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Mr. Ismael A Garza

Ismael A Garza is currently in his 1st year at MacArthur High School as an Assistant Band Director/Percussion Director. Ismael coordinates all percussion activities at Mac including the marching percussion ensemble, private lessons, indoor percussion ensemble and concert percussion sections. Ismael also assists the middle school percussion programs at Garner, Driscoll and Bradley. Ismael holds a (BM) Bachelors in Music Education with an all level certification from the University of North Texas.

 Originally from Beeville, TX, Ismael attended A.C. Jones High School. After graduating, Ismael was accepted and studied music at The University of North Texas majoring in Music Education with a concentration in Percussion . While at UNT, he was fortunate to have studied under Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Jose Aponte, Henry Okstel, Ed Smith, Micheal Smith and Jake Thiede. Mr. Garza participated in many of the school's fine performing arts ensembles such as the Green Brigade Marching Band, Indoor Drumline, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Group, and Afro Cuban Ensemble.

 Outside of MacArthur, Ismael enjoys spending time with his wife and son, fishing, traveling, woodworking, and composing music. Most recent compositional achievements include honorable mentions for the Percussive Arts Society composition competition with his work for Brass Quintet and Percussion Quartet entitled "Like Lead into the Sea" (2017), and the International Percussion Institutes Call for Scores (2018) with his marimba solo entitled “Sing in me, Muse".