Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi
Dr. Kenneth Javier Iyescas has served Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as the Associate Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Horn and Music Education, and the Director of the Islander Pep Band. He is an active performer, clinician, adjudicator, and conductor across the State of Texas, New Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Prior to moving to South Texas, Dr. Iyescas lived in Lexington, KY while attending the University of Kentucky, where he earned his Doctorate in Conducting. Also, Dr. Iyescas led the Fort Worth Symphonic Band as their Music Director from 2009-2011 and was a Texas public school band director from 2001-2011. He received his Master’s Degree in Horn Performance from Texas Tech University in 2001 and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Howard Payne University in 1999.
Having a wide-ranging career in music, Dr. Iyescas has taught musicians through every level, from beginners through university students. His high school Horn players consistently won awards and praises from adjudicators and colleagues alike. They have earned many 1st divisions in Solo and Ensemble competitions, as well as chairs in the TMEA All-State Bands and Orchestras. As a university instructor, Dr. Iyescas teaches music education courses, Horn lessons, conducts the Islander Pep Band, coaches the TAMUCC Horn Choir, and guest conducts the university concert bands and orchestra. He also conducts the St. Pius X Catholic Church Adult Choir. In addition, he cofounded the Corpus Christi Horn Society along with several prominent Horn players from the Coastal Bend and surrounding areas, which performs regularly at local churches, recitals, and community events.
He is also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary), and the Texas Music Educators’ Association. Dr. Iyescas lives in Corpus Christi, TX with his wife Maria and daughter Alexandria Grace.