Head Director: John Dominguez
John Dominguez was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. He attended Luther Burbank High School and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He began his work in Northside ISD as a marching percussion instructor and private lessons teacher at Oliver Wendell Holmes High School in 1997. After his graduation from UTSA in 2000, he became an Assistant Band Director at Holmes and served as Director of Bands from 2003-2005.
Mr. Dominguez helped begin the John Paul Stevens Band program in 2005 as the Assistant Director alongside Robert Rubio. He served as the Fine Arts Department Coordinator at Stevens from 2010-2016. During this time, the Stevens Fine Arts Department has grown into the largest fine arts department in Northside ISD. Mr. Dominguez was named the Stevens High School Educator of the Year for the 2012-13 school year. He was named Director of Bands at Stevens High School in the spring of 2016.
After serving as a member of the Stevens Faculty for over a decade, Mr. Dominguez is most fond of the memories shared with all of the students, colleagues, parents, and community that have contributed so much to the Stevens Band. Many alumni have gone on to successfully pursue careers in music and have made music an important part of their lives. Beyond all the trophies and recognitions, being a part of the Stevens Band Family is the ultimate reward.
Mr. Dominguez is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Percussive Arts Society, Association of Texas Professional Educators, and the Vic Firth Educational Team. He has proudly served as the TMEA President and the TBA Representative for Region XI.
In his free time, Mr. D enjoys spending time with his family including his beautiful wife and daughter. Angela Dominguez is the Director of Bands at Jefferson Middle School in Northside ISD. Dana Dominguez is a 2016 Stevens High School graduate and is a Percussion Performance major at the University of Texas at Austin.
Associate Director: Adam Casiano
Entering his fifth year of teaching, Adam Casiano is serving as Associate Director of Bands at John Paul Stevens High School.
Adam received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX in December 2010. Adam studied Horn with Jeff Garza, Principal Horn of the San Antonio Symphony. While at St. Mary’s performed with numerous ensembles including, the Concert Band, Coro Santa Maria, and St. Mary’s Brass Quintet. In completion of his education requirements at St. Mary’s, Mr. Casiano student taught at Stevens High School in 2010.
Since the completion of his first degree, Adam is currently pursuing his Masters of Music from West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX. While a full-time student he proudly served as a Graduate Assistant and had the opportunity to perform his most memorable performances with the West Texas A&M Symphonic Band at the 2012 TMEA Convention and the CBDNA Conference in San Antonio, TX.
Today, Adam still performs with the San Antonio Wind Symphony. He has been a proud member of this ensemble since 2009.
Adam is a proud product of Northside Independent School District and was a former student of John Dominguez at Holmes High School (2001-2002) and former Stevens Director of Bands, Robert Rubio at Warren High School (2002-2005). He has taught privately for numerous NISD schools before beginning his official teaching career at Stevens High School.
Adam started his teaching career in 2012 at Stevens High School and has been a part of seeing his students achieve outstanding recognitions such as 2014 Area Finalist and numerous UIL Sweepstakes Awards both in Marching and Concert.
Away from music Adam enjoys mountain biking, playing basketball, hiking, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family, friends and beautiful fiancé, Araceli Garcia.
Mr. Casiano’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha.
Associate Director: Chad Taylor
Entering his tenth year of professional teaching, Chad Taylor serves an Associate Director of Bands at John Paul Stevens High School.
A native of central Texas, Chad is a graduate of Texas State University where he earned his Bachelor of Music in 2007. While at Texas State, Chad served as a performing member of many ensembles including the Bobcat Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from Texas State, Chad returned to his hometown of Smithville, Texas to begin his professional teaching career. In his two years in Smithville, Chad served as the school district’s Assistant Band Director for grades 6-12, helping both the concert and marching bands to UIL Sweepstakes Awards.
Most recently, Chad has served as an Associate Director of Bands in the Claudia Taylor Johnson High School cluster. In 2009, Mr. Taylor joined the staff at North East ISD’s Frank Tejeda Middle School. Primarily teaching non-varsity bands, Mr. Taylor’s concert ensembles regularly received First Division ratings (Sweepstakes) at UIL contest and spring music festivals. In addition to teaching beginning and concert band at Tejeda Middle School, Mr. Taylor served as basketball coach and faculty sponsor of T’Wolves Against Bullying. In 2014, Mr. Taylor received the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching from the North East Independent School District.
Prior to the 2014-2015 school year, Chad was named the Associate Director of Bands at David Lee “Tex” Hill Middle School in its opening two years. In its inaugural year, the Tex Hill Honors Band earned recognition as a TMEA Honor Band State Finalist.
Away from teaching, Mr. Taylor enjoys composing and arranging music for a variety of ensembles and is a published composer of music for young concert band (Alfred Music Co.). In addition, Mr. Taylor serves as an occasional performer (trombone) with the Trinity University Wind Symphony and has served as a private lessons instructor since moving to San Antonio in 2009.
Away from music, Chad enjoys sports (especially football, basketball, and soccer), physical fitness, video games, and learning new things. Mr. Taylor is honored to be a part of the John Paul Stevens Band staff and looks forward to the many successful years ahead!
Catherine Hoffmann was born and raised just north of the great city of San Antonio, in the town of New Braunfels, Texas. She has lived her whole life in this region by graduating from New Braunfels High School and attending Texas Lutheran University, in Seguin, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Music Education. She has also taught private flute lessons in La Vernia, Seguin and New Braunfels.
While attending TLU, Catherine was a member of the TLU Symphonic Band, was the principal flute/piccolo player of the TLU Wind Ensemble, was the principal flute player of the TLU Chamber Orchestra, a member of the TLU Drumline, a hard working alto in the TLU Women’s Choir and a ever dedicated member of the TLU Flute Choir. She had a few opportunities as well to play with the Mid-Texas Symphony as flute/piccolo alternate on a few concerts. Every second of rehearsing and working with others on music has increased her passion in pursuing music education and helping others with their passion and love of music.
Catherine recently started her teaching career at Alamo Heights Junior School but has found her way to high school band and choir at the most wonderful John Paul Stevens High School. While at AHJS she helped all UIL ensembles earn sweepstakes while teaching her beginning flutes, clarinets and saxophones. She is looking forward to working with all the members of the JP Stevens High School Band and the JP Stevens Choir as Associate Director to both groups.
When Catherine is not busy with music she can usually be found at a pool teaching swim lessons, spending time with her dog Britta and her best friend and fiancé, Christopher Alvarado, who is also a band director at Oak Run Middle School in New Braunfels.
Catherine is also a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and alumni of Tau Beta Sigma-Delta Phi chapter.