Alex Yañez

Director of Bands

Alex Yañez is very proud to be part of the LEE Band family as Director of Bands. Mr. Yañez is starting his 22nd  year in music education and can’t think of a better place to be other than the district that he grew up in. Mr. Yañez is a graduate of MacArthur High School and has lived in San Antonio all his life.  He graduated from Texas State University and holds a bachelor's degree in music education and is certified in Jazz Studies under Dr. James Polk. While at Texas State he was a member of the Bobcat Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Salsa del Rio, Jazz Band, and Jazz Combos. He studied saxophone with John Mills, Greg Wilson and Doug Skinner. Mr. Yañez most recently was the associate director of bands at John Jay High School. Under his direction, his band has consistently received superior and excellent ratings at UIL. He was also the director of the Jazz Band, a competitive ensemble that has been very successful at local Jazz festivals. Mr. Yañez has been a clinician as a woodwind specialist in both concert and jazz in districts across San Antonio. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Education Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Mr. Yañez's greatest joy is being a father to his two kids, Ariana and Alejandro. He has been happily married to his wife Lydia for 18 years who is the Orchestra Director at Roosevelt HS. Mr. Yañez is also a freelance musician and is a member of the San Antonio Jazz Orchestra (SAJO) and Powerhouse Big Band. In his free time, he likes watching sports with his son, going to the gym, and just being around family.

Victoria Watson

Associate Director

This is my 30th year teaching band and I love being a music educator.  I have taught 17 years at Krueger MS in NEISD, where I managed the band program and fine arts/electives department. Under my direction, the students throughout my career have received consistent sweepstakes awards for UIL and the Krueger Band placed as a TMEA Area Honor Band Finalist for 2019 and 2022. I have had the privilege of working with State Marching Band Finalists throughout my career.  During my 30 years of teaching, I have taught Pre-K through College with percussion as my specialty.  I have performed as a soloist for Texas State Orchestra Concerto Contest, Heart of Texas Band Soloist, Fiesta Texas Show performances, Mid-Texas Symphony, Viva Symphony and various other venues. My hobbies include watching movies, NBA--Go SPURS, architecture,and photography.  I love spending time with my family, sons Russell, Phillip and Trevor and my fur baby Luna.  I love teaching students the joy of music as learning an instrument can be a life long skill. I am very excited to join the LEE Band Staff Spring of 2022 and look forward to working with these amazing students.  Go VOLS!!!!

Elijah Alonzo

Associate Director

Mr. Alonzo attended Krueger Middle School and Roosevelt High School in NEISD, and graduated from UTSA with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. During his time at UTSA, he marched with the Spirit of San Antonio under the direction of Ron Ellis, serving as section leader for two years. He also studied conducting with John Zarco, Director of Instrumental Ensembles, and studied tuba with Gary Poffenbarger as a member of the Boom Squad. In his free time he likes fishing and spending time outdoors, as well as playing in the Heart of Texas Concert Band. Mr. Alonzo is excited to be sharing his first year with the LEE band family.