Victoria Vasquez-Gonzalez, Head Director
Victoria Vasquez-Gonzalez has been at Lyford CISD since 2009. The 2019-2020 school year will be her 22nd year of teaching band. She previously taught at Mcallen ISD, Sharyland ISD, and PSJA ISD. A Lyford HS graduate, Ms. Vasquez attended UTPA-Edinburg and graduated cum laude in 1998 with a B.A. in Music Education, and also obtained her M. Ed. in Educational Technology in 2017 with certifications in e-Learning and Technology Leadership.
Ms. Vasquez’ husband, Gilbert Vasquez-Gonzalez is the technology coordinator for Lyford CISD, and her son, Joaquin de Leon is an 11th grade student at LHS and percussionist in the Lyford band. Ms. Vasquez enjoys reading, baking bread, weight-lifting, knitting, and video games (PC). She has a cat named Pixel and five tarantulas named Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Ann Richards, and Henrietta Lacks.
Ms. Vasquez is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Association of Texas Small Schools Bands, Technology in Music Education, and the International Society for Technology in Education.
Laura DeRousselle, Assistant Director
Laura DeRousselle joined the Lyford band staff in 2015 and has been a private contractor with Denton High School Band and J. J. Pearce High School Band, teaching marching band in the fall since 2011. She has also taught with Forte Drum and Bugle Corps and marched three years with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (’05-’07).
Ms. DeRousselle is originally from The Woodlands, Texas and attended The Woodlands High School. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education Cum Laude from Texas Woman’s University (’14).
In her spare time, Ms. DeRousselle enjoys reading, cross stitching, and movie watching. She has a beagle, Sukie, a parakeet, Pyp, and two cats, Tyrion and Fatima (Fatty).
Ms. DeRousselle is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association.
Laura Davidson, Assistant Director
Laura Davidson is a graduate of San Benito High School and joined the Lyford band staff in 2015. Her passion for music started at an early age, joining her elementary choir, and then carrying that passion into her middle and high school years in band. In her junior and senior year of high school, Ms. Davidson was section leader of the clarinet section. She soon realized after high school that she wanted to pursue a music degree at the University of Texas at Brownsville.
She was a member of the Rio Bravo Wind Ensemble, UTB Clarinet Choir, and was Vice President of the Clarion Clarinet Club. She has performed with the UTB and UTPA Clarinet Choir at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in Spring 2014 where she performed the solo of the duck for an arrangement of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. She also traveled and performed with the UTB and UTPA Clarinet Choir to perform the same arrangement at the International Clarinet Association Convention in Summer 2014 in Baton Rouge.
Ms. Davidson obtained her music degree with a teaching certificate in Spring 2015. Ms. Davidson is now an Assistant Band director for Lyford C.I.S.D. and is looking forward to teaching and inspiring students to become the best musicians and human beings.