NBHS Band Directors
David Eckert, Director of Bands
Woodwind specialist, jazz aficionado, music educator and conductor David C. Eckert has an incredible passion for music and the people who perform it, and endeavors to share that love with as many people as possible. After graduating from John Marshall High School in San Antonio, TX in 1987, David began his studies in music theory and composition at The University of Texas at Arlington. David quickly realized that his strengths were in his skills as an instrumentalist so he focused his attention on performance and began playing professionally throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world. Prior to beginning a career in music education David was a full time musician and has worked for Sea World, Opryland Fiesta Texas, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Costa Cruises, and the Jack Morgan Orchestra, as well as the international touring company of the Broadway musical Grease. Among his many credits are performances with J.R. Robinson, Danny Seraphine, Gregg Bissonette, Chester Thompson, Russ Miller, Charo, Eric Estrada, Fred Travelena, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian, Chubby Checker, John Davidson, Jim Neighbors, Ben Vereen, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, Davy Jones, The Fifth Dimension, The Four Tops, The Platters, Will Lee, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, and Bob Dorough. David’s theater credits include Annie, Aint’ Misbehavin’, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, A Christmas Carol, Evita, Fiddler On The Roof, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Forum, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Music Man, Singing In The Rain, The Sound of Music. South Pacific, Titanic, West Side Story, and The Wiz.
In 2000 David received his Bachelor of Music Studies Degree and in 2012 received his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting, both from The University of Texas at San Antonio. David was employed by Northside Independent School District in 2000 as an assistant band director at Jack C. Jordan Middle School, where he worked for three years. In 2003 became assistant director at Oliver Wendell Holmes High School, and in 2005 was promoted to the position of Head Band Director. In June of 2008 David accepted the position of associate band director at New Braunfels High School and is currently in his ninth year in that position. David’s responsibilities at New Braunfels High School include assisting with the marching program, the colorguard program, and the percussion program, conducting two separate ensembles and assisting with two others, teaching the AP® Music Theory course, teaching the jazz ensemble, and acting as campus coordinator for the school’s chapter of Texas Future Music Educators, as well as performing the various clerical, campus, and district duties associated with being a teacher. Bands under the baton of Maestro Eckert and with which he has been affiliated have received consistent superior ratings at contests and festivals across the state of Texas. In 2013 the New Braunfels High School band program was invited to participate in the National Youth Concert at Carnegie Hall. David is a past member and Sergeant at arms of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity, and was a founding member and Sergeant at arms of Mu Beta Sigma, the Alpha chapter of the honorary music fraternity at U.T.S.A. David’s teaching accolades include: 2000-2001 Jack C. Jordan Middle School First Year Teacher of the Year, September 2004 Oliver Wendell Holmes Teacher of the Month, April 2017 New Braunfels High School Teacher of the Month, and has been selected to Who’s Who in American Teachers three times. David’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educator’s Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Winterguard International, Texas Educational Colorguard Association, American Federation of Teachers, United States Scholastic Band Association, Jazz Education Network, Texas Jazz Educators Association, Technology Institute for Music Educators, and The Conductors Guild.
Kyle Day, Assistant Band Director
Kyle Day is from Spring Branch, Texas, and graduated from Smithson Valley High School in 2012. He attended Texas State University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies degree with an emphasis on Trumpet. He studied Trumpet with Jack Laumer, conducting with Dr. Kyle Glaser and Mr. Matthew Holzner, and music education courses with Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt, and Dr. Amy Simmons. While at Texas State, Kyle performed in Concert, Jazz, Salsa, Orchestra, and Baroque Trumpet ensembles, as well as the Bobcat Marching Band where he held the position of Trumpet Section Leader. Kyle has also actively taught lessons and Trumpet masterclasses in the Central Texas area. He has worked as a Marching Band Technician for Dripping Springs High School in 2015, and completed his student-teaching at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas. While at Johnson HS, he was under the mentorship of Jarrett Lipman, Alan Sharps, and Jordan Stern. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas.
Kyle's professional affiliations include Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, International Trumpet Guild, NAfME, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Day is looking forward to his sixth year as a part of the Unicorn Band Family and will be serving as an Assistant Band Director at New Braunfels High School. He directs the Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, runs the Chamber Music program, co-teaches the Ninth Grade Center bands, facilitates the Marching Program, and oversees the NBHS instrument inventory.
J Flores, Assistant Band Director at NBHS, Head Director at NGC
J Flores is from San Benito, Texas, where he graduated from San Benito High School in 2011. He studied euphonium with Raul Rodriguez at Texas State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in 2016. At Texas State University, he was involved in many ensembles such as the Texas State Wind Symphony, Ceremonial Brass, the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and the Bobcat Marching Band where he served as the Drum Major. He was also the recipient of the TMEA Collegiate Music Educator Award. After receiving his degree, J acted as the Low Brass Consultant at Bastrop ISD teaching private lessons and sectionals at three different campuses, 6-12th grade.
J has marched with Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps and performed with them at the MTV Woodie Awards at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
J's professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, Texas Bandmasters Association, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
J is excited to be part of the Unicorn Band Family and ready to further their history of excellence!
Kate Williams, Color Guard Director
Kate Williams was born and raised in New Braunfels, and is a proud alumna of the Unicorn Band program! Kate graduated from NBHS in 2009, and was a 4-year member of the Colorguard and Winterguard under the direction of Ed Gonzales. After high school, she attended Texas State University where she received her BSFCS with a major in Fashion Merchandising. Kate was a 3-year member of Identity Independent Winterguard, an Independent Open class guard based out of San Marcos, TX, and a 2012 Open Class Finalist at WGI Championships in Dayton, Ohio. Kate has spent the last 7 years as Colorguard Instructor for Canyon High School in New Braunfels, where her Varsity Winterguard received numerous TECA Scholastic A Class Championship medals.
Kate is thrilled to be back in Unicorn Country, and excited to carry on the tradition of excellence within the Unicorn Band!