Meet your 2018 Graduate Assistant!
UTSA GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT
Roland Sandoval studied Music Education at Texas Lutheran University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a recipient of a Masters Degree in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University. He has been a Texas band director in the award-winning programs in the Kingsville and Hondo ISD's. He returned to San Antonio as a band director at John Jay HS. Roland is currently serving as the Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at San Antonio's Department of Music. For twenty years he served as the Associate and Director of Bands at Sandra Day O'Connor High School in the Northside School District. His duties included serving as Associate Conductor of all 4 concert bands, 2 jazz ensembles & jazz combo. He has also been the music arranger and drill designer for the award winning 350 member O'Connor "Panther" Marching Band.
Roland has been on the summer faculty of several band, leadership and drum major camps. His service includes being the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All State Concert Bands saxophone section teacher for 4 years and from 2003-2014 he was the Organizer for the TMEA All State Jazz Ensemble. He has been the Vice President of the TMEA Region 11 and served as Jazz Division Chairman for TMEA Region 11/29 for 20 years. He served as President of Region 11 for 12 years. From 2003-2009 Mr. Sandoval was the Vice President of the Texas Chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education and just finished his term as a Director of the Texas Jazz Educators Association (TJEA). Roland continues to be active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas in the marching, jazz, and concert arenas. He has been selected as a TMEA All Region Conductor/Clinician/UIL Judge in Region 5, 9, 12, 14, 15, 22, 26, 28, 32, ATSSB Region 11 & 12, and for the SAISD All Region Concert & Jazz All City Bands.
Concert bands, jazz ensembles and marching bands that Mr. Sandoval has been associated with have consistently earned UIL "Sweepstakes" honors for 28 years including superior ratings and Best In Class Honors at various festivals throughout Texas. Significant honors include the 2007, 2009 OHS Jazz Ensemble I & Combo being invited and featured at the North Texas Jazz Festival in Denton Texas, the 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, & 2015 O’Connor Symphonic Winds being selected as the TMEA Region 11 Honor Band winner and Area Finalist and the 2008, 2010, 2012 & 2014 O’Connor “Panther” Marching Band qualifying for the UIL 5A & 6A Texas State Marching Band Contest. In 2014 the Panther Marching Band was the UIL Area G Marching Champions. The O’Connor Band and Jazz Ensemble have also served as a demonstration ensemble at both TMEA & TBA Conventions. Roland also continues to perform professionally throughout the San Antonio area. His professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, TMAA, TJEA, PASIC, Who's Who Among American Teachers, and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity. He is a proud 2009 Inductee of Phi Beta Mu. In 2015 Mr. Sandoval was elected to the State Board of Directors of the Texas Bandmasters Association. Mr. Sandoval was named the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Department of Music Alumnus of the Year for 2015-2016 by the UTSA music faculty.