rock High School as Program Coordinator and Color Guard Director of the Dragon Band  (2013, 15, & 17 Bands of America Grand National Finalist,) from 2010-2018. Until 2015, he served Vandegrift High School as Program Coordinator (2013 4A Texas State Champion & 2015 UIL Silver Medalist), & at Leander High School as Program Coordinator (2015 UIL Bronze Medalist & 2016 BOA Grand National Finalist) from 2015-2017.

 

After judging for WGI for 8 years, Jude is proud to have served as a member of the WGI Advisory Board for 8 years & two terms on the WGI Board of Directors.

 

Jude resides in Austin Tx. with his partner Will and dog Cindy.

Mr. Jeremy Spicer

Co-Program Coordinator

Jeremy Spicer, a Magna cum Laude graduate from Texas State University is the owner of SASI – The Leadership People, LLC., a student leadership consulting firm focusing on in the empowerment of young leaders. SASI believes that students become empowered to succeed in their organization and their personal lives when they are properly equipped with a deeper knowledge and understanding of people, organizations, systems, and processes. Mr. Spicer is instrumental in the development and presentation of this concept to thousands of students across the nation.

 

Mr. Spicer is the former Director of Bands at Vandegrift High School. Vandegrift HS opened in the fall of 2009 with freshmen and sophomores and quickly experienced phenomenal growth and success. Through the focused effort of establishing a culture founded in mutual respect, hard work and excellence the program grew from less than 50 to nearly 225 in less than five years and was extremely successful in both the marching and concert arenas. The marching band was named the 2013 University Interscholastic League (UIL) 4A State Marching Band Champion. Additionally, the marching band was a consistent Class Champion (Class A, AA, and AAA) and Finalist in Bands of America (BOA) Regional Competitions. In 2013 the band was named AAA Class Champion placing 4th at the BOA Austin Regional and again AAA Class Champion placing 7th at the 2013 BOA San Antonio Super Regional where the band won the coveted Music Caption in Finals. The Concert Band program is the foundation and backbone of the music education program at Vandegrift. The Wind Ensemble placed third in the state at the 2013 Texas Music Educator's Association (TMEA) Honor Band Competition and was named a National Winner in the 2012 Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Competition.

 

Prior to his appointment at Vandegrift, Mr. Spicer spent eight years as a member of the staff at Cedar Park High School. While at Cedar Park he served as the Conductor of the Symphonic Winds and the Director of both the Marching and Jazz Ensembles. During his tenure at the marching band won numerous marching contests and was a consistent finalist at both the UIL State Marching Contest and Bands of America Regional and Super-Regional competitions. The marching band is the 2006 recipient of the Sudler Shield, an international award for marching excellence awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Under his direction, the Symphonic Winds never earned anything but a superior rating at the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.

 

Mr. Spicer has also been very active in DCI. He began his drum corps career playing mellophone in the Santa Clara Vanguard. Since his age out year, Mr. Spicer has been on the brass staffs of the Carolina Crown (2000), Southwind (2001), Boston Crusaders (2002) and Santa Clara Vanguard (2003 and 2006). He has served in various capacities ranging from Brass Instructor to Assistant Brass Caption Head. Mr. Spicer Mr. Spicer is active in the United States as a clinician and adjudicator for Bands of America. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He lives in Cedar Park with his beautiful wife Elizabeth, precious daughter, Coral Amber, and their handsome son, Aiden Joseph.

Mr. Ryan George

Music Arranger

RYAN GEORGE currently resides in Austin, Texas where he is active as an arranger and composer. His work, ranging from music for the concert stage to music for marching ensembles is performed regularly throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. 

 

Ryan completed his first work for concert band in 2007 and since then his works have received performances at the American Bandmasters Association Convention, the MidWest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, W.A.S.B.E., the Music For All (Bands of America) Concert Band Festival, PASIC, Carnegie Hall, the National CBDNA Conference, the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, and the MidEurope Festival in Schladming Austria. Many of his works, which are aimed at developing performers, have frequented the repertoires of All-State, Region, Inter-Collegiate, and Honor's ensembles throughout the U.S. and Canada. Recent notable performances of Ryan's music have included The "Presidents Own" United States Marine Band (National Tour), the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra (Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic), The Texas Christian University Percussion Orchestra (PASIC National Convention), The United States Air Force Band (A.B.A. Convention), The Lone Star Wind Orchestra (WASBE), and the Finnish Navy Band. He has received commissions for various ensembles including works for the T.C.U. Percussion Orchestra, The Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Band Literature, The Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the Wan Quan School in Beijing China. 

As a specialist in music design for marching ensembles Ryan's work has been performed by some of the nation's elite programs at state, region, and national venues. His roster of clients include perennial Bands of America (Music for All) regional champions, regional finalist, and Grand National finalist. Some of his clients include Leander HS (Leander TX), Cedar Ridge HS (Round Rock TX), and the 2018 UIL 6A State Champion Vista Ridge HS (Cedar Park TX).  Within the realm of drum corps Ryan is returning for his 8th year as the brass arranger/composer of the Boston Crusaders from Boston MA. He also was for the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps from Tempe AZ.

 

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He is an ASCAP artist, a member of TMEA, and the American Composer's Forum.  His wife Sarah is a producer and talent buyer for internationally recognized music festivals and they are the proud parents of Sophia, Nyla, and Teller. 

Mr. Pete Weber

Visual Designer

Peter Weber is the Director of Orchestras and Jazz Ensembles at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois.  He was the drill writer for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006 to 2016 and has been designing drill for high school, college, indoor percussion, drum corps, and winter color guard programs for over 20 years. 

 

Programs he has written for have been selected as Drum Corps International finalists, Bands of America Grand National finalists, Bands of America Regional champions, state finalists and state champions, Winter Guard International finalists, and have seen international exposure in Japan and Taiwan. 

 

In addition to drill design he has taught as an assistant band director at Lopez High School in Brownsville, Texas, interim band director at Prospect High School, and as director of bands at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, IL.  Peter holds a Bachelors of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Masters of Instrumental Conducting from the University of Houston

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