Gino Villarreal, trumpet

Gino Villarreal is a native of Rio Grande City, a small border town in South Texas. He began playing the trumpet at the age of twelve. During all four years in high school, he earned a position in the Texas All-State Band and Orchestra. After graduating from Rio Grande City High School, he attended Baylor University where he received his Bachelors in Music Performance. He has participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, and the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas. In addition, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony.

Mr. Villarreal joined the United States Army in October of 2002. After the completion of basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he reported to the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, NY, where he served as a Staff Sergeant for three years. Then, he earned a position with the United States Coast Guard Band in October of 2005.  During his time in the military, Mr. Villarreal has had the honor of performing for President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. He also performed at the nationally televised funeral for former President Gerald R. Ford in Washington D.C.  Furthermore, he had the privilege of performing taps for the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. and for the Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony on the USS Arizona Memorial, December 7, 2008 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Mr. Villarreal loves the outdoors—hiking, camping, fishing, nice long runs and spending time with his family. He is married to Lydia Lee-Villarreal, a musician who is also a Critical Care Registered Nurse and studying to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Yale-New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia. Their greatest achievement has been the birth of their daughter, Isabella Grace, in January 2009.