Phone: 361-547-3322 ext. 5171
Degrees and Certifications:
B.M. Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Richard Varela, Jr.
RIchard "Rick" Varela is currently the High School Band Director for Mathis ISD. Mr. Varela is the arranger, visual designer, and percussion specialist for the Mighty Mathis Pirate Band. Along with the Cabreras, Rick team teaches at both Mathis Middle School and Mathis High School campuses. Rick is currently in his 5th year of teaching, all of which have been with the Pirate Band. Mr. Varela is an active performer with various recording artists. Rick is currently in his 3rd year as a staff member for Drum Corps International's Open Class Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps of Edinburg, TX.
Rick received his Bachelor of Music with teacher certification from Texas A&M University-Kingsville (formerly A&I) in 2008. While studying, RIck was a member of the Jazz program under the direction of Dr. Paul Hageman and Mr. James Warth. There he played with such acts as Paquito D' Rivera, Ed Shaughnessy, Wayne Bergeron, Bob Mintzer, Claudio Roditi, Maynard Ferguson, and Bobby Shew. Mr. Varela studied percussion with Mr. Randy Fluman and Ron Schermerhorn. While a student of TAMUK, Rick was fortunate to perform at TMEA Music Convention with the Jazz Band I, WInd Symphony, and Percussion Ensemble in 2003,2006, and 2008 respectfully. He was a member of Kingsville Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Swing Band under the direction of Mr. Fred Junkin.
Rick currently resides in Mathis, TX with his wife, Alexis, their two beautiful children, Emery and Julian, and their four legged chihuahua "children", Bailey and Bruiser.