Director of Bands: Ricardo Esquilin
Ricardo Esquilin works diligently as both a professional musician and educator. His love for music began in the very band room which he serves in now, at South Broward High School. As an alumnus, Esquilin is proud to have returned as Director of Bands at South Broward to give back to the same community which he grew in. He began freelancing as a young musician in Miami at the age of 15 with the NBA’s Miami HEAT Street Band, and other local professional bands that took him to perform in cities such as London and Paris.
In 2014, Esquilin graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Music and returned to South Florida where he began arranging, writing, teaching, and playing professionally. He was the resident trumpet faculty at the Dillard Center of the Arts, a nationally acclaimed program that has competed in and won the Essentially Ellington Festival & Competition three times, and also assisted at Olympic Heights High School for several years. Esquilin recorded as the lead trumpet for the VH1 original movie “Drumline: A New Beat” in Atlanta, Georgia, and has also recorded for 19 Grammy Award winning artist Emilio Estefan. Following the completion of his masters degree at Florida State University, he began playing around the nation as a guest artist and clinician at universities, high schools, and with professional touring bands. In 2017, he played with jazz greats Jon Faddis, Terell Stafford, and Wycliffe Gordon at the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival. In 2018, he took the stage at the Jazz in The Gardens Music Festival, and also became the Director of the Miami HEAT Street Band, in which he also played solo and lead trumpet in for over 12 years. Esquilin has served as a member and soloist of the Florida Wind Symphony Jazz Orchestra since 2016, led by Dr. Prescott of Florida Atlantic University. He also worked for The Walt Disney Company, playing with the prestigious Disneyland All-American College Band in 2015, and returned in 2016 as the assistant director, under the direction of nationally acclaimed educator, Dr. Ron McCurdy.
Esquilin received his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, and Master of Music from Florida State University. He currently serves as the director of the South Broward High School band program, and director of the Miami HEAT Street Band.