The La Marque High School COUGAR Band



D. Quintana: Director of Bands

Daniel Quintana is proud to be the Director of Bands at The La Marque High School. Daniel oversees all activity from 6th grade beginner band at La Marque Middle School through all grade levels at The La Marque High School. Prior to coming to La Marque, he served for three years as the Associate Director of Bands at Lyndon B. Johnson High School in Laredo, TX. While at Lyndon B. Johnson HS, Daniel instructed all woodwind activity and was the Director of the Mariachi Monumental during his last year there. He was also the sponsor for all Colorguard and Winterguard activities.

During his first two years at The La Marque High School, Daniel and his staff have provided each student with the right tools for success. Both LMHS and LMMS have had success in both Region and Solo and Ensemble contests. Daniel has had the opportunity to start up the La Marque Cougar Jazz Ensemble and is excited to take this group to contest for the first time in the 2018-2019 school year.

Daniel received his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Texas A&M University - Kingsville. While at A&M - Kingsville, Daniel studied flute with Dr. Naomi Seidman, current Professor of Flute at Penn State University. While at A&M - Kingsville, Daniel served as the Drum Major in The Pride of South Texas, Javelina Marching Band. In addition to performing with numerous ensembles at A&M - Kingsville, Daniel was a member of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra. Daniel also studied conducting with Dr. Brian Shelton, current Director of Bands at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

Daniel is a two time TMEA Texas All-State Musician, and has performed multiple times at the TMEA Convention held in San Antonio, Texas. His affiliations include, Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

T. Briones: Asst. Band Director - The La Marque High School

Tim pursued his Bachelors in Music Education at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Thomas Burritt and Tony Edwards. While at UT, Tim performed in many ensembles, including Steel Band, Gin Daiko, Longhorn Band, and Percussion Ensemble. Under the direction of Jerry Junkin, Tim was a member of the Wind Ensemble during their European Tour of John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus in 2008.
After graduating in 2010, Tim entered into the Masters Program at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Michael Burritt, Chip Ross, and Bill Chan. During his time at Eastman, Tim taught lessons, coached percussion ensemble, and performed with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in 2011.
After graduating in 2012, Tim Briones moved to San Antonio, TX to become a freelance music performer and educator. So far, Tim’s private students performed in the All-Sate Ensembles at TMEA, received multiple Outstanding Soloist Awards at TSSEC, and have received second place in the PAS High School Marimba Competition. While in San Antonio, Tim was also the Percussion Assistant Director at William J. Brennan High School, where the Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform a showcase concert in Indianapolis at PASIC 2017.

A. Hedrick: Band Director - La Marque Middle School

Andy Hedrick is a native of Katy, TX and received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. While attending McNeese, Mr. Hedrick studied trumpet with Dave Scott and performed with many ensembles including the McNeese Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Latin Jazz, Trumpet Ensemble, and Brass Quintet, as well as being a soloist for The Pride of McNeese Marching Band. Mr. Hedrick has also had the pleasure to march for The Madison Scouts in 2014.

Mr. Hedrick studied conducting under Dr. Jay Jacobs and Dr. Jeffrey Lemke while attending McNeese and also conducted University ensembles. Other teachers Mr. Hedrick has had the pleasure of learning from include Brad Green, Donnie VanDoren, Evan VanDoren, Eddie Falcon, Damon Archer, Nick Williams, Nicholas Monzi, and Blake Daughtrey. Mr. Hedrick was also given the opportunity to conduct the EBHS 7th grade band at the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Festival Assessment during his student teaching experience.

Mr. Hedrick is excited to continue the success at both La Marque HS and La Marque MS and will continue to lead all brass studies within the La Marque music programs. Mr. Hedrick is also affiliated with the Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.



This past weekend, the La Marque Cougar Jazz Ensemble had the opportunity to travel to San Antonio, TX. to perform at the Music in the Parks Festival.

I am proud to announce that the Cougar Jazz Ensemble received SUPERIOR ratings from the judges, putting them in 1st Place in the Jazz Ensemble category.

Matthew Lewis: Tenor Saxophone, received an individual award for OVERALL JAZZ SOLOIST.

Also, after reviewing all of the scores from the entire day, our band had a score of 93.50, putting them on top in the entire contest.


Congratulations, COUGAR Marching Band

This past weekend, The La Marque High School COUGAR Marching Band had the opportunity to travel to Lake Charles, LA. To compete at the 2018 Toyota Gulf Coast Marching Band Championship held at McNeese State University. In total, 19 bands took the field Saturday evening to receive ratings and critique from five judges. Ratings were considered based on General Effect, Color Guard, Percussion, Visual Effect, and Ensemble Music.

I am proud to announce that the COUGAR marching band had one of their best performances yet, and received EXCELLENT ratings from all five judges!

“I really enjoyed your performance! I really do understand the challenges of being in a small band program, but you are doing very well with those challenges.” – Nikki Gross: Assistant Director of Bands at Auburn University

This great accomplishment comes just one week after the band traveled to Edna, TX. to compete at the Edna Cowboy Invitational, and just three weeks from when the band took 1st place at the USBands Baytown Showcase.

The band staff at La Marque would like to thank Joseph Figarelli, Director of Performing and Visual Arts for all of his support and guidance. We’d also like to thank all administrative staff at both La Marque Middle School and The La Marque High School for providing these programs with the great tools needed to grow. Lastly, we’d like to thank all teachers, parents and community members for their continuous love and support.

Director of Bands for The La Marque High School is Daniel Quintana

Assistant Band Director is Tim Briones

Director of Bands for La Marque Middle School is Andy Hedrick

News and Information

Letter Jacket Requirements

Letter Jacket Calculation Worksheet
Student Name: _________________________________
Current Grade Level: __________
Yes No Points
All Region Band (3 points)
All Region Jazz Band (3 points)
All District Band (2 points)
Freshman All Region Band (1 point)
Area Audition (4 points)
All Region Orchestra (4 points)
All State Band, Orchestra, or Jazz Band (10 points)
Region Marching Contest (1 point)
Area Marching Contest (2 points)
State Marching Contest (4 points)
Concert and Sightreading Contest (1 point)
UIL Solo with First Division Rating
How many? __________
Class I (3 points)
Class II (3 points)
Class III (3 points)
UIL Solo with Second Division Rating
How many? __________
Class I (2 points)
Class II (2 points)
Class III (2 points)
UIL Ensemble with First Division Rating
Class I (3 points)
Class II (3 points)
Class III (3 points)
UIL Ensemble with Second Division Rating
Class I (2 points)
Class II (2 points)
Class III (2 points)
Jazz Band Member (3 points)
Jazz Band Festival (1 point)
Indoor Drumline (3 points)
Indoor Drumline State Contest
*Gold Medal (3 points)
*Silver Medal (2 points)
*Bronze Medal (1 point)
Winter Guard (3 points)
Winter Guard State
*Gold Medal (3 points)
*Silver Medal (2 points)
*Bronze Medal (1 point)
Student Signature: ________________________________________ Date: _______________
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Letter: ApprovedorDenied?