Chief Musician Gino Villarreal is a native of Rio Grande City, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Prior to joining the US Coast Guard Band in October 2005, he served in the US Military Academy Band at West Point, New York. MUC Villarreal has been a member of the Storm King Brass at West Point, NY; The Imperial Brass in Woodbridge, NJ; the Newburg Symphony in Newburg, NY; and the Waco Symphony in Waco, TX. He has also performed with many different ensembles including The Jazz Knights at West Point, NY; the Symphony of South East Texas in Beaumont, TX; the Dallas Wind Symphony; the Richardson Symphony; the East Texas Symphony in Tyler, TX; and has been a featured soloist with the US Military Academy Band and The Imperial Brass Band. His teachers include Raul Sosa Ornelas, Barry Hopper, Tom Booth, Wiff Rudd, Larry Black, and Robert Sullivan.