Mr. Martinez

Mr. Martinez is currently in his 10th year as a Texas Music Educator.  Mr. Martinez is a native of Seguin, Texas and received his Bachelors 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 band to be positive force in every student’s life, and for students to become better people and musicians while being in the Elgin High School Band.

 While at Texas State, Mr. Martinez studied euphonium with 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 at North Avenue Intermediate for 1 year in Gonzales I.S.D., Wallace Middle School for 4 years in 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. While at Elgin High School, the Wildcat Marching Band earned first division rating in 2013 and 2015 advancing on to Area D Marching Contest those years. Mr. Martinez also assisted with the Elgin High School Wind Ensemble receiving superior ratings at U.I.L. Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluations in 2013 and 2015.

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, and their pets Star, Jade, and Oreo.


Ms. Baaklini - Middle School Band Director

Ms. Baaklini is a 2008 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor 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- Honorary Music Sorority, and an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi- Honorary Music Fraternity. She is currently in her 9th year of teaching and her 6th at Elgin Middle School where she is the director of the Symphonic band and beginning Horn and Alto Saxophone classes. 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.

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Mrs. Keller

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 Educator’s Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, and Texas Bandmaster’s Association. 

Ms. Keller earned her Bachelor 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!).

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