On Friday, Ysleta ISD officials announced that Horacio Gomez, the 26-year director of the Hanks High School band, has been awarded one of the most prestigious honors from the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) for the meaningful difference he has made in the lives of band students, and his outstanding commitment to music education.
Gomez, a graduate of Riverside High School and UTEP, won the 2020 Meritorious Achievement Award from TBA, a group that aims to promote the value of music education in our society, as well as the important role instrumental music plays in our cultural, intellectual, and social lives.
He is scheduled to accept his Meritorious Achievement Award during the 2021 TBA Convention in San Antonio next summer, which is expected to draw more than 6,000 band directors and their families, students, vendors, and exhibitors.
Under the direction of Gomez, a 28-year veteran teacher, the Hanks Silver Knights Marching Band has advanced to state competition on numerous occasions, and won numerous Marching Band Festival Championships throughout the southwest.
Gomez’s concert bands have also been consistent UIL Sweepstake Awards winners and UIL Honor Band Finalist distinctions.
Gomez is also the founder of the annual Hanks Jazz Festival, which he organized more than two decades ago to promote jazz education throughout the southwest. He currently serves as the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Band Chairman for Region 22, with professional memberships in the TBA, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Phi Beta Mu.