Welcome to OMG!
What is OMG! It is an acronymn for the Orchestra, Mariachi and Guitar classes I teach. Pretty cool, huh?
I have two classes of orchestra, one class of mariachi and four classes of guitar and they include all grade levels.
My conference period is from 8:45am to 9:30 am every Monday thru Friday
Yes that is me, Mr. Downey, in this picture.
Music education through patience, humor, positive feedback and of course proper modeling of how to play the instruments. That's how I like to teach in my classes.
We have performances throughout the year so visit this page often to get information on all our events.
My room is located in the Fine Arts Building just inside the north entrance across from the library.
OMG! Rock on!
Thanks to all for your support!
What trips are in store for us this year? Hmmm......Tucson?
UIL Solo and Mariachi Competition is February 4 at Hanks High School
Orchestra UIL is February 27 at Bowie High School
State Mariachi is March 10-11 in San Antonio, IF we make it.
My educational background includes a Bachelors of Music Education from UTEP, 1982 and a Masters of Music Performance, 1995, also from UTEP. I also had the privilege and honor of studying double bass in Victoria, B.C., Canada with the internationally known bassist, Gary Karr during the summers of 1979 and 1985. In high school I was accepted into the Texas All State Orchestras four years consecutively.
I have also been performing the double bass with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra for 35 years and the El Paso Opera Orchestra since 1995.
This is my 34th year teaching in EPISD. Whew!
The countdown to retirement has begun!
This year will be the end of a long but fun filled road!
Treat your instrument with love and respect.
Have passion for music.
Enjoy our time together...Playing an instrument is a lifelong skill that will bring you happiness, joy and will relieve stress! Guaranteed!
And when you become rich and famous don't forget to support your local fine arts community.