Performing & Visual Arts

A student's education is greatly impacted through study, participation and performance in the arts.

Who are we?

Vision Statement

The Texas City ISD Performing & Visual Arts Department will identify and nurture each individual’s artistic talents to the fullest and develop a strong sense of personal pride in the hearts and minds of all TCISD students. This will be accomplished by providing creative stimulation, personal enrichment, and cultural appreciation outside of the academic world and the traditional classroom setting. Our performing & visual arts programs will broaden students' horizons with the rich history and ethnic culture of various artistic genres.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas City ISD Performing & Visual Arts Department is to provide a curriculum that is aligned, assessed and performance-based in performing and visual arts. We will maximize learning through performance and exhibition in order to create an atmosphere of success where all students will reach their highest potential. We will also develop a strong work ethic which will transfer to academics, athletics and career choices.


The Performing and Visual Arts programs include: art, band, choir, dance, general music and theater. Opportunities for participation in the performing & visual arts are available at every school.

About our Director

Joseph Figarelli
Mr. Joseph Figarelli enjoys motivating young students to reach their highest level of performance. Mr. Figarelli, who was most recently the Director of Bands for Coakley Middle School in Harlingen, Texas, has been a band director for 16 years. He previously taught junior high and high school bands in the Mercedes and Rio Hondo Independent School Districts. As Mr. Figarelli’s career progressed, his bands have consistently ranked among the best in all of South Texas. Mr. Figarelli graduated from H.M. King High School in Kingsville, Texas where he developed a true love for music. He received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and continued on to earn a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University – Kingsville.

During his first years of teaching, Mr. Figarelli directed the Rio Hondo Junior High Symphonic Band to achieve the honor of “Best Concert Performance of a Selection” in the 1998 ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series Competition. After this competition, Mr. Figarelli accepted the position of “Director of Bands” at Coakley Middle School in Harlingen, Texas. Under his leadership, the Coakley Symphonic Band has received numerous accolades including being named the Class CC Texas State Honor Band in 2004 and 2008. Most recently, the band was named National Winner of the National Wind Band Honors competition. They have had many notable accomplishments including UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest Sweepstakes awards, several “Best in Class” Awards at Texas band festivals, and in 2002 they were selected as a TMEA Honor Band finalist. Another group at Coakley, the Coakley Jazz Band I, was started and developed by Mr. Figarelli in 1998 and has become one of the premier middle school jazz bands in South Texas. The Jazz Band has won multiple competitions over the years, including the Texas A&M – Kingsville Jazz Festival, Rio Fest Jazz Festival, West Oso Jazz Festival, and University of Houston Jazz Festival.

Mr. Figarelli has served as a clinician and judge for numerous regions throughout Texas and was also the Region XV Junior High Coordinator from 2000-2002. His professional affiliations include: Kappa Kappa Psi, Texas Art Education Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Dance Educators Association, Texas Educational Theatre Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Educators Association. In 2004, he was recognized as a Region I Education Service Center, “Teacher of the Year”. Along with his work, Mr. Figarelli enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He is the proud father of two beautiful children: Sophia and Joseph.