Andrew Barberi / Elite Visual Ensemble (EVE) Director
Andrew Barberi is from Pensacola Florida where he graduated from Milton High School in 2009. After graduating he moved to Jacksonville, Florida to attend Florida State College where he received is Associates degree. Andrew has experience marching in several world-class organizations including The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps 2010-2012, Northeast Independent World 2010, and Braddock Independent World 2012.
Andrew has been the director and choreographer for several successful organizations across the country. Two of these are Nease High School, the 2012 WGI Scholastic Open Bronze Medalist and Choctawhatchee High School, a 2013-2014 WGI Scholastic World Class Finalist. In 2015 and 2016, Andrew served as one of the weapon technicians at the Blue Coats Drum and Bugle Corps, the 2016 Drum Corps International World Champions. In addition to his his teaching career, Andrew has served on the Winter Guard International (WGI) Advisory Board in 2013 and 2014 helping to shape and grow the WGI organization.
Andrew is extremely excited to be a part of the Westlake High School program and to help raise the guard program to the next level.
Dr. David Saad, PhD. / Percussion Instructor
Dr. David Saad is a Westlake High School graduate who first began working with the Chap Band in the fall of 2010. He received his Bachelor’s from the prestigious Northwestern University (2010) before completing a Master’s and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at the University of Texas at Austin (2012, 2015). Dr. Saad has studied with world renowned performers and teachers, such as Dr. Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, Michael Burritt, She-e Wu, James Ross, and Robert Dillon. Dr. Saad works extensively with the front ensemble and battery, both in the fall and spring, and offers private lessons to percussion students at Westlake.
Dr. Saad is an Austin native and continues to live and perform as a freelance musician in the Austin area. He has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and alongside such artists as Michael Burritt, Line Upon Line, and Sō Percussion. Since 2015, Dr. Saad has performed regularly as the timpanist for La Follia Austin Baroque, a group which won the Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best Ensemble in 2015-2016. Dr. Saad is also a Sponsored Artist with Innovative Percussion.
Joe Morales / Jazz Instructor
Joe Morales lives in Austin, Texas and is a recording session player, arranger, producer, composer, performer and music teacher for a living.Joe’s main passion in life, however, is teaching children to interpret music the best way that they can. Joe was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas and attended Southwest Texas State University on a music scholarship. He went on to study voice and composition at Corpus Christi State University. Shortly after, Joe taught as a band director in Corpus Christi Texas before moving to Austin to pursue a career as a performing musician.
Joe has worked with world renowned bands and artists of all genres. Joe has recorded on many albums with artists such, as Linda Rondstadt, John Hyatt, Flaco Jimenez, Stephen Stills, Texas Tornadoes, Freddie Fender and many more. Joe received a Grammy Plaque for his work in arranging and performing on an award-winning song on a Flaco Jimenez CD. For thirteen years Joe travelled with the popular band Duck Soup, during which time he performed with such national greats as Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, The Mavericks, Bob Seger, Clay Walker, and Tobi Keith.In addition to his performing work, Joe has privately instructed at least 20 all-state musicians and countless more region band qualifiers in both jazz and classical fields on many different instruments in the last 34 years of teaching.
Throughout his affiliation with the Westlake High School Jazz program as the resident jazz clinician, Joe has brought world renowned acts to help build the jazz program and has broadened the interest in the jazz band program throughout the Eanes ISD.