Sonny Martinez, IHS Tiger Band class of 1984 (Trumpet) – Mr. Martinez is in his Third year as the Head Band Director at Timber Creek High School Band in the Keller School District and in his Twentieth year as a Band Director in the state of Texas. The Timber Creek Band is in its 3rd year of existence. Since its opening three years ago, the Timber Creek Band has already started a tradition of excellence by achieving a sweepstakes every year. The band recently achieved making finales in the Area “A” Marching contest. They were 1 band from making the state marching contest. Before coming to Timber Creek, Mr. Martinez has also taught in the Mansfield and HEB School Districts. Mr. Martinez has been involved with bands that have won a sweepstake for 17 consecutive years.
As the Assistant Director of Bands at Keller High School, he was the director of the Symphonic Band, which continued a tradition of first division ratings in concert and sight-reading contests.
During his tenure in Keller, the Keller band was named the 4A State Honor Band in 1998-1999 and placed 2nd in the 4A State Marching Contest in 1999. Under his direction, the Symphonic Band won “Best in Class” at the South Coast Music Festival in the spring of2001 and 2004, and the band was named Runner-up in 2002.
Previous to teaching at Keller, Mr. Martinez taught in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School District at Euless Jr. High School. While at Euless, Mr. Martinez increased the size of the band program from 110 students to over 500. The band also started a tradition of first division ratings at concert and sight-reading contest. In his last year at Euless, Mr. Martinez was named “Teacher of the Year.” He was also named to “America’s Who’s Who Among American School Teachers” for four consecutive years.
Mr. Martinez earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and an alumni member of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity. In 2008, Mr. Martinez was inducted into Phi Beta Mu honorary band director Fraternity. Mr. Martinez’s also an active adjudicator and clinician in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Mr. Martinez also serves as a one of the band directors at the University of Texas at Arlington band camps.