San Antonio Chamber Winds Artistic Director and Conductor
Texas-born but North Carolina-raised in a United States Marine Corps family, Nieves Villaseñor moved to San Antonio, TX after graduating from The University of North Carolina Wilmington with his Bachelors of Arts in Music Performance in saxophone.
After graduating from White Oak High School in Jacksonville, NC he began his music studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where he studied saxophone under Dr. Jeff Bair. At ECU, Nieves performed with the ECU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and several saxophone quartets. He also served as a drum major to the ECU Marching Pirates.
After attending ECU, Nieves attended Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, NC where he was awarded an Associates in Fine Arts in Music. At CCCC, Nieves studied saxophone under Fletcher Stubbs and performed with the Onslow Winds Community Band and founded the Prometheus Saxophone Quartet.
After completing his studies at CCCC, Nieves continued his music studies at UNCW under Dr. Frank Bongiorno. In his time at UNCW, Nieves has performed with the UNCW Chamber Winds, Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble.
Nieves also founded the saxophone ensemble group, DubSax Quartet, where they have toured Eastern North Carolina, San Antonio and Austin, TX as part of their educational outreach tours.
Currently, Nieves is the artistic director and conductor of the newly formed San Antonio Chamber Winds. Since his move to Texas, Nieves now performs with The Heart of Texas Concert Band and the Live Oak Singers. Nieves is also a performer in the inaugural WGI Independent World Winds ensemble, Crossmen Winds.
As a strong advocate for community music, Nieves has performed with several community bands across the United States including; Onslow Winds Community Band, Tar River Community Band, San Angelo Community Band, Association of Concert Bands Convention Band, Brunswick Concert Band, and the Wilmington Symphonic Winds.
He completed his conducting internship and undergraduate thesis, "Lifelong Music Education in Community Music Programs" in partnership with the New Horizons Concert Band of Wilmington, NC, under the supervision of Dr. John P. LaCognata.
Nieves's professional affiliations include Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Association of Concert Bands, North American Saxophone Alliance, Texas Music Educators Association, and the North Carolina Music Educators Association.
San Antonio Chamber Winds Associate Conductor
Born and raised in southwest San Antonio, Alana Urbano is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio. She was the first Head Drum Major for the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band and a founder of the Iota Tau chapter for Tau Beta Sigma. She is in her last semester of her graduate degree in music education through Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Ms. Urbano continues to refine her craft by assisting several band programs in the San Antonio and Austin areas through leadership instruction and masterclasses. She is an active member of Mariachi Entertainment System, a group that fuses traditional Mexican culture and video game music. Her recent projects include the composition of the Texas A&M University San Antonio fight song, which was recently recorded by William P. Taft High School, and transforming local marching bands through summer leadership camps with her foundation, Limitbreak Leadership.