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Honored Professionals

We celebrate the teachers who have dedicated their life's work to educating today's fine arts students. Oftentimes, other entities recognize the significant dedication and successes of our fine arts professionals. Here are some of these accolades.

If there are any professionals who have received a job-related award for their work while in BISD (or those who retired from BISD) and they are missing from this gallery, please contact the Department of Fine Arts.

Information about these accolades:

  • BISD Teacher of the Year
  • RGV Band Directors Hall of Fame
  • National Band Association Citation of Excellence Award
  • Vandercook College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Texas A&M Inspiration Award for Exceptional Secondary Education
  • Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame
  • UIL Sponsor Excellence Award
Paul Flinchbaugh
-Supervisor of Instrumental Activities
-Retired Supervisor of Instrumental Activities
  • Vandercook College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award ​ 2010
  • Inducted into the RGV Band Directors Hall of Fame ​ 2018-2019
George Treviño
Lopez High School Band Director
  • Texas A&M University Inspiration Award for Exceptional Secondary Education ​2011 ​
  • National Band Association Citation of Excellence Award ​ 2016-2017
Dennis Pitcock
 
Hanna High School Choir Director
  • UIL Sponsor Excellence Award 1998-1999
Robert B. Vezzetti
Brownsville High School
-Band Director
-Retired Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
 
  • Brownsville ISD Teacher of the Year 1968-1969
  • VanderCook College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award 1982
  • Inducted into Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame ​ Class of 1998
Rolando Zapata
Retired Band Director
  • Inducted into the RGV Band Directors Hall of Fame ​ 2015-2016
Braulio Amaro
Ortiz Elementary Music Teacher
  • Brownsville ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year 2019-2020
Joe Fred Harness
Retired Band Director
  • Inducted into Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame Class of 2006
Arcadio "Art" Guajardo
Retired Band Director
  • VanderCook College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award ​ 1999
  • Inducted into Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame ​Class of 2002