Yamil R. Yunes Gonzalez has been a music teacher for 36 years. Mr. Gonzalez has a degree in Music Performance and Elementary Education. He has taught as a choral director, band director and adjunct professor at Texas A&M International University. In 1993 he started one of the first school mariachi programs in the nation. Under his directorship, Mariachi Nuevo Santander of the Roma Independent School District dominated the realm of school competitions. They were selected as grand champions at the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio Texas for five consecutive years.  The event was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company and Coca Cola. Mariachi Santander was also featured in an ABC documentary, PBS and has been featured in several school text books. Mr. Gonzalez has also served as a vocal clinician, lecturer  and judge at many competitions and workshops throughout the nation.

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