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Band Staff

The Memorial Middle School Band Staff

Robert A. Flores, Head Band Director

B.M., Texas A&M University – Kingsville; Kingsville, Texas

A native of Kingsville, Texas, Mr. Flores is in his eleventh year of teaching and in his third year as Head Band Director at Memorial Middle School. Having invested all of his years at La Joya ISD, he has spent all of those years as a member of the Lobo Cluster; having served at Irene Garcia MS and Palmview HS. He continues his teachings with the Trumpet Studio and the Marching Band at Palmview High School. As an educator, Mr. Flores strives to teach core values to his students and the best practices to learn the art of music. This has led to students under his direction and advisement to place and rank among the TMEA and UIL Audition and Performance processes. As a performing musician, he is the Principal Trumpet, Section Leader, and President of the Executive Board with the McAllen Wind Ensemble, and the Lead Trumpet with the Swing Street Big Band from McAllen, Texas.

With a true passion for music and the arts, Mr. Flores is constantly sharpening his skills with marching band drill design and choreography, music arranging (and even working on his first composition), and practicing his trumpet. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and an alumni member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

When he is not in the band hall, you might see Mr. Flores cycling around the McAllen/Mission/Edinburg area, playing golf, spending time with friends, spending time with his loving and supporting girlfriend Erica, and hanging out and playing with his awesome cat Maynard Purrguson.



Julissa, Perez, Band Director

B.M., University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley; Edinburg, Texas

Bio coming soon.

The Palmview High School Band Staff

Bio Coming Soon

Jacob Banda, Director of Bands

B.M., Texas State University; San Marcos, Texas

M.Ed., Texas A&M University; College Station, Texas



Shaka Hawkins, Associate Band Director

B.M., Stephen F. Austin State University; Nacogdoches, Texas

Mr. Hawkins is in his second year at Palmview High, having previously served as the Director of Bands at Shelbyville High School in Shelbyville, Texas. While at Shelbyville, his bands consistently found success across the state. The Shelbyville Dragon Band earned consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, placed 1st at Area Marching contest in 2014 and 2016, finished 4th Place at the Texas State Marching Contest, and finished 2nd in the 2014 TMEA Honor Band contest. He also served on the Brass Staff of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps of San Antonio, TX for one year. He will be entering his 5th year with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps of Casper, Wyoming. 

As a tubist, Hawkins performed at the regional ITEC conventions in Lubbock and Austin, TX, and also won the SFA Orchestra of the Pines Concerto Competition.

He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and a provisional member of Texas Music Adjudicators Association.




Jorge Peña, Director of Percussion

B.M., Texas A&M University – Kingsville; Kingsville, Texas

M.Ed., Texas A&M University; College Station, Texas


The Palmview Band Staff is vital to the success of the Memorial Middle School Band Program as they add an extra 45+ years of teaching experience in the Memorial Band Hall. They assist the MMS Band with beginner classes, concert band clinics, section coaching, and individual lessons. The students and directors thank you for all of your help.