Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska, Liz Love is an active classical and jazz saxophonist and music educator in the Austin, Texas area. She is currently in her fifth year as Head Band Director at Grisham Middle School, teaching beginning flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, as well as the Honors Band. She assists with the beginning brass classes and Symphonic Band. Previous to her time at Grisham, she was the Assistant Band Director at Running Brushy Middle School in Leander ISD, where she founded the RBMS Jazz Band in 2013. Her ensembles consistently receive UIL Sweepstakes ratings, and her students have earned Outstanding Soloist honors at Austin area jazz festivals. In 2019, the Grisham Middle School Honors Band was selected to perform at The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic!
Ms. Love is a founding member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, which is in its fourth season and released its debut album in Spring of 2017. She also founded ASEYouth, a city-wide youth saxophone ensemble comprised of the most talented middle and high school saxophonists from all over the Austin area. An active clinician and adjudicator around the state, Ms. Love is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association. She also serves as the TMEA Region 26 Middle School Band Chair, as well as the Region 26 TBA representative.
Ms. Love received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She has performed and recorded extensively on flute, clarinet, and saxophone at both schools and counts Susan Scarborough, Jerry Junkin, Jeff Hellmer, Harvey Pittel, Paul Haar, and Carolyn Barber as her principal mentors.
Liz attributes her passion for music and education to her incredible music-teacher parents, Ed and Loretta. She lives in Austin, Texas with her ridiculously supportive and adorable husband, Walter.
Eduardo pABLO eSTRADA
Mr. Estrada is the Assistant Band Director at Grisham Middle School in Austin, Texas. At Grisham, Mr. Estrada conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches the beginning Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba and Euphonium classes. Mr. Estrada graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Music Studies.
During his time at UT, Mr. Estrada studied Euphonium with Professor Charles Villarrubia and was a part of The University of Texas at Austin Tuba/Euphonium Studio. In addition to this, Mr. Estrada was fortunate to perform with numerous ensembles including the internationally known Longhorn Band.
Before coming to Grisham, Mr. Estrada was a Marching Band Instructor for Westwood High School. In the Spring of 2020, Mr. Estrada student-taught at Westwood High School and Canyon Vista Middle School learning from Brigette Parsons and Thomas Turpin.
During his free time, Mr. Estrada enjoys watching movies, drinking coffee, doing arts and crafts, and listening to music!
Mr. Estrada is honored to be a part of the Grisham Band Family!