Ray Velasquez, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, has taught band at the middle and high school levels all over the entire state in Denton, San Antonio, Jacksboro, and Lubbock. Currently, Ray is the assistant band director at Strickland Middle School in Denton ISD.
Ray’s first season with the Guardians was as a trumpet/mellophone tech in summer 2019. He holds a Master’s of Music in Wind Conducting at Texas Tech University as a student of Dr. Sarah McKoin, where he worked for two seasons with the Goin’ Band from Raiderland as a visual staff member and all performing ensembles. Ray graduated from the University of North Texas in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education.