René Rosas, Assistant Conductor
In his second year of teaching he was name Director of Bands at Andress High School where he taught for six years. During his tenure at Andress High School the Golden Eagle Marching Band received superior ratings at the Ross Capshaw Invitational Marching Contest and was Grand Champion of the New Mexico State Tournament of Bands for four consecutive years. The bands received the Sweepstakes Award (superior ratings in marching, concert and sight-reading performances in one year) six consecutive years and traveled to participate in music festivals from California to Florida.
René earned his Master of Science in Music Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the U of I René served as a Teaching Assistant with the University Bands and studied under Professors James Keene and Gary Smith. He then became Assistant Director of Bands and Director of The Pride of Sunshine marching band at the University of Florida in Gainesville. While at Florida, the band accompanied the football team to two National Championship games, cheering the team on to its first national championship against archrival Florida State University! René then went on to teach at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal where he served as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands. In addition to his work with the athletic bands, he taught various courses at each university encompassing undergraduate conducting, marching band techniques and instrumental techniques.
Two months after moving to Naperville René attended his first Naperville Municipal Band rehearsal and he knew he was home! A member of the clarinet section, Ron Keller asked René to guest conduct a few pieces and by 2005 was appointed Assistant Conductor. René, Ron and Ann Lord regularly collaborate on the year-round programs performed by the NMB. Among the audience favorites during the summer concert series is the game of "Stump The Band" based on school songs. One of René's favorite memories is when playing "Stump The Band" a young lady in the audience asked for the Ellsworth School Song. When René asked band members if anyone knew it, cornetist Bob Hoffman raised his hand. René asked Bob, "So do you know the song?" Bob replied, "I wrote the song!" and then he proceeded to play it for the audience.
Notre Dame grads guest conduct NMB. Left to right: Tim Czech, Michael Verlaeye, René Rosas, Tim O'Brien and Mark Sonnick
René at the National Championship game between the University of Florida Gators and Florida State University.
Pregame at Notre Dame getting ready to conduct "America the Beautiful"
The Golden Eagle Marching Band of Andress High School, El Paso TX
Conducting the Marching Illini at the Assembley Hall Concert.
Conducting an NMB Summer Concert