Daniel Villanueva,

Director of Bands

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.

Abel Cuevas,

Director of Percussion

Originally from Galveston, Texas, Abel Cuevas has been active as a multi-instrumentalist since the age of eleven. Throughout his career Abel has performed and recorded with some of the most admired and influential artists in popular, contemporary, symphonic and world music genres. Abel remains highly active as a freelance drummer, percussionist, and keyboardist, working with a multitude of regional and international artists and organizations.

Having worked with a wide range of institutions and individuals, music education has long been at the forefront of his professional and personal endeavors. He currently serves as the marching percussion specialist and arranger for the University of New Mexico in addition to service as a clinician, adjudicator and consultant for multiple schools throughout the state. Abel actively teaches private lessons with former students having gone on to study music at colleges and conservatories, compete in DCI and WGI, teach both publicly and privately, and perform professionally throughout the world. Whether one desire to work toward a career in music or simply experience the joy of playing music, Abel intuitively embraces the creative process as a means to help his students realize their individual goals.

Katie Rose Hand,

Marching Assistant

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.