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.