Mr. Luis Saldaña
Director of Bands | Luis.Saldana@fortbendisd.com
Mr. Saldaña comes to Ridge Point in 2017 from Wylie East High School located in Wylie, Texas. For the past four years, Mr. Saldana served as the Director of Bands at Wylie East High School and The Colony High School. Previous to those assignments, Mr. Saldana served eight years as the Assistant Director of Bands for the Hebron High School Band in Carrollton, Texas.
During his tenure at Wylie East and The Colony, the band programs made several strides towards excellence and high achievement. In addition to several 1st division and sweepstakes ratings at UIL Marching and UIL Concert Band Contests, The Colony High School Wind Symphony was selected in 2015 as a 5A National Winner for the “Mark of Excellence” National Wind Band Honors Contest for the first time in school history.
While at Hebron, he was privileged to have been part of an award winning band program which included the following achievements: three-time consecutive finalist in the Texas UIL State Marching Band Contest, taking second place in the 2012-2013 school year; performing as the TMEA 5A State Honor Band in 2011; finishing six times as a Super Regional Finalist in the Bands of America San Antonio; participating as a featured performing ensemble at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2009 and 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to these achievements, the band was also awarded the Sudler Shield and Sudler Flag from the John Sousa Foundation.
Mr. Saldaña graduated from the University of North Texas with a BM in Music Education and was a member of the euphonium studio under Dr. Brian L. Bowman. During his academic career at UNT, he had the privilege to perform in masterclasses with euphonium artists such as Mr. Steven Mead, Dr. Mitsuru Saito, Dr. Neal Corwell, Dr. Brian Meixner and Dr. Matt Tropman. He was a member of the UNT Symphonic and Concert Bands under the direction of Mr. Dennis Fisher and Dr. Nick Williams. During the 2002 and 2003 seasons, he served on the visual staff for the UNT Green Brigade Marching Band. In addition to the Green Brigade, he was also a member of the visual staff from 2002-2004 for the Marcus High School Band in Flower Mound, Texas. Luis has also taught private lessons for the Central Junior High School, Marcus High School and Richland High School Bands in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2004, He was a semi-finalist in the Artist Division of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival held at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.
An alumnus of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (Santa Clara, CA), Luis was a member of the euphonium section in 1999, 2000 and 2002 and served as Drum Major for the 2003 season. He has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington Drum Major Camp and currently serves on the instructional staff for the Texas A&M Commerce Drum Major Camp. Luis continues to be an active marching band and leadership clinician, and is excited to relocate to Missouri City, Texas!
Mr. Gregory Davis
firstname.lastname@example.org | Assistant Director of Bands
Mr. Davis is currently beginning his third year as Assistant Director of Bands at Ridge Point High School for the 2018-2019 school year, where he directs the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and co-directs the Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble.
He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied tuba with Dennis AsKew and conducting with John Locke. During his time studying at the university, he was the principal tubist of the UNCG Wind Ensemble. This included performances at the American Bandmasters Association Convention in 2011, as well as the College Band Directors National Association Convention in 2013. Additionally, he was fortunate to perform world premieres of works by John Mackey, Stephen Bryant, Joel Puckett, and Scott Lindroth, as well as record three commercially-available albums with the wind ensemble: “Finish Line!”, “Arts and Letters”, and “Stories and Sanctuaries.”
In 2014, Mr. Davis was a tuba player and percussionist in the Japan tour cast of the Emmy and Tony award-winning stage show, Blast!. In this role, he performed in all 47 Japanese prefectures over the course of a four month tour, including a month-long run in the International Forum in Tokyo.
From 2006 through 2011, Mr. Davis was a member and section leader of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. During his time with Crown, the corps improved from 8th place in his initial year to winning two Jim Ott Awards for brass performance, and continues to see success in the drum corps activity.
Mr. Davis spends his summers as a member of the brass staff at the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, where he is fortunate to work with a wonderful group of friends and educators. From 2015-2017, Mr. Davis was a member of the brass staff at the Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, where he helped the corps achieve their first Top 12 Finals appearance in the history of the organization. He lives in Houston with his two dogs, Rogue and Indiana.
Mr. Christopher Baños
Director of Percussion | Christopher.Banos@fortbendisd.com
Mr. Baños is currently beginning his first year at Ridge Point High School as the Director of Percussion. He will also be directing the percussion at both Banes Middle and Ronald Thornton Middle.
Mr. Baños holds a Music Education Degree from Florida International University. Mr. Baños has several years of experience in the marching arts. He was first introduced to the world of marching percussion as a student of Miami Senior High School in South Florida.
For the past 7 years Mr. Baños has been a member of many World Class WGI and DCI ensembles.
In his DCI experience, he was a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps for their 2012 season. In 2013 he was a member of Carolina Crown, and served as a section leader during the 2014 season. At Crown, he received a Gold medal in 2013 and aged out in 2014.
In his WGI experience, Mr. Baños was a member of STRYKE Percussion in 2013, and Rhythm X in 2014 and 2015. During his time at Rhythm X, he received a Bronze medal in 2014, and a Silver medal in 2015.
In his educational career, Mr. Baños has taken on several roles in both the marching and concert setting. He was a consultant, drill designer and arranger for many marching ensembles, and also served as a clinician for the Summer Marching Academy. Furthermore, he was a private lesson teacher for and a consultant for several programs’ concert percussion sections in both Broward and Miami-Dade County.
Since aging out, Mr. Baños has been involved as an instructor for several DCI and WGI ensembles.
In his WGI experience, he taught at FIU Indoor Percussion and West Broward Indoor Percussion in 2016. He taught the three-time Fan Favorite award winning STRYKE Percussion Ensemble from 2016-2018.
In his DCI experience, taught the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016, and is currently on staff at Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Baños is absolutely thrilled to be the new Director of Percussion at Ridge Point High School, and is enthusiastic about taking the percussion program to new heights with the partnership of Mr. Saldaña and Mr. Davis.