Mr. Jesus Torres
Director of Bands
Jesus Torres serves as the Director of Bands for East View High School in the Georgetown Independent School District. Mr. Torres previously taught in the Austin and Lockhart independent school districts. While in these positions, Mr. Torres’ concert bands received Superior ratings and Best in Class awards in UIL Concert and Sight Reading and numerous festivals across Texas and Colorado. Mr. Torres has been an integral part of consistently successful marching bands at the UIL Region, Area and State levels, as well as perennial BOA Regional and Super Regional finalists. Mr. Torres brings an acute understanding of marching band instruction and administration and a wealth of experience working with some of the top design professionals in the activity.
Mr. Torres an alumnus of McCallum High School in Austin, Texas and attended The University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music and Human Learning and a Certificate of Achievement in Trumpet Performance. In addition to his duties at East View, Mr. Torres maintains an active career as a trumpeter and as a conductor in central Texas. He is a conductor and founding member of the St. Paul Summer Wind Ensemble and a charter member of the Cedar Park Winds.
Mr. Torres is a former member and previous guest conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band and performed with that ensemble at the 2007 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He currently serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cinematic Symphony, an Austin-based ensemble that performs the music of television, film, and video games. Since his onset with the Cinematic Symphony in 2011, Mr. Torres has maintained the group’s active role in commissioning new works and engaging the highest caliber musical artists. Mr. Torres’ commitment to musical excellence and a strong bond between the Cinematic Symphony and the local community, continue to bring the ensemble to higher levels of achievement and closer to the goal of being one of the premier community musical groups in the country.
Mr. Torres lives in Austin with his wife Marie. They spend their time updating and enjoying their recently-purchased home.
Ms. Rachel Butler
Associate Director of Bands
Rachel Butler is an Associate Director of Bands at East View High School. She directs the Symphonic Band, teaches AP Music Theory, and assists with the marching band. Prior to her appointment at East View, Ms. Butler was the Director of Bands at Tippit Middle School in Georgetown ISD and Assistant Director of Bands at Bedichek Middle School in Austin ISD. Ms. Butler has received professional distinctions from her students and staff members alike – most notably being named the Tippit Teacher of the Year in the 2018-2019 school year. She is a passionate advocate for the value of music education and aims to help each student reach their fullest potential through teamwork, hard work, and perseverance.
Originally from Orlando, Florida, Ms. Butler moved to Austin in 2013 to pursue a graduate degree in Music and Human Learning at the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with Dr. Bob Duke. Before her time in Texas, Ms. Butler was a student at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Music and History. While at Boston College Ms. Butler studied with two mentors that alway made her believe she could follow this life path, two people who have forever forged the shape of her life – Ralf Gawlick from whom she learned about composition and music theory, and Dr. David Healey, her college band director, who very plainly taught her that the relentless pursuit musical excellence allows everyone who participates to learn, grow, and become better humans.
When she is not teaching, Ms. Butler enjoys running, composing music, arranging music for college and high school marching bands, traveling to new places, reading, and enjoying the company of dear friends and family.
Her professional affiliations include the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Educators Association.
Mr. Andrew Blezinger
Associate Director of Bands, Director of Percussion
Andrew Blezinger serves as Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Director for East View High School. He is beginning his 9th year as a percussion instructor/director and is very excited to be joining the GISD team!
Mr. Blezinger grew up in Sulphur Springs, Texas and received his Bachelor's in Music Education from Texas A&M University at Commerce. While in school he performed with the 'Pride" Marching Band, The "Panimation" Steele Drum Band, Wind Symphony, and the Brazilian and chamber percussion ensembles. Outside of school, Mr Blezinger was a front ensemble member of Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps (2004-2006) and Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (2007-2008). As a teacher, Mr Blezinger served as the assistant percussion instructor for Sherman High School, where the band made the UIL State Marching Band finals in 2011, and has served as the director of percussion at Little Elm, Ranchview and Arlington High School since 2012. While teaching, he has been able to perform as a church percussionist, a member of the Metropolitan Winds, and member of the Nebulas cast (an electronic-percussion-theater group in Wichita Falls during the summer of 2012) as well as adjudicate in the DFW area.
While not teaching or performing, Mr Blezinger enjoys riding his bike and spending time with his wife and puppy as they find great places to hike, enjoy outdoor concerts and festivals, and cheering on his favorite sports teams (GO RANGERS, COWBOYS, STARS and SPURS!!).
Mr. Blezinger serves on the Health and Wellness Committee for the Percussive Arts Society and holds affiliations with TMEA, PAS, and Salyers Percussion.