Jacqueline Parsons – Band Director
Music is in the DNA of Jacqueline Gonzalez Parsons.
First there is the onerous musical burden of being born Cuban; hailing from the island labeled as the place where the African rhythm meets European melody. Cuba was unique in that it was the first to cogently blend African and European musical traditions into complex new sounds creating a unique musical art form. Cuban music tremendously influenced American Jazz which influenced all the derivative popular musical styles of the 20th century: Swing, Big Band, Boogie Woogie, Rock & Roll, & Rap. Cuban by birth means music runs through your veins and your very essence.
Jackie started her formal music lessons at age 5 when she entered the piano guild. By age 12 she was an accomplished pianist. In Middle School she started to play the tenor saxophone. She also learned to play numerous musical instruments at an advanced level. She went to Coral Gables High School and played in the Band of Distinction. Jackie attended the University of Miami on a music scholarship. She received a bachelors and masters degrees from UM in music education and was on the Deans honor roll.
She played tenor saxophone for the University of Miami Band of the Hour and attended 3 national championship games with her much loved Canes. Jackie did her student teaching in Salt Lake City, Utah which was an experience she will treasure forever.
Jackie was hired at Olympic Heights High School in 2007 and since then the marching band placed 2nd in the state, won 1st place at many local competitions, Grand Champions at Crown Jewel Festival, doubled the size of the band, started an award winning jazz program that has received straight superior ratings in both district and state competitions and brought back the band -school spirit connection. Pep rallies are once again fun. The band not only does highly competitive shows but also entertains the crowd.
Ron has joined the OHHS Marching Band this season. He has been teaching for over 30 years working with top high school bands and drum corps across the country. He brings a long list of accomplishments, winning competitions and state championships.
Eric has been involved with percussion since the age of 10 and has been teaching professionally for 9 years. He is currently the Director of REEF Independent, a nationally competitive indoor drumline. Eric has been at Olympic Heights for 4 years and is also a freelance percussion instructor.
Mindy, a former middle school band director & elementary music teacher, received her Bachelor of Music Education at Florida State University. Mindy also gives private lessons in saxophone and clarinet. She is also a current member of the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble.
Victor A. Villaorduña
Victor is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Music Education at FAU. He has been playing trombone for ten years now and loves to teach kids. Victor has been a part of organizations such as DCI, Florida Youth Orchestra and multiple honor bands. He is excited to start his first season with the Mighty Lion Marching Band.
Gio is a recent graduate of Olympic Heights High School and was the Band Captain during his senior year. During the summer he toured with The Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. Gio now attends FAU and is working towards a degree in music education. As the music and marching instructor at O.H., he plans to bring out the full potential of each and every member of the band.
Jessica joined Olympic Heights as the new Color Guard Director in March 2015. She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. in 2001, and from University of Miami in 2004 with a B.A. in Psychology and a double minor in Dance and Business Administration. She is currently planning to begin working on her Master’s Degree in Fall 2015 in General Psychology with a specialization in Dance Therapy.