Raul Vasquez III: Originally from Seguin, Texas, Mr. Vasquez received a Bachelor of Music degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Mr. Vasquez is currently in his fifteenth year of teaching as a band director, twelve of which have been served in Humble ISD. Under the direction of Mr. Vasquez, the Sterling Middle School Honors Band received the first UIL Sweepstakes trophies in the schools history.
Mr. Vasquez’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association along with Texas Bandmasters Association. While at SHSU, Mr. Vasquez also served as a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the honorary band service fraternity.
Mr. Vasquez lives in the area along with his children and is a proud member of the Humble community.
Jennifer Leon is in her fourth year of teaching at RSMS and 16th year of teaching band. She previously taught at Riverwood Middle School in Humble ISD. Mrs. Leon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she studied clarinet with Jan Scott and was Drum Major for the Pride of McNeese Marching Band for two years. While at McNeese State, she played Bb and Eb Clarinet with the Lake Charles Symphony. She earned a Master’s Degree in Music from the prestigious University of North Texas College of Music, where she studied clarinet with James Gillespie and has a secondary concentration in conducting under the leadership of Dennis Fisher. There she also attended the Conducting Collegium with Eugene Corporon and Jack Stamp.
At Sterling Middle School, Mrs. Leon teaches the beginning Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone and Oboe and Bassoon classes as well as directs the Symphonic Band. Mrs. Leon bands have consistently earned Sweepstakes ratings at UIL and various festivals around the state of Texas. Under her direction, the Sterling Middle School Symphonic Band earned its first Sweepstakes award in the school's history. Her bands have been selected as Best in Class and Outstanding in Class at festivals such as the Space City Showcase of Music, Schlitterbahn Soundwaves Festivals, the Gator Music Festival and the Spring Splashtown Festival. She has been a clinician and judge around the states of Texas and Louisiana for Pre-UIL concerts, Solo and Ensemble contests and marching festivals.
Mrs. Leon is from Louisiana and followed in the footsteps of her father, a band director of 41 years. She is married to Erik, a band director at Waltrip High School and her greatest joy is their three children – Aiden, Joshua and Anna Claire.
Angel Flores is in his first year at Ross Sterling middle school as an Assistant Band Director. He was raised in San Antonio Texas where he started his band career as a freshman in High School. He is now a Music Educator who specializes in Percussion. He obtained his Bachelors of Music Education at McNeese State University in 2019. While at McNeese State he participated in many of the ensembles offered to students. He participated in the Institutions top Wind Symphony ensemble, where they performed and recruited all over Louisiana and South East Texas on trips as well as a performance at LMEA in 2017. He has participated in The Pride of McNeese Marching band where they too have also traveled and recruited in state and out of state High Schools. In the 2017/2018 season The Pride of McNeese had the opportunity to march in the New Year’s Day Parade in London, performing in front of millions on the British Broadcasting Channel. He participated in the McNeese Chamber Percussion Ensemble, Steel band ensemble, and their World Percussion ensemble with Clinician visits from Dr. Eric Heines, Dr. Michael Vercelli and Dr. Joshua Dekaney. He studied under the direction of Dr. Lonny Benoit; Head of the department of Music at McNeese State University, and Dr. Gustavo Miranda who is the Percussion studio director at Nicholl’s State University. While at McNeese State he has also participated in clinics and professional development opportunities such as the Louisiana Day of Percussion held by the PAS chapter of Louisiana, PASIC in San Antonio Texas in 2015 and TMEA convention also held in San Antonio. Mr. Flores has also been a member of the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2017 Season in Open Class DCI. Mr. Flores lives now in Rosenberg Texas and has a beautiful one-year old son Jackson.