Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mr. Villanueva has traveled extensively across the United States to study, teach, and perform. In 2011 and 2012 he was chosen as one of two New Mexico representatives to play Horn for the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute hosted at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Daniel returned as a staff member and conducted a performance of Stravinsky's Soldiers Tale for a Kennedy Center Millennium Stage performance. Since 2015 he has worked as a music educator and conductor in both Texas and New Mexico teaching marching band, concert band, and jazz band at the High School level. After beginning his teaching career as an Assistant Director with the Westlake Chap Band in Austin, TX Mr. Villanueva moved south in Texas spending three years at Simon Rivera High School in Brownsville, TX. In 2019 he returned to New Mexico as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of New Mexico, recently graduating with a Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting. Daniel is incredibly excited to be working with the wonderful students of the Volcano Vista Hawk Band.
Katie Rose Hand is a trombonist from North Carolina where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of North Carolina in 2019. While at UNC, Katie Rose was a drum major for the Marching Tar Heels, and she was heavily involved in leadership within the band and music department. Since then, Katie Rose has worked as a fellow with ArtistYear, an AmeriCorps organization dedicated to placing teaching-artists in underserved schools to bolster arts education. In her free time, Katie Rose can be found riding her bike, hiking with her husband Chris, or baking with the help of her two cats, Spoon and Lasagna.