The EC Golden Hornet Band 
San Antonio, TX
Band Directors



Mr. Snider was born in Kermit, Texas.  He graduated from Odessa High School where he was a member of the Odessa High School Broncho Band under the direction of Bill Dean.  He played the trumpet as a member of the All-State Symphony in his senior year. 

Mr. Snider received his Bachelor of Music Education from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.  He studied conducting techniques with Eddie Green at East Texas State University and with Dr. Eugene Coupran at the University of North Texas.

Mr. Snider has helped to develop the musical talents of students across Texas.  His teaching career includes:


Band Director

Alamo Junior High School, Midland, TX

Band Director

Copperas Cove Junior High, Copperas Cove, TX

Music Supervisor and Head Band Director

Copperas Cove High School, Copperas Cove, TX

Band Director

Palo Alto Middle School, Killeen, TX

Music Supervisor and Head Band Director

LaPorte High School, LaPorte, TX

Band Director and Fine Arts Chair

Shoemaker High School, Killeen, TX

Director of Bands and Head Director

Fredericksburg High School, Fredericksburg, TX

He is now educating the students of the Golden Hornet Band at East Central High School as Director of Bands and Head Band Director.

Mr. Snider’s professional memberships include Association of Texas Professional Educators, Texas Band Masters Association, Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Music Adjudicator Association. 

James Snider   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


Ashley Roberts received her bachelors degree in music performance from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Dr. Christina Guenther. While living in East Texas, Ms. Roberts was an active flute teacher and performer in the Nacogdoches community. She held the position of 3rd flute and piccolo in the former regional Orchestra of the Pines from 2008-2009. In 2011, Ms. Roberts completed her masters in flute performance under affiliate artist of flute Jennifer Keeney at the University of Houston.

Ms. Roberts has toured with groups throughout Texas and performed with ensembles at the Texas Music Educators Association, Louisiana Music Educators Association, and Colorado Music Educators Association Conventions. As a member of the UH Wind Ensemble, she had the opportunity to record a CD for Naxos, Symphonies for Wind Bands, in 2011.

After completing her Masters at the University of Houston, Ms. Roberts obtained her teaching certification in the fall of 2011. The following spring, she was hired as the adjunct beginner flute teacher at Victory Lakes Intermediate School in League City, TX. While living in Houston, Ms. Roberts taught private flute lessons and master classes throughout the greater Southeast Houston area. In 2013, she became an Assistant Band Director at East Central High School in San Antonio, TX.

Ms. Roberts is a member of the Houston Flute Club, National Flute Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association. Ms. Roberts lives in San Antonio with her husband and two furry family members, dog Brody and cat Piper.

Ashley Roberts



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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