Director of Music Programs
Mr. Ronnie Rios
HCISD - Director of Music Programs
Ronnie Rios, a multi Grammy Nominated Music Educator, is a graduate of Alice High School, Texas. He graduated Summa Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters in Music Education from Texas A & M University- Kingsville. At 21, he began teaching in the Kingsville ISD where his middle school and high school Concert Bands received consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards and Best in Class awards at various State and National festivals. His Jazz Ensembles also received Best in Class and numerous “Outstanding Band of the Festival” awards. He had All-State Band and Jazz Band students and led the Marching Band to the Texas State Marching Band Championships in his last year.
As Director of Bands at Harlingen High School for 21 years, all Six Concert Bands received consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, Best in Class, State and National awards and All-State Band and Jazz Band students. The Harlingen High School “Big Red” Cardinal Marching Band made 11 consecutive appearances at the Texas State Marching Band Championships, qualifying every opportunity since 1998. The group also earned positions in the finals of Bands of America Regional Championships, where they won the school’s first Regional in 2005. The Marching Band has also won numerous 1st Place Festival Awards and Grand Champion Marching Band Awards throughout South and Central Texas. The Concert Band advanced to the Texas 6A Honor Band Finals numerous times finishing as high as 9th in Texas. The Jazz Ensemble has received consistent Best in Class and numerous “Outstanding Band of the Festival” awards. The Jazz Ensemble was a featured performing group at the IAJE convention in New York City. They also performed and served as a featured group to Duke Ellington’s music with guest Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center. His Jazz Ensembles have also performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago three times and HHS was named the Honor Jazz Ensemble for the State of Texas and showcased at TMEA in San Antonio. His Jazz Ensembles have also shared the stage with artists Bob Mintzer, Michael Brecker, John Fedchock, Conrad Herwig, Mike Steinel, Woody Witt, Armin Marmolejo, Dennis DiBlisio, Terell Stafford and Arturo Sandoval. Mr. Rios’ groups have performed throughout Texas, as well Florida, California, New Jersey, Washington DC, Illinois and Central Park in NY City. In 2011, the Harlingen HS Band was named the Texas Bandmasters Association “Exemplary High School Band Program of the Year” in Texas.
Mr. Rios is currently the Director of Music Programs in the Harlingen CISD, Texas. He has been named to the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers numerous times and was also named Teacher of the Year in the Harlingen CISD. Mr. Rios received the Distinguished Citizen Award by the community of Harlingen and is also a past Phi Beta Mu ‘Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year’ recipient. Mr. Rios also created and serves as the Artistic Director for the Rio Grande Valley Jazz Orchestra in Harlingen, Texas. He has also performed with this group at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago as well as sharing the stage with the World Famous Count Basie Orchestra. He is a member of TMEA, TBA, TMAA, TJEA, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is the Past President of IAJE-Texas, TJEA, past TMAA Vice-President and served as the TMEA Texas State Band Chair. He is currently the TMEA Area G Band Chair. Mr. Rios has served as a clinician and adjudicator in Texas, Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia, Nevada, Utah, California, New Mexico and Indiana. He currently serves as an active adjudicator for UIL, DCI, and BOA.
Fine Arts Coordinator
Lee Ann Ince is a graduate of Broken Bow High School, Oklahoma. She graduated Summa Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Arts from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. At 21, she began her teaching career in Callisburg, Texas where her Cross-examination debate team went to the UIL State finals placing 2nd overall.
She relocated to Harlingen in 1992 where she taught Special Education and coached the speech and debate program after school at Alamo 9th and 10th grade campus. She went on to start the Speech Drama Debate team at Harlingen High School South where she also taught theatre arts, served as UIL Academic Coordinator, and directed the One-Act Play. In 1995 she coached the school’s first UIL state champion. In 1996 the Harlingen High School South speech drama debate team earned forty Texas Forensic Association state qualifications which earned them the distinction as most qualifications in the state of Texas. They have continued to remain a top ten school for the past twenty-two years. Under her direction, HHSS was awarded the Lanny P. Naeglin award twice for the most accumulated qualifications in the state of Texas. Her UIL speech teams have won the speech district championship since 1993. They have been awarded the UIL Region IV speech team award numerous times since the school opened. She has qualified students in all UIL Speech events for the state meet. In her 28 years as a speech drama debate coach, she produced twenty state champions, Six national finalist, and one national champion in 2017. In 2018 the Harlingen High School South One Act Play Sideman won the 6A State Championship and the Samuel French Award while she served at the district’s Theatre Coordinator. She has directed One-Act plays to the district, bi-district, Area, region, and state level. Her teams have won the NSDA Gulf Coast leading Chapter award numerous times. At the NSDA National Finals HHSS was awarded as a school of distinction in 2009 and school of honor in 2016.
Mrs. Ince is a five-diamond coach with the National Speech and Debate Association and in 2013 was inducted into the Texas Forensic Association Hall of Fame. She serves on the UIL Region IV Regional Advisory committee, was appointed as the Region 1 District Clerk for the UIL Congressional Debate contest, and also serves as an NSDA committee member for the Gulf Coast District. She recently become a certified One-Act Play Contest Manager.
Mrs. Ince currently serves as the Fine Arts Coordinator for HCISD where she oversees the Theatre, Dance, Speech, and Visual Art programs.
Fine Arts Secretary - Alma Cavazos
Audio Engineer - Juan Restrepo
Lighting Engineer - Joseph Armendariz
Lead Custodian - Mark Davis
Custodian - Cresencia Vargas
Custodian - Lupe Medina