Carlos Esquivel
Director of Bands

Mr. Esquivel began his tenure as Director of Bands at Palatine High School during the 2013-14 school year. Before PHS, he has been the Assistant Band Director and Jazz Band Director at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, IL from 2008 until 2013.

Carlos Esquivel graduated in the Fall of 2007 with a B.A. in Music Eduaction from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. At the University of Illinois, he has studied piano with Chi Yong Yu and Thomas Kronholz, as well as conducting with Dr. Joseph Manfredo and Dr. Louis Bergonzi. He received his Master of Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in 2013.

He has performed in various groups throughout his musical career, including several of the University of Illinois concert bands on both piano and alto saxophone, and the Marching Illini and Basketball Band at the U of I on alto saxophone. He has also performed as a pianist in musical theater productions with the Champaign/Urbana Theater Company, Illini Union Board, Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, Illinois, and several high schools. He was a pianist at Church of the Holy Spirit in Schaumburg, Illinois between 1999 and 2013.

Mr. Esquivel was the beginning band director at St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo, IL during the 2006-2007 school year and interim band director at Liberty Junior High School in New Lenox, IL during the spring of 2008. He completed his student teaching at Glenbard North High School and Jay Stream Middle School in Carol Stream, IL during the fall semester of 2007.

Mr. Esquivel's professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the National Band Association (NBA).

On his off time, Carlos enjoys writing and arranging music, marking books and movies off of his "to read/watch list", being active outside, cheering on local professional sports teams, and adding to his ever-expanding CD collection.


Marissa Rentner
Assistant Band Director

Marissa Rentner is a recent graduate of Elmhurst College, where she received her Bachelor's of Music Education.  While at Elmhurst she performed with various ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Women's Choir.  She also performed in several musical pit orchestras on bassoon, flute, clarinet, and tuba.  She has also studied and taught music abroad in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

She completed her student teaching at East and West Leyden High Schools, in Franklin Park/Northlake, and Lincoln Middle School in Park Ridge.

Ms. Rentner is affiliated with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI).

Ms. Rentner is an alumni of District 211.  She graduated from James B. Conant High School in 2010.  She is very excited to start her teaching career in the district she attended.



Joseph LaPalomento
Percussion Instructor

An active freelancer in Chicagoland and surrounding areas, Joe LaPalomento is passionate about performing orchestral timpani and percussion at the highest level. Having studied with influential musicians of many major orchestras worldwide, Joe has developed a flexible playing style referencing numerous schools of thought with diverse approaches to playing percussion. He has performed internationally in Europe as well as Japan and China and is grateful for the opportunity to pass on his knowledge to his students.

Whether his students want help catching up with their peers in the school band, want to develop a foundation for an enriching lifetime hobby, or want guidance on a path to a career in music performance or education, Joe is happy to instruct them in whatever field of percussion they're interested in. That could include orchestra, wind ensemble, and chamber ensemble percussion, marimba, marching percussion, drum set, and other percussion.

Growing up in North Texas, Joe will vouch for the state's reputation of loving high school football and marching band. He enthusiastically served as drum captain for two years in the massive and competitive marching band of Allen High School near Dallas. He's excited to offer his drumline knowledge to assist the Palatine High School marching band as their drumline instructor.

After earning his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Performance from DePaul University in Chicago, Joe moved to the western suburbs with his wife Sarah and has enjoyed getting to know the percussionists in the area and helping his students reach their goals in music. When away from music, Joe likes movie-going, ping pong, following the NFL and NBA, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.