band festival



The Harlandale High School Band Festival is hosted by the Harlandale Band Boosters and Harlandale Band Staff at Harlandale Memorial Stadium. We strive to provide an educational and rewarding experience for all those involved.


Entry Fee: $225.00

Easy Access to Parking and Warm-up Areas.
Concessions will be available.
Bands compete in FOUR divisions according to UIL classifications
(3A & Below, 4A, 5A and 6A).
Each band will receive a DVD video of their performance and written/taped
comments from 3 Band Judges, 1 Color Guard Judge, and 1 on-field Percussion
Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division.
Each classification will have awards for Best Woodwind Line, Best Brass
Line, Best Drumline, Best Drum Major, and Best Guard.

We hope to see you there!!!


Judging Music and Marching

Bob Howard
Bob Howard is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He graduated as a percussionist from South San Antonio High School in 1969. As an Army bandsman from 1970-1973, Mr. Howard attended the Army-Navy School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia and performed as a member of the 5th Army Band stationed at Fort Sam Houston. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. At UTSA, he served for two years as the student conductor of the university’s wind ensemble. Mr. Howard also played professionally in the San Antonio area for many years, performing with Moe Bandy, the Al Sturchio Orchestra, the Felix Solis Orchestra, and Tears of Joy among others.

Mr. Howard retired as a band director in 2011. His teaching career included ten years at Randolph High School, four years at Floresville High School, and 17 years at Hondo High School. His bands consistently earned UIL sweepstakes awards, and his marching bands repeatedly earned honors at competitions throughout south and central Texas.

Mr. Howard is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He is an active UIL judge in both concert and marching, and serves on judging panels for many invitational contests. Mr. Howard also works as a clinician throughout the state.

Christopher Barrera

Christopher M. Barrera joined the Leal Band Program in the summer of 2014. He is currently in his 11th year of teaching and 1st year as Director of Bands at Leal Middle School. Prior to joining Harlandale ISD Mr. Barrera was an associate director at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas for 6 years. While at Lehman, He was co-director of the Lobo Marching Band and was the sole conductor for the Symphonic band (Non-Varsity) during his tenure. Mr. Barrera previously held the position of assistant band director at Rayburn Middle School in San Antonio for 2 years and was also an assistant band director at Victoria Memorial High School in Victoria, TX for 2 years.

Mr. Barrera received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. While attending UT he studied trumpet with Ray Crisara and Ray Sasaki and earned his “horns” as a member of The Longhorn Band for 5 years of participation. Mr. Barrera is a Former Marching Member of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps during the 1997 and 1998 summers. He spent some time away from the activity and later rejoined The Cavaliers as member of the visual staff for the 2003-2005 seasons. He is a member of TMEA, TBA, and alumnus of the Zeta Psi fraternity.

John Goforth

Judging Percussion:

Brian Ruiz

Brian Ruiz, a San Antonio native, began his music education in 1987 by taking piano lessons from Mitzi Ruttan. He is a product of our very own Northside Independent School District having attended Carlos Coon E.S., Pease M.S., and Oliver Wendell Holmes H.S. It was here that he decided to become a music educator himself. Some of his most influential teachers include Mr. John King, Dr. Abel Ramirez, and Dr. Carl Lobitz, all of whom had a deep impact on his music studies. After graduation in 1995, he enrolled as an undergraduate music student at the University of Texas at San Antonio under Dr. Robert Rustowicz, Dr. Kenneth Williams, and Dr. Sherry Rubins. During this time, Mr. Ruiz was a percussion instructor at several schools including Memorial H.S., Southside H.S., and later William Howard Taft H.S. Upon completion of his bachelors degree, Mr. Ruiz quickly got his first job in the Rio Grande Valley at Mercedes H.S. in Mercedes,TX. After 2 years there, he later returned to Taft H.S, this time as an Associate Director under Mr. Daniel Solis.
Currently, he is Head Band Director at Robert Vale Middle School. Some of Mr. Ruiz’s accomplishments include being part of an award winning drumline and percussion ensemble and conducting UIL sweepstakes bands.
Mr. Ruiz takes is deeply humbled by his student’s achievements very much and is very active in his students’ academic lives. He hopes that the students will take away much more than just music from its band program, including—but not limited to—discipline, integrity, courage, and a strong will to persevere. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Leonore and 2 kids, Matthew (10 y/o) and Daniel (1 y/0). He also enjoys playing golf, writing music, and playing with his dog “Rimshot”.

Judging Colorguard and Drum Majors

Raymond Ramirez

Raymond Ramirez is a graduate of South San Antonio High School. Raymond was part of the Bobcat band and Main Event color guard from 2002-2006. He marched two years with the Revolution Drum and Bugle Corp 2008-2009 in their production “Elevation” and “Elemental”.

In 2012, Raymond was the rifle tech at Revolution Drum and Bugle corps for their production “Shattered”. In 2013, Raymond became part of the Genesis Drum and Bugle corps family as the rifle tech for their production “mOZaic” and was the color guard assistant caption head for the 2014 season “Art of Darkness”.

Currently, Raymond resides in San Antonio, where he is the color guard director at both Harlandale High School and Robert E. Lee High School.


We hope to see you there!!!





  4002 Roosevelt  
San Antonio, Texas 78214