Our Staff

Mr. Robert M. Madrid - Director of Bands

Mr. Robert M. Madrid, is the Director of Bands at Washington Union High School and Music Education Coordinator for Washington Unified School District. Mr. Madrid has been teaching for 12 years. He spent his first 7 years of teaching at Terronez Middle School in Fresno, CA. He started the program from all beginners and built a comprehensive band and orchestra program. While at Terronez his bands consistently received unanimous superior ratings at CMEA concert band festivals as well as placed in the top of their division in parade marching band competitions. The Terronez Concert Band was accepted to the CMEA State Band and Orchestra Festival in 2014 where they earned a Unanimous Superior. Mr. Madrid spent 3 years at Edison High School from 2014-2017. During his time as band director the Edison Band grew to record numbers and consistently earned unanimous superiors at CMEA festivals and several grand sweepstakes awards at NCBA marching band competitions in both parade and field.

Mr. Madrid graduated from Tokay High School in Lodi, CA in 2001 and recieved his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Fresno State in 2005. Robert Madrid obtained his Master of Music degree from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in 2013 where he studied under famed conductors and composers such as Col. Arnald Gabriel, Paula Crider, Robert W. Smith, Frank Ticheli, Johan De Meij, Brian Balmages and many others. In 2015 Mr. Madrid was awarded the Outstanding Young Band Director Award from the Northern California Band Association. Mr. Madrid serves as treasurer on the board of the Fresno Madera Counties Music Educators Association and plays trumpet regularly with the Central Valley Winds under the direction of Ms. Patricia Debenedetto. Mr. Madrid resides in Fresno, CA with his wife Mattie Madrid and son Elias Madrid.

Mr. Kevin Tinkle - Associate Director of Bands & Director of Bands American Union School

Mr. Kevin Tinkle is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Washington Union High School. Prior to this position, he was Director of Bands at Selma High School for nine years. During his time at Selma, his groups received numerous Superior ratings at CMEA Festivals as well as many awards for high achievement from the Western Bands Association and SJVCGPR. He was also the Performing/Fine Arts Department Chair as well as the FMCMEA Band Representative for two years.

He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education at San Diego State University and his secondary teaching credential at CSU Sacramento. While at San Diego State, Mr. Tinkle was a member of the Marching Aztecs, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Chamber Singers. He was principal trumpet in both Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra and was principal bass in the Chamber Singers. At SDSU, Mr. Tinkle shared the stage with world-renowned jazz artists Bud Shank, Pete Christlieb, and Kim Richmond and was a performer in the International Jazz Festival in Hawaii. He is also a proud member of the Epsilon Omicron chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

As a performer, Mr. Tinkle has been in numerous honor groups throughout California as well as the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. In his free time, Mr. Tinkle enjoys listening to his record collection, writing songs, and spending time with his wife Emily and twin daughters, Elizabeth and Grace.

Mr. Jeff Jacox - Associate Director of Bands & Director of Bands,West Fresno Middle School

Jeff Jacox is in his 31st year as a music educator and is currently teaching in the Washington Unified School District. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Jacox taught at both Clark Intermediate School in Clovis and the Kingsburg Elementary School District in addition to serving for a dozen years at various schools in Minnesota. Under his management, all of these programs flourished. Throughout his career, Jacox has been actively involved in the creation of new music for wind band. In 1999, he was selected as one of 15 teachers nationally to host composer a composer-in- residence by the American Composers Forum for their New Band Horizons project. While teaching in Kingsburg, his Jr. High school band commissioned “Kingsburg Festival Overture” by San Francisco based composer, Katrina Wreede. Mr. Jacox has been selected by his peers to serve on the board of several state and local professional organizations. He lives in Clovis with his wife, Patricia DeBenedetto, their 17 year old son Joshua and an overactive black terrier named Amadeus.

Mr. Brandon Gladden - Director of Colorguard and Dance

Brandon Gladden has been a color guard coach, program designer and drill writer for the past decade, and have produced award winning groups. (Alta Sierra Middle School, Buchanan, Sunnyside and Washington Union High Schools) As a performer, he has performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard, Santa Clara Vanguard Winterguard, NOCO Dance Company, D&J Dance Company​​ and performed with the Japanese tour of Blast! the musical.

Mr. Juan Gomez - Director of Marching Percussion

Mr. Gomez has been teaching at Washington Union High School as a Media Arts and Computer Literacy teacher since 2008 and as a percussion instructor since 2005. He has coached percussion ensembles throughout the Central Valley since 1993. Mr. Gomez received his Bachelor of Art in Mass Communication and Journalism from California State University, Fresno.

As a performer, Mr. Gomez joined band as a freshman at Riverbank High School in Riverbank, CA and has never stopped being involved in the marching percussion activity. He marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets and the Santa Clara Vanguard Percussion sections and later with the Bulldog Marching Band of Fresno State. He has been a member of the board of directors for Propel Percussion of Fresno, a member of the San Joaquin Valley Color Guard Percussion Review steering committee, a percussion judge at the Pep and Pageantry Arts Association Central California in Bakersfield, CA and a founding board member for the new South Valley Winter Arts Association of Hanford, CA.

In his free time he enjoys playing music with friends, going to concerts and traveling. He lives in Fresno with his wife Becky and their two daughters Maya and Cali.

Ms. Yasmine Brackens - Director of Front Ensemble and Concert Percussion

Ms. Brackens graduated from Edison High School in Fresno, Ca in 2009 and went on to pursue a degree in Instrumental Music Education – Percussion at California State University of Fresno. She would also like to obtain a Masters in Music Therapy someday. Ms. Brackens was an active member of Tau Beta Sigma-National Honorary Band Sorority during her time at CSU Fresno and currently remains a very active alumni. Ms. Brackens was very influential in building a Marching Band Program at Liberty High School in Madera Ranchos in 2016, where she took on the position of Percussion instructor for marching and front ensemble. Ms. Brackens has performed in various marching and concert ensembles such as Valley Independent Percussion, City Sound Drum and Bugle corps as well as the Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band. She was also a member in the Fresno State Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Gary P. Gilroy, Fresno State Symphonic Band under the direction of Steve McKeithen, Fresno State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Lowenhiem and The Fresno State Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Matthew Darling just to name a few. Ms. Brackens spends her time during school holiday breaks performing with the Yosemite Brass Consortium in the winter and the Clovis Band at the Shaghoain in the summer.