Waltrip Band Staff
Brenda Corral-Smith serves as the Director of Bands at Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas. Before coming to Waltrip High School, she was an Assistant Band Director at MacArthur High School in Aldine ISD, the Director of Bands at Sharpstown High School in Houston ISD, and the Director of Bands at Elsik High School in Alief ISD. Mrs. Corral-Smith received a Bachelor in Music Education degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and a Masters in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas in El Paso, Texas. With 20 years of multi-related experience and 18 years as a Director of Bands, she directed all aspects of the following ensembles: Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles, and Mariachi Ensembles. In addition, her versatile teaching experience in multicultural settings has allowed her to create unique opportunities for her students. Through these experiences, she has been able to grow programs, retain student involvement and achievement. Her goal is to instill a sense of music appreciation while at the same time teaching students about the technical aspects of music.
Johnny Olivares is currently the Assistant Band Director at Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas. Before coming to Waltrip High School, he was the Assistant Band Director at Elsik High School in Alief ISD. Mr. Olivares received a Bachelor in Music Education degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. While at Sam Houston State University, Mr. Olivares performed with the Bearkat Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. With 3 Years of teaching experience, he has directed Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz II, and Mariachi Ensemble. Being a Houston native and Waltrip Ram Band alumni, Mr. Olivares is thrilled to be a part of the Ram Band Family and is looking forward to working with the students and staff.