Meet the Band Directors
Hello! My name is Gerardo Loya. I grew up in Muleshoe, TX, and graduated high school in 1998. I attended Angelo State University and graduated with my Bachelor of Music degree. Upon graduation from ASU I took a teaching position in Monahans, TX where I spent 11 years. I learned a lot, but eventually found myself teaching in Ferris, TX. In 2017 I was selected Teacher of the Year for Ferris ISD. I'm new to Kaufman this year, and am currently working on my Masters in Administration through Lamar University. I love music and band, but most importantly, I love kids and people in general. I'm excited to be a part of Kaufman! Go Lions!
Originally from Dallas,TX, Mr. Alberts has been playing percussion since he was twelve years old. Mr. Alberts earned his bachelor of arts in music from Angelo State University. He works as the Percussion Director for Kaufman ISD and has worked at other schools in the Dallas area as well. He was the drummer for San Angelo based band Jeska Bailey and the Platform Souls that was voted best live band in San Angelo in 2015 and 2016. They were also picked to open for Los Lonely Boys for their homecoming concert in San Angelo in April of 2015.
Mr. Alberts is also a performer in the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra and Lake Country Symphonic Band. Mr. Alberts is a proud endorser of Mapex/Majestic(KHS America), Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, and Evans drumheads.
Mr. Schafer is excited to be making music in Kaufman this year! He conducts the high school Symphonic Band, assists with the Kaufman Lion Marching Band, middle school ensembles, and teaches two sections of beginners. He is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he studied music education and played trumpet in a variety of college ensembles. Mr. Schafer was heavily involved in the Pride of Oklahoma as both a member and leader, and taught at high school bands across central Oklahoma as a brass technician and private teacher. Mr. Schafer is happiest outdoors and lives in Richardson with his fiancée, Alyssa, and dog, Kota.
Please welcome our new color guard director Ms. Avery Lind.
Ms.Lind is a graduate from Fossil Ridge high school and has taught in many DFW schools including Castleberry Hs.
She has marched with the following DCI groups and indoor winter guard.
CGT Dallas 2017-2019
Carolina Crown 2017-2018
Boston Crusaders 2019
We are very excited to have her join our team!