About Us

The GPFAA Orchestra Guild is a registered 501 (c) (3) non profit organization.  Any donations made to the Guild are tax deductible.  The Guild is dedicated to promoting the orchestra program at GPFAA.  One of our primary missions is raising funds to provide the orchestra program the support that they might not otherwise get.  Every year the Guild provides music funding for the program to supplement any funds that might be made available by the district or campus administration.  This is vital as our kids go through music like they do clothes during a growth spurt!  The guild also provides support for many of the other orchestra activities and sponsors, organizes, and runs special events for orchestra students.  We can always use volunteers and help during concerts and events.  We encourage all families to join the guild and be active participants.

Our Directors

Richard Galvan
Director of Orchestras, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy

Richard Galvan is in his 28th year as an Orchestra Director in the Grand Prairie Independent School District.  His career began as the Orchestra Director for Jefferson Intermediate School and Lee Middle School.  Mr. Galvan taught at Grand Prairie High School for 13 years before joining the faculty of The Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy. His career has been devoted to building and maintaining the orchestra programs in GPISD. However, his ultimate goal is to make his students life-long lovers of music. Mr. Galvan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas - Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. Mr. Galvan is the Director of Orchestras at The Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy and is certified to teach All-Level Music Education and A. P. Music Theory.  Under his direction, his orchestras have been consistent recipients of Sweepstakes Awards at UIL Concert and Sight Reading contests and received multiple invitations to compete at the American String Teacher's Association National Orchestra Festival. Mr. Galvan is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and The American String Teachers Association.  He has studied conducting with Gary Lewis, Donald Schleicher and Jeffrey Grogan.  In his spare time, Mr. Galvan enjoys spending time with his family, traveling the world, attending live music concerts, volleyball and tennis.

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Marvin Garduño
Associate Orchestra Director, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy


Marvin Garduno grew up in Irving, Texas and graduated from Nimitz High School where he was inspired to pursue a degree in music education from his director Marla Maletic. Mr. Garduno continued to study the double bass with Dr. Mark Morton at Texas Tech University where he was a part of the symphony orchestra under the direction of Professor David Becker. This is his fifth year teaching in Grand Prairie ISD and his fourth year with Mr. Galvan at GPFAA. Mr. Garduno is currently pursuing his Masters in Music Education from Texas Tech University and is hopeful of working towards directing a symphony orchestra here at GPFAA. Mr. Garduno is also a section bass player for the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving. During his free time, Mr. Garduno enjoys spending time with friends and family traveling to conventions across the State of Texas and engaging in outdoors activities.

Our Guild Board

Guild President - Lorin Carr

1st VP / Fundraising - Rene Velazquez

2nd VP / Communications - Joey Greenaway

Treasurer - Ginger Johnson

Secretary - MeLissa McAfee

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