Our Directors

Mr. Martinez-EHS Head Band Director

Email: armando.martinez@elginisd.net
Phone: (512) 281-9879

Mr. Martinez is currently in his 14th year as a Texas music educator. Mr. Martinez is a native of Seguin, TX and received his Bachelor's of Music from the School of Music at Texas State University in 2007. Mr. Martinez was inspired to become a band director by his high school band director Dr. Mark Waymire. Mr. Martinez follows the lead of Dr. Waymire by wanting the band to be a positive force in every student’s life, and for students to become better people and musicians while being in the Elgin High School Wildcat Band.

While at Texas State, Mr. Martinez studied euphonium with Mr. Raul Rodriguez, marched with the Texas State University Bobcat Marching Band from 2001-2004, was a marching member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2003-2005. Mr. Martinez was a visual instructor for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, and Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Martinez taught in Gonzales I.S.D., Hays C.I.S.D., served as Assistant Director for 4 years at Elgin High School, and currently serves as Head Band Director at Elgin High School.

 

Mr. Martinez is a member of Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association. Mr. Martinez lives in Elgin with his beautiful wife Danielle, their two beautiful daughters, Alaina and Amaya, and cat Jade.

Ms. Keller-Fine Arts Director/EHS Assistant Band Director

Email: alyson.keller@elginisd.net
Phone: (512) 281-3438 ext. 1120

Ms. Keller currently serves Elgin ISD as Fine Arts Director, Fine Arts Department Chair, and Assistant Band Director of the Elgin HS Band. Prior to joining Elgin ISD, Ms. Keller taught in Plano, Frisco and Pflugerville ISD. Ms. Keller’s ensembles have enjoyed accolades such as earning consistent “superior” ratings, multiple “Best in Class” designations at local and national contests, earning 3rd place in the TMEA State Honor Band Competition, performing at the Midwest Band and Orchestra in 2010, and being named a National Award Winner with the Foundation for Music Education Wind Band Honors Project.

 

In addition to loving teaching and being in the classroom, Ms. Keller serves as adjunct faculty for the University of North Texas supervising student teachers in the Central Texas area.  She also serves as an active adjudicator and clinician across the state and maintains professional memberships in Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, and Texas Bandmasters Association. 

Ms. Keller earned her Bachelor's of Music Education from Indiana University – Bloomington, where she studied with Professor Ray E. Cramer, Professor Stephen W. Pratt, and Edmund Cord (trumpet).  Her Master’s Degree in Music Education is from the University of North Texas where she also served as a Teaching Fellow in Brass Pedagogy, and enjoyed a brief stint in Brass Theatre long ago (the precursor to Blast!)

 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family (both human and furry!).

Mr. Montemayor-Percussion Director

Mr. Montemayor has served as the director of percussion for the Elgin bands since 2012. He was born, attended school, and resides in Elgin. Christopher attended Blinn College and Southwest Texas State University on music and academic scholarships. During college Mr. Montemayor was a member of the music staff of the Elgin High School band and contributed to Elgin HS winning 3A TMEA Honor Band and performing an Honor Band concert at the TMEA convention. For almost 30 years Mr. Montemayor has worked as a percussion private lesson teacher, marching band music arranger, clinician and professional musician. His teaching experience includes 3 years at Lanier HS, 1 year at McCallum HS, 7 years at Dripping Springs HS, 7 years at Taylor HS, and 9 years at Elgin HS. During the same time period he also wrote music and taught at Lockhart HS, Luling HS, Thomas Jefferson HS, Del Valle HS and several other central Texas schools. Programs he assisted with have won numerous percussion awards and four of the shows he helped to design and arrange were participants in the TMEA Texas State marching band championships. Chris was a front ensemble instructor for Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps, Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps and Imperial Percussion Theater which was a finalist in WGI Independent World competition. Mr. Montemayor is the Principal of Percussion for the Austin Cinematic Symphony, a group dedicated to performing music of films and digital media, has participated in several soundtrack recordings and as a member of the touring edition of Video Games Live. 

 

When not working, Mr. Montemayor enjoys traveling with his wife Marlo, petting his dog Jackson and doing Astrophotography. He has a son, Gabriel, who was a member of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle corps.

Email: christopher.montemayor@elginisd.net
Phone: (512) 281-9879

Ms. Baaklini-EMS Head Band Director

Email: jillian.baaklini@elginisd.net
Phone: (512) 281-3382 ext. 1519

Ms. Baaklini is currently the director of bands at Elgin Middle School and in her 12th year of teaching and her 9th at EMS. Ms. Baaklini has served as an assistant director not only in Elgin ISD, but also in Rusk ISD where she began her career. She currently teaches beginning Horn and Alto Saxophone as well as directs the 8th grade varsity band. She is a 2008 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music. While there, she performed in the university bands under Mr. Fred J. Allen and Dr. David W. Campo on Horn. Ms. Baaklini is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma and an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

 

In her free time she continues to perform and play horn with the Austin Symphonic band, spend time with her family, and run in and train for marathons. Currently Ms. Baaklini has ran 4 marathons that include the Chicago and New York City Marathons. Her goal is to run all 6 world majors and one day complete the Austin Distance Challenge.

Ms. Anderson-EMS Assistant Band Director

Email: melissa.anderson@elginisd.net
Phone: (512) 281-3382 ext. 1518

Ms. Anderson is currently the assistant director at Elgin Middle School. She is in her fourth year of  teaching, all of which have been at EMS. She currently teaches beginning flute, oboe, and bassoon as well as assisting with the concert ensembles at the middle school.

 

Ms. Anderson began her journey into band in the fall of 2006 as a member of the Rockport-Fulton Middle School beginning band. It was something that she enjoyed immensely, and she made the realization that she wanted to teach band midway though her eighth grade year. As she continued through her schooling into high school, this desire only grew.

 

After graduating high school in 2013, Ms. Anderson attended Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX following into the footsteps of one of her high school band directors. While there, she studied under Professor Bronk and performed in both the Wind Ensemble of Symphonic Bands, as well as the TLU flute choir, TLU women’s choir, and TLU orchestra. She graduated from Texas Lutheran University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Music. During this time, she also taught private lessons and master classes at Briesemeister Middle School and was a counselor for the TLU Summer Music Academy.  

 

When Ms. Anderson is not at school she still enjoys performing, most recently with the Auston Cinematic Symphony. She also enjoys getting to spend time with friends, her cat Tempest, doing most anything crafty or creative.   

Mr. Gorden-EIS Band Director

Hey everyone! I am Mr. Gorden, the Band Director at Elgin Intermediate School. I am a transplanted Texan, having been born in New York (many years ago), grew up in New Mexico and finally moved to Texas in 1997. I graduated from HS in 1985 having been successful in academics, basketball, and band. I started college trying to become an architect, wanting to change the world one building at a time. After two years of engineering/architecture studies in college, I realized that something was missing and a career in education was calling my name, so I changed majors after those two years and entered the program in the College of Education. I graduated with my Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education in 1993 from the University of New Mexico. I got my first teaching assignment in 1996 as a math and social studies teacher at a behavioral hospital in Albuquerque, NM. Still having a sense of something missing, I went back to school and received full endorsements to teach all-levels of music. I got my first music teaching job in 1997 in the small town of Chaparral, NM just north of El Paso, TX. Three short years later, my (then) pregnant wife and I moved to Castroville, TX near San Antonio. We stayed in that town up until 2019. While there I taught one year in Lytle, 12 years in D'Hanis, 4 years in Medina Valley (Castroville) and one year in Del Rio.

 

I have taught everything from Pre-K music all the way up through being the head director of a high school program for 12 years. I am now in my second year in Elgin and loving every bit of it. 2021 marks the end of my 24th year of teaching. I look forward to many more years here in Elgin trying to give students the same love of band and music as I have had.

 

My wife and I have been married for 25 years and have one son, Philip Jr., who is finishing his second year at UT in Austin.

Email: philip.gorden@elginisd.net
Phone: (512) 281-9701 ext. 1742