Javier Rivera is the associate director of bands at Rowlett High School. His duties include directing the Honors Band, Concert band and Jazz 2 Ensemble. He also assists with the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and marching band.
Prior to Rowlett High School Mr. Rivera was the 2nd assistant band director at Garland High School. While there he directed the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Instrumental Studies 1 and assisted with the fundamentals of the Mighty Owl Marching Band. His career started Spring 2014 at Garland. He took the Symphonic Band to UIL and they received their first UIL Sweepstakes in history, breaking a 26-year-old record.
Mr. Rivera’s education includes graduating from Plano East Senior High in 2009 where he performed under the direction of John Brennan, Jana Harvey, and Evelio Villarreal. He went onto Collin College where he studied under Dr. Aaron Rader and Travis Smith. Transferring to Sam Houston State University he finished his bachelor’s degree in music education in 2013 while performing under the baton of Dr. Brian Gibbs and studying euphonium with Dr. Henry Howey and music education with Dr. Matthew McInturf.
Mr. Rivera is a current member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and an annual attendee of ‘The Art of Teaching Music’ enriched by SMU’s Young Educators Seminars and Sam Houston State’s Center for Music Education.