Meet the Directors
Director of Bands
Mr. Arturo Uribe studied music education at The University of Texas at El Paso, where he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1991. He is also the recipient of a Master’s Degree in Music Performance, Instrumental Conducting, which he received from UTEP in 2006. He has taught elementary, middle school, and high school band for 27 years, all in the El Paso Independent School District. He is currently the head band director of the award winning Mighty Husky Band at Capt. John L. Chapin High School in Northeast El Paso. Under his direction, the band program has earned numerous UIL Sweepstakes Awards, various local jazz contest awards, and is consistently highly ranked in marching competitions in the area. The band program has grown to include the marching band, two concert bands, two jazz bands, indoor color guard and indoor percussion programs.
Arturo has judged and worked as a clinician throughout the west Texas and southern New Mexico area, and is currently a member of Texas Bandmasters Association and Texas Music Educators Association. His duties with TMEA include holding the Vice President position for Region 22.
Above all, Mr. Uribe is proudly married to his wonderful wife Sharon, who is currently a counselor at Coronado High School. Together, they have three amazing and beautiful daughters, Kayla, Analina, and Kendall. All three girls are very successful products of EPISD schools and EPISD music programs.
Associate Director of Bands
Christopher Lawhorne grew up in the Atlanta (GA) metropolitan area and has been a dedicated musician virtually all his life. His interest in musical composition led him to develop a strong skill set both as a percussionist and pianist, and his first work was performed while he still was a student in high school.
Mr. Lawhorne attended Reinhardt University where he developed and crafted his compositional skills while receiving his Bachelor of Music Education and Instrumental Conducting. During his degree work Mr. Lawhorne studied with Dr. David Gregory, Dr. George Lucktenberg, and Richard Bell. Mr. Lawhorne had several percussion ensemble pieces performed at Reinhardt’s annual High School Honor Band Clinic where guest conductor of one of these honor bands was Dr. Lowell Graham.
His degree work in Musical Composition gave Mr. Lawhorne the opportunity of additional course work in Instrumental Conducting. Mr. Lawhorne was tasked with directing the UTEP Concert Band. He opened ensemble membership to local High School students and as a result, the combined personnel completed a cycle of four very successful performances. After the completion of his course of study, Mr. Lawhorne was granted, with Honors, a Degree in Instrumental Conducting with emphasis in Musical Composition.
Mr. Lawhorne continues to perform professionally as a member of the El Paso Wind Symphony. Christopher has also founded and currently serves as Executive Director of Sun City Independent, the only Winter Guard International Independent Percussion Ensemble within 300 miles of El Paso. Furthermore, Mr. Lawhorne guest conducted Reinhardt University at the Georgia Music Educators Association state convention and has conducted at numerous regional band clinics.