Art Avila

Art Avila

Country:   United States Category:   MARCHING ARTISTS


Arthur Avila Jr. is currently the Assistant Band Director/Director of Percussion at Eastwood High School in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. Mr. Avila also serves as part time faculty for El Paso Community College as an applied lessons instructor. Art graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2001 where he studied percussion with Larry White. Mr. Avila is the former Co-Caption/Snare/Cymbal Tech for the indoor WGI Independent Open ensemble, Innovative Marching Percussion. Art is the founder and host of the EHS/YISD Sun City Throwdown Drumline Competition event, held annually in El Paso, Texas. Under his tutelage since 2004, Eastwood has won numerous top awards at competitions, and in 2019, his snareline won 1st place in the Small Marching Ensemble category at PASIC. Mr. Avila has been awarded the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award from The National Society of High School Scholars in 2006.


Mr. Avila is also an active, international percussionist in the El Paso Southwest/Mexico region. In the summer of 2016, Mr. Avila toured with the El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra to New York and Washington D.C, boasting performances at Carnegie Hall, Coney Island, and also at our nations' Capital for Congress. He has performed with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Zarzuela, Pro-Musica, Juarez Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Opera, Star City Percussion Ensemble, The Eklectic Jazz Band, The Abundant Living Faith Center Orchestra, The Edge of Texas Community Wind Symphony, the El Paso Wind Symphony, and the Music Theater of El Paso. He has shared the stage with Tito Puente, Jr., Sam Pilafian, Jeff Berlin, Rosanna Eckerd, Kimberly Locke, Dr. Willie Hill, Tia Fuller, Wycliff Gordon, J.D.Guzman, Lalo Davila, Greg Adams, Sean Jones, Fred Wesley, N'Dugu Chancelor, Brad Leali, Marty Olivas, Billy Townes, The Canadian Brass, Taylor Hicks, Karmin, and Eric Johnson. Art is currently a studio percussionist with Shade Records in El Paso, TX., and performs drum set/timbales in Latin/Salsa band, Azucar. Art Avila is an active clinician/adjudicator and is currently endorsed by Pearl Drums/Adams and Innovative Percussion.


Art's Gear

Adams Percussion

Symphonic Timpani

4.3 Octave Concert Zelon Synthetic Marimba, Endurance Field Frame (MCKF43)

3.5 Octave Soloist Zelon Synthetic Xylophone, Endurance Field Frame (XSKF35)

3.0 Octave Concert Vibraphone, Silver Bars (VCSF30M)


Pearl Concert Percussion

Pearl Prestige Session Select 5pc Fusion, Arctic White (1997)

Pearl malletSTATION EM1

PTM50SHR (Steel) Ultra Grip Tambourine

PBP510 Pandeiro

HH1 BELLa High-Pitched Cha-Cha

BCM8NYQ Marc Quinones Signature Timbal

ECB23 Mounted Agogo

PTT1824 Trap Table

ETE1415MQ Black timbales

10”x 5” FCP1050 Firecracker Wood Snare 


Pearl Hardware

MSS3000 Marching Snare Stand

MTS3000 Marching Tenor Stand

MBS3000 Marching Bass Drum Stand

H2050 Red LIne Hi-Hat stand

D3500BR Drum Throne

DR511C Curved Drum Rack

C1030SC Gooseneck Cymbal Stand

PMBDL3 Multi-Fit Bass Drum Legs