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!
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.
Jesse Rajabi is thrilled to join the Kaufman ISD band staff! He most recently served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Brown Middle School in Forney ISD. Prior to teaching in Forney, Mr. Rajabi completed his Master of Music Education degree at TCU, studying with Dr. Sheri Neill, Dr. Laura Singletary, and the TCU Band faculty. He also served as a member of the Horned Frog Band staff. During his graduate studies at TCU, he served as a guest conductor for the TCU Symphonic Band and the TCU Trumpet Studio, with whom he performed at the International Trumpet Guild conference in the summer of 2018. Prior to beginning his graduate assistantship at TCU, he served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Reagan Middle School in Grand Prairie ISD.
Mr. Rajabi graduated with his Bachelor of Music Education degree from TCU. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Rajabi studied trumpet with Dr. Jon Burgess. He has performed with both Mr. Joey Carter’s and Mr. Joe Eckert’s jazz ensembles, Mr. Brian Youngblood’s and Mr. Bobby Francis’s wind bands, and the TCU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Germán Gutiérrez. Additionally, he has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and International Trumpet Guild conferences. Mr. Rajabi served as the conductor of the Dallas Brass Band for the 2018-2019 performance season.