The EC Golden Hornet Band 
Band Directors



     Mr. James Benton graduated from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor in Music degree with an emphasis in teaching in 2004 and from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA with a Masters of Music degree in Performance in 2007. While in high school Mr. Benton was a member of the All-Region band, Area band, first alternate to the All-State band, and was awarded the John Philip Sousa Outstanding Musician Award.

     Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Benton marched with the Phantom Regiment, a consistent DCI World Finalist. After graduating from WTAMU, Mr. Benton also taught on staff with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005.

     Mr. Benton has served as an assistant band director at Midland High School, Director of Bands at Corrigan-Camden ISD, and Director of Bands at Columbus Junior High School. And most recently, he was the Assistant Band Director at Floresville High School.

     His professional affiliations include the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Association for Texas Small School Bands, the International Tuba Euphonium Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternities.  

James Benton   210-581-1311



Mr. Garza instructs the jazz band and oversees the percussion activities for the East Central ISD.

Before becoming a band director, Mr. Garza served as a percussion consultant and kept a private lesson studio, along with teaching middle school and high school percussion classes and marching percussion in the San Antonio area.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Texas State University-San Marcos where he was a member of the Bobcat Marching Band, PASIC Drumline, Salsa Del Rio Latin-Jazz Ensemble, the Panorama Steel Drum Band, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Mr. Garza’s professional memberships include Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and he is an endorser for Innovative Percussion, Inc.

Ron Garza   210-581-1172



 Mrs. Monica Aynes is originally from Corpus Christi, Tx and graduated from Flour Bluff High School. During her time at Flour Bluff she became an All-State clarinetist and was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award. Mrs. Aynes graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor's degree in music education with an emphasis in instrumental music and is currently working on her master's degree in music education from Boston University.  
             During her time at Baylor University, Mrs. Aynes was a member of the Symphonic Band and Golden Wave Marching Band where she played clarinet her freshman year and alto saxophone her sophomore year.
             Mrs. Aynes has served as an assistant band director at McNair Middle School for her first three years of teaching. Her responsibilities included directing the McNair concert Band, teaching beginner flute, clarinet, double reeds, and percussion. Under the direction of Mrs. Aynes, the 2015 McNair Middle School Concert Band earned the sweepstakes award at UIL Concert and Sightreading contest for the first time in school history.
Aside from her passion for music and teaching, Mrs. Aynes enjoys going to basketball and football games with her husband or spending time at home with their golden retriever Baylee.




Mr. Esperiqueta began playing trombone in the St. Luke's Catholic School Band.  He continued onto the Mighty Button Band at Central Catholic High School under the direction of Mr. Arnoldo Garza.  After high school graduation, Thomas attended Boston College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music.  In college, Thomas participated in Marching Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Choir. He had many opportunities to travel around the nation and Europe with these musical organizations.

After graduation he returned to San Antonio and attended the University of Texas at San Antonio for his Teacher Certification.  During this time, Thomas began teaching Colorguard at Central Catholic High School, Providence High School, McCollum High School, Boerne High School, O'Connor High School, and Alamo Heights High School. A few of his teams became State Champions with the Texas Educational Colorguard Association.

Mr. Esperiqueta went onboard with the San Antonio Independent School District in the Fall of 2004 as Band Director at Page Middle School where he spent 2 years.  He spent 1 year at Rhodes Middle School before moving on to Burbank High School in 2007.  During his tenure at Burbank he has built a Colorguard program, Mariachi program and International Baccalaureate Music class.

Mr. Esperiqueta is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Educational Colorguard Association and the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers. 

On the side he runs a business, Marching Solutions, that helps other band directors with colorguard choreography, colorguard design, marching band drill and Winterguard design.  He enjoys spending time with family, friends and his two dogs, Trombone and Laquinta.

Thomas Esperiqueta  


The Band Boosters would like to thank all of our Band Directors for their continuous hard work and the many hours involved in teaching these band students.

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