Mr. Edward Ercilla
Mr. Edward J. Ercilla is a graduate of Florida State University where he earned his Masters in Music Education (M.M.E) in 2008 and Bachelors in Music Education (B.M.E) 2004.
Being a Miami native, Mr. Ercilla returned to sunny South Florida to begin his teaching career with the Miami Dade County Public Schools. Schools under his tenure included Coral Reef Senior High as a student teacher and later as Director of Bands for Ponce De Leon Middle School in 2004. In the fall of 2007, Mr. Ercilla was given the task to build a band program at newly formed Westland Hialeah Senior High School where his Symphonic Bands, Jazz Ensemble, and Marching Band has achieved tremendous success in the very short four years since its inception.
In August of 2011, Mr. Ercilla joined the faculty of Doral Academy and was given the task of starting the new instrumental music program at the school. The program's beginnings began with 60 founding members which has ballooned to well over 300 students for the 2017-2018 school year.
Mr. Ercilla's ensembles have performed for various venues including Disney World (2015, 2017), has produced 94 superior ratings at FBA Solo and Ensemble ratings, and Superior ratings at FOA Orchestra evaluations! The 2015-2016 school year saw more accolades as the Instrumental Program achieves "Superior" Ratings for both ensembles at the 2016 Tampa Bay Classic Festival. The Doral Academy Instrumental Music program was also recognized by the 2016 NAMM Foundation: Music Support Merit Award. An award given to only 118 schools in the country. Adding to the list of accolades at Doral, the 2017 Marching Indoor Winds achieved second place at the FFCC State Championships (Daytona Beach, FL) in their first season of competition. March 2020 will mark a major milestone for the Doral Orchestra as we prepare for our performance at Carnegie Hall in March.
The 2019-2020 instrumental music program at Doral Academy will consist of two Advanced Bands, beginning Band & Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra, Andvanced Orchestra, Marching Band, Marching Indoor Winds, Drum-line, chamber ensembles, Guitar, and the Firebird Jazz Ensemble.
Mr. Ercilla aside from being a professional educator, is also an active professional musician. As a pianist and trumpeter, Mr. Ercilla performed with a wide range of ensembles from Chamber groups, to Symphonies, to Latin Jazz groups. Mr. Ercilla has performed not only on a national level, but internationally as well which includes Latin America and the Caribbean. He has enjoyed the privilege to perform with many great musicians that include the likes of Nestor Torres, Arturo Sandoval, and Ed Calle. Mr. Ercilla is also a regular member of the “Miami’s Top Brass” ensemble.
Mr. Ercilla believes that music education should be made available to all students; which is why he actively collaborates with organizations such as the South Florida Youth Symphony among others. For the 2018-2019 school year, Mr. Ercilla will serve the director of the Beginning Orchestra with the South Florida Youth Symphony. Mr. Ercilla is also actively involved with various other community organizations that provide music education opportunities for students with disabilities. Mr. Ercilla also maintains an active piano and trumpet studio in the Greater Miami area.
Aside from all teaching responsibilities, Mr. Ercilla enjoys conducting and participating in various research projects that help develop teaching methods for students that are hearing impaired and/or deaf. In January of 2011, he was invited to present his research at the annual Florida Music Educators Conference. His workshop “Music Education for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired” was a success thus providing for other presentation opportunities around the state. In January 2018, Mr. Ercilla was invited to present a new clinic/session at the Florida Music Educators Association. The session titled "Coping with Hearing Loss in the Music Education Setting: Teacher and Student", was also accepted to be presented at the very prestigious 2018 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL in December. January 2020 will mark the return for Mr. Ercilla to present at the Florida Music Educators Conference along with presenting a session at the 2020 Kentucky Music Educators Conference being held in Louisville, Kentucky in February.
Mr. Ercilla holds a Professional Certificate in Music K-12, and is also a active member of the Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, the Miami Dade County Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).