Ricky Vilardell is the Band Director at El Paso High School, where he conducts the wind ensemble, marching band and Jazz ensemble. Mr. Vilardell previously worked as an Assistant Band Director at Bel Air High School, Ysleta High School and Ysleta Middle School. Groups under his direction have earned consistent first division ratings and sweepstakes awards at UIL concert, sight reading and marching contests; and have earned top three placements at the Hanks Jazz Festival. He is also a music instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he teaches classes in instrumental music and music history. Mr. Vilardell is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), where he serves as chairman of the All-State Saxophone Audition Panel.
Mr. Vilardell was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He is a graduate of Riverside High School, where he was TMEA All-State alto saxophonist and served as a drum major. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Music degree from New Mexico State University. He is currently working towards pursuing a PhD in music education and a certificate in Early Music Performance from Texas Tech University.
Mr. Vilardell has performed with The El Paso Wind Symphony and with various jazz and rock groups around El Paso such as The Eklectic Jazz Group, Jazz Unlimited Big Band, Jazz Q, Locomotion, and others. He also has a strong interest in music history; particularly the performance of music from the Renaissance era. He performs on recorder, shawm (Renaissance oboe) and dulcian (Renaissance bassoon) with the Sprezzatura Ensemble and Jornada Renaissance Wind Ensemble.