Christian Castillo came to Dayton ISD in 2018. He serves as the current Director of Percussion for the whole district which includes both Dayton High School and Woodrow Wilson Junior High. In addition to teaching all classes 6th-12th, Mr. Castillo spends his time composing, arranging, and creating the sound design for both the Bronco Marching Band and the Dayton High School Indoor Percussion.
Through the years, his students have archived great success which includes top placements in the TMEA Regions bands, 1st division Ratings in UIL Solo and Ensemble, and even becoming state finalists for the Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC). In the time Mr. Castillo spends with his students, he finds it very important to consistently mentor them to become disciplined, high-achieving, respectable young adults.
Christian was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. He attended Lopez Early College High School under the direction of both George Trevino and Harvey Bermudez. During his time here, he achieved top 3 placements in the All-Region bands and All-Region Orchestras. He also took part in the Lopez High School Indoor Percussion program from 2007-2011 where they became Open-Class Champions multiple times in the Texas Educators Colorguard Association (TECA). In addition to his time there, the Lobo Marching Band was a UIL State Marching Band and Bands of America contestant and Honor Band finalist.
After his time in Lopez, Christian moved to San Antonio and received his degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In the years he attended UTSA, Christian competed with UTSA Indoor and performed at PASIC 2015 with Robert Chappell, Liam Teague, and the UTSA Steel Drum Ensemble. In 2016, Christian became one of the charter members of the UTSA study abroad program in Italy. He had the pleasure of studying Jazz Vibraphone under Marco Pacassoni, a former student of Gary Burton.
From 2013-2017, Christian was an active Sea World San Antonio performer. During his time there, he assisted in co-creating multiple musical shows and took part in opening new shows in the theme park. Christian also was an actor, dancer, percussionist, stilt performer, and costume character for several shows.
Christian currently lives in Humble, Texas with his wife and pup. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, biking, and exploring new places.
Christian Castillo is a current endorser of Salyers Drum Sticks and Encore Mallets.