Assistant Band Director
Mr. Briones 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, Mr. Briones performed in many ensembles, including Steel Band, Gin Daiko, Longhorn Band, and Percussion Ensemble. Under the direction of Jerry Junkin, Mr. Briones was a member of the Wind Ensemble during their European Tour of John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus in 2008.
After graduating in 2010, Mr. Briones entered into the Master’s Program at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Michael Burritt, Chip Ross, and Bill Chan. During his time at Eastman, Mr. Briones taught lessons, coached percussion ensemble, and performed with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in 2011.
After graduating in 2012, Mr. Briones moved to San Antonio, TX to become a freelance music performer and educator. So far, Mr. Briones’ private students performed in the All-State Ensembles at TMEA, received multiple Outstanding Soloist Awards at TSSEC, and have received second place in the PAS High School Marimba Competition and Great Plains Marimba Competition. Through Mr. Briones’ time at Brennan High School, highlights include the Percussion Section selected as a Featured Ensemble at the Music For All Festival in 2020, and winner of the International Percussion Ensemble Contest at PASIC 2017 in Indianapolis.