Mark Saenz is the Director of Bands and Director of Percussion Studies at Coronado High School in El Paso, TX. His duties include directing the Thunderbird Marching Band, The Coronado Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band 1, and all percussion ensembles. Coronado band has consistently been recognized as the elite ensembles of the west Texas and southern New Mexico area. Coronado band continues to remain on the cutting edge of marching production and concert performance. Mr. Saenz is also a performing member of The El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Star City Percussion Ensemble and the El Paso Wind Symphony. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Music Education from New Mexico State University. Mr. Saenz has a beautiful wife, two boys and one girl. He is proud to call El Paso home.
Jessica Shin is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Woodwind Studies at Coronado High School. Her duties include directing the Thunderbird Marching Band, Jazz Band 2, Symphonic Band, Chamber Program, and various woodwind ensembles including the Coronado Clarinet Choir. She is also the Head Director of the Music Theory and International Baccalaureate Music programs at Coronado High School. Ms. Shin has earned a Bachelor's in Music Education and a Master's in Instrumental Conducting both from New Mexico State University. She is a native El Pasoan and is an active free-lance clarinetist for the Southwest Area and performs with the El Paso Wind Symphony and is the most recent member of the El Paso Clarinet Quartet. She is also a member of the Texas Bandmaster's Association, the Women Band Directors International and the Texas Music Educators Association. She resides in El Paso, Texas and enjoys spending time with her family, church family and dog, Melody.
Katy Andrade is the Associate Director of Bands and the Director of Brass Studies at Coronado High School. Her duties include directing the Thunderbird Marching Band, Jazz Band 3, the Concert Band, and various chamber ensembles. Ms. Andrade received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Horn Performance from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a native El Pasoan, a graduate of Eastwood High School and a Horn player in the El Paso Wind Symphony. She has also performed with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the Roswell Symphony Orchestra.
Veronica Fuentes is the Director of the Thunderettes Dance/Drill Team. The Thunderettes perform with the Coronado Marching Band, joining with the Legacy ColorGuard to form Harmony. During the fall, the Thunderettes perform drill pieces during the football games and perform at all home varsity boys and girls basketball games. During the spring, they compete against other dance teams in the city. Mrs. Fuentes received her degree from Texas Tech University, where she was a proud member of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland. She is the mother of 4 girls and 1 boy...3 of which performed with the Coronado band as a Thunderette, a flute player, and a percussionist.