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Friday, January 20, 2017

Conference Schedule

Note: See tabs below for individual session details.

  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM – Conference Registration | Visit NAMM
  • 10:30 – 11:20 AM – Session I
  • 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM – Session II
  • 12:20 – 1:10 PM – Visit Exhibitors (Grand Ballroom Foyer)
  • 1:15 – 2:05 PM – Session III
  • 2:15 – 3:05 PM – Session IV
  • 3:15 – 4:05 PM – Session V

Keynote

  • 5:00 – 6:30 PM – Inclusive Listening with Evelyn Glennie (Grand Ballroom)
  • 7:00 – 9:00 PM – The Killer Dueling Piano Guys

Note: Taco Bar and beverages will be available in the Grand Ballroom during the keynote and social time.

Hyatt Regency Orange County

Honor Group Rehearsals

  • HS Wind Ensemble in Grand Ballroom E-G – 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • HS Symphonic Band in Garden 2-3 – 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • HS Orchestra in Grand A – 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • MS Honor Jazz in Salon VII-VIII – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • HS Honor Jazz in Harbor Room – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • HS Jazz All-Stars in Pacific Room – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tracks

Cover It Up: How to Teach Going Over the Break to Young Clarinet Players (Clarinets Provided)
-Neil Anderson, Presiding
String Pedagogy for Band Directors w/ Panel of Educators (Bring Your Violin)
-Yeon Choi, Presiding
Developing Your Low Brass in the Elementary Setting w/ Sean Reusch
-Joe Dudek, Presiding
Sean Reusch
About Sean Reusch
Third generation trombonist, Sean Reusch has enjoyed a varied career, both as a performer and an educator and enjoys performing many types of music including solo, chamber, orchestral, studio, commercial, musical theater, and jazz. Originally from Toms River, NJ, Sean was a founding member of the internationally touring brass quintet, Presidio Brass. He has performed with many groups including the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Redlands Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Boston Brass, and the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Sean has performed with artists such as Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck, Johnny Mathis, David Sanborn, Bernadette Peters, Eddie Daniels, Natalie Cole, Peter Cetera, and Marvin Hamlisch. Sean has been heard in the pits of Book of Mormon, Kiss Me Kate, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Motown, Cinderella, Pippin, Kinky Boots, Newsies, and the Lion King. He is currently a member of the Nittany Trombone Quartet and the Millennia Consort.

As an educator, Sean enjoys working with students of all ages. He taught trombone at UCSD, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego State University, and Palomar College, and currently teaches at the Idyllwild Arts Academy during the summer. Sean maintains a large private low brass studio, many of which have gone on to major in music in college. Sean has presented master classes around the United States including Penn State University, Louisiana State University, University of Delaware, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal State Northridge. Sean resides in Carlsbad, California, with his wife, Bridget, and two children, Miles and Ruby.

Rhythm Section Technique for the Non-Jazz Musician w/ Matt Harris
-Justin Padilla, Presiding
Description
In this session you will learn the key components to creating the proper sound and “feel” in your rhythm section whether it is a middle school, intermediate high school, or advanced high school jazz band.
Matt Harris
About Matt Harris
Matt Harris graduated with a BM from the University of Miami and a MM from the Eastman School of Music. He moved to Los Angeles after touring, writing, and recording with jazz legends Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. Matt is the co-director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Northridge.
Ukulele: The Way to Start It All – A Hands-On Approach to the Ukulele in the General Music Classroom w/ Glen Kamida
-Jason Marshall, Presiding
Conducting Your Way to a Better Classroom with John Carnahan
-Curt Richardson, Presiding
John Carnahan
About John Carnahan
John Alan Carnahan is Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Prior to his appointment at Long Beach, Mr. Carnahan served as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Texas, Arlington and Director of Bands at Clovis High School in Clovis, California.

Professor Carnahan brings a broad knowledge and extensive background to all idioms of instrumental music performance. His university ensembles have gained widespread notoriety for distinctive performance quality and imaginative musical interpretation. The Los Angeles Times hailed the University Wind Symphony as, “thoroughly disciplined and euphonious!”

In addition to his university duties, Professor Carnahan is highly active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, lecturer, and composer/arranger. He has conducted concerts in Europe, Australia, Japan, and Korea, as well as countless honor band performances throughout the country. He also serves as a music/performance consultant for the renowned Dallas Brass.

Professor Carnahan has presented numerous clinics and performance demonstrations for national conferences and music education organizations across the nation including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. His innovative and thought-provoking sessions on ensemble rehearsal techniques and the art of conducting are always well received.

As a composer, Professor Carnahan’s wind band compositions can be found in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, and are published by Manhattan Beach and C. Alan Publications. He was the award-winner of the College Band Director’s National Association Young Band Composition Contest in 2007 with his composition, …and the antelope play.

Tracks

The Saxophone Quartet Within Your Ensemble w/ Damon Zick
-Neil Anderson, Presiding
Description
Led by CSU Fullerton Saxophone Instructor Damon Zick and featuring the CSU Fullerton Wind Symphony Saxophone section, this session will explore how to get the most out of your saxophone section.
Damon Zick
About Damon Zick
Damon Zick is Instructor of Saxophone at CSU Fullerton and has performed clinics and master classes at colleges across the U.S. Saxophone performance credits include Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Encore Saxophone Quartet, among others. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and Cal Arts.
Rhythmic Literacy for String Players w/ Pin Chen
-Yeon Choi, Presiding
Description
School orchestras are not generally known for their rhythmic precision. Learn a variety of teaching tips and games to improve your string players’ rhythmic reading and prowess.
Pin Chen
About Pin Chen
Pin Chen began studying violin at age six and has been teaching violin/viola lessons since age 14. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and a Master of Music with Conducting Specialization from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Chen is currently Orchestra Director at Arcadia High School, President/Founder of Crescendo Young Musicians Guild, and PYSO String Orchestra Conductor.
Beginning Percussion w/ Steve Graves
-Phil Mortensen, Presiding
Steve Graves
About Steve Graves
Steve Graves is currently in his 14th year as the band director at Lexington Junior High School in Cypress, and prior to that was the director at Ball Junior High in Anaheim for 14 years. Active as an adjudicator and clinician, he has been a field and concert contest adjudicator for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association since 1989, and was awarded the Outstanding Adjudicator and Veteran Teacher awards by that association. He is also a frequent clinician at both their annual conference and judges training seminars. He has also adjudicated for the Southern California Judging Association, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, and the American Drum Line Association. He is a multi-time recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” and PTSA “Honorary Service” awards.

Employed as a musician at Disneyland for sixteen years, he continues to be active as a performer with local community bands, and also plays regularly with a rock group and a rhythm and blues band.

Mr. Graves holds a bachelors degree in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Arts degree in Band Conducting from the American Band College at Sam Houston State University.

Beyond the Blues Scale: A Practical Approach to Jazz Improvisation w/ Bruce Babad
-Justin Padilla, Presiding
Description
Whether you are a beginning improviser or experienced bebopper, Bruce Babad will have you laughing your way to jazz readiness. In this session you will learn simple ways to get your students to improvise over common chord progressions.
Bruce Babad
About Bruce Babad
Bruce Babad is Coordinator of Jazz/Commercial Studies at Fullerton College and adjunct Professor of Saxophone for Biola University. As a professional woodwind artist, Bruce has toured, performed, and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Mel Lewis, Natalie Cole, Bill Holman, Les Hooper and a host of other great artists spanning multiple genres. His first CD, A Tribute to Paul Desmond held the #2 spot on jazz radio airplay for several weeks. He can also be heard with the Grammy nominated Bill Holman Band, and the Cannonball/Coltrane Project. As an educator, Bruce brings his joy and excitement to everything he teaches. He delivers solid information and humor to every clinic, performance, and class.
Dressing Up the Pig: Tips on Engaging Students While Maintaining an Effective Rehearsal with Jim Hahn
-Scott Domingues, Presiding
Jim Hahn
About Jim Hahn
James Hahn, a native of Philadelphia, earned his Bachelors degree on full scholarship at West Chester University and his Masters degree on full scholarship at Temple University. After graduation Jim was on world tour with Glenn Miller Orchestra playing lead alto and clarinet and performed at the grand opening of EPCOT Center and Tokyo Disneyland. Jim has been performing at Disneyland since 1987 in several shows, the Disneyland Big Band, and now with the Swing Machine.

Jim has been teaching at Tuffree Middle School for 31 years and the program has grown from 32 musicians to well over 250, increased the orchestra size 10 fold and started the jazz program. His band has performed at the CMEA convention and Jim has presented several clinics about middle school jazz. and also is a mentor for his 28th student teacher this year and deems this a huge honor.

Jim’s bands have performed with Eric Marienthal, Louie Bellson, Gordon Goodwin, Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, Tom Ranier, Chuck Findley, Alex Hahn, Bill Liston, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, to name a few.

Jim is a three time Grammy nominated music educator, was awarded the Irene Schopefle Orange County Lifetime Achievement Award in Music Education, named to Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, is the West Coast coordinator for Music in the Parks, the largest music festival company in the USA and also the Music Advisor and Master of Ceremonies for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

If You Build It (An Expanded Curriculum), They Will Come w/ Dan Zanutto
-Curt Richardson, Presiding
Description
This session will highlight progressive changes in music education, including rationale and strategies for creating ensembles that appeal to a wider population of music makers by blending alternative learning styles with popular/vernacular music, mariachi, technology, etc. If you build it, they will come!
Dan Zanutto
About Dan Zanutto
Daniel Zanutto is the Director of Music Education for the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. He joined the university in 1999 after an 18-year teaching career in K-12 schools. Dr. Zanutto received his B.A. (Music Education) and M.A. (Conducting) degrees from CSU Fresno, and his Ed.D. (Education) at UC Davis – CSU Fresno.

In 2014, Dr. Zanutto developed the innovative Emerging Methods courses that introduce informal teaching strategies and vernacular music into formal music education preparation. In addition to teaching music education courses, he also advises the credentialing process and directs student teacher placement and development at CSU, Long Beach.

As a K-12 music educator, his student ensembles received multiple performance invitations to California state music conferences and earned 13 DownBeat Student Awards in Jazz and Classical performance. He currently serves as a board member for the Association for Popular Music Education, served on the California State CMEA Board as an Area President, and is a past member of the California Arts Project.

Tracks

Your Assessment Program in Band: From Big Picture to Nuts and Bolts – The Tools to Help You Inspect What You Expect w/ David Betancourt (Bring Instruments)
-Neil Anderson, Presiding
Description
Whether you are a seasoned director or just starting out, plan to attend this session to contribute, participate, and reflect on the purpose of your program and the challenges we face in providing an inclusive, high-quality music education experience for students. The focus of the session will be on providing solutions to overarching program expectations while also addressing day-to-day applications.
David Betancourt
About David Betancourt
David Betancourt has been the Director of Bands at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California since 1998. Dr. Betancourt was recognized as Outstanding Faculty in 2015 and Most Outstanding Faculty in 2016. Whether he is rehearsing his own ensembles, conducting an honor band, presenting at leadership or music conferences, or giving a keynote address, his passion for “teaching about life through music with positive forward momentum” is a central theme that is woven into his career and lifestyle.
Methods for Peak Performance and Musicality in the Classroom w/ Jason Bonham
-Yeon Choi, Presiding
Basic Woodwind Session w/ HeeJeong Przytulski
-Jason Marshall, Presiding
Practical Solutions for Jazz Rehearsal w/ Gary Matsura
-Justin Padilla, Presiding
Description
Teaching from bell to bell is important but what and how you teach is more important. Gary Matsura will share wisdom of how to get the most out of your time with the band.
Gary Matsura
About Gary Matsura
Gary Matsuura enjoys an active career as composer, arranger, music educator, and performer of saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. He has served as music director, arranger, and lead woodwind with the Tokyo Disneyland Band, and in the same capacity for other professional productions. A dedicated music educator, Mr. Matsuura has been teaching for over 40 years. For 24 years, he has been on faculty at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University; where he established the Chapman University Big Band and Jazz Combo (now directed by Albert Alva) and the current curriculum for classical and jazz saxophone, jazz improvisation, and woodwind pedagogy. He is also a frequent adjudicator and clinician at scholastic jazz festivals.
How to Make Rhythms Stick w/ Ria Kubota
-Scott Domingues, Presiding
Description
Experiment with 40+ innovative ways to improve rhythm fluency for all types of learners. Use movement, games, and apps to captivate your student’s interest, while improving their sight-reading and performance skills.
About Ria Kubota
Ria Kubota instructs 4th-8th grade orchestra in Glendora USD. Before Glendora she taught at Oaks MS, Polytechnic School, and Clifton MS. She’s currently on staff at Bellis Music Camp, and previously conducted the PYSO String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. As a percussionist, Kubota earned a B.M. and M.M.Ed. from USC.
Engaging ALL Students: Strategies When Working with Behavior/Attention Issues and Special Needs w/ Andrea Chattler
Description
Today’s presentation, “Common Problem Behaviors and How to Manage them,” identifies common problem behaviors, helps you understand why students engage in those particular behaviors, and provides you with strategies that you can take to the classroom to support the success of your students.
-Pete Jackson, Presiding
Andrea Chattler
About Andrea Chattler
Andrea Chattler grew up in Seal Beach, CA. In addition to playing vibraphone in the school jazz band from 6th-12th grade, she also participated in the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) honor jazz bands and the California Band Directors Association (CBDA) state jazz band. In 2015, Andrea received her Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. In April 2016, she also trained and received her certificate in Neurologic Music Therapy. As a professional board-certified music therapist, Andrea has spent the majority of her time serving individuals with developmental disabilities, including Autism, Downs Syndrome and Williams Syndrome. To better address the needs of her clients, she sought out educational opportunities to better understand how to support those students with behavioral needs. With several Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) style training’s under her belt, she has implemented several strategies to assist her students better acclimate to the classroom environment.

Tracks

Beyond the 7C: A Hands-On Approach to Starting Trumpet Players w/ Dr. Walt Simonsen (Trumpets Provided)
-Rita Watson, Presiding
Expanding Bow Technique for More Sound, Color, and Excitement w/ Jason Bonham
-Yeon Choi, Presiding
De-Stressing Your Day: A Guide to Classroom Management for the Elementary Teacher w/ Glen Kamida
-Jason Marshall, Presiding
Do You Hear What I Hear: Listening to, Analyzing, and Describing the Jazz Ensemble Sounds w/ Charlie Richard
-Justin Padilla, Presiding
Description
How do you get the Basie sound? What made Duke Ellington’s band sound so rich and full of character? Why does the Big Phat Band sound so appealing? Whether you are familiar with the workings of jazz writing or not, Charlie Richard will unlock the secrets to getting your students to play what is written with the proper approach to achieve the “Right Sound.”
Charlie Richard
About Charlie Richard
Charlie Richard is a Professor of Music at Riverside City College. He directs Jazz Ensemble I and teaches studio saxophone and improvisation. Richard received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from California State University, Los Angeles, where he studied composition and arranging with Bob Curnow, David Caffey, and William Hill. Richard later completed graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied saxophone with Harvey Pittel and composition and arranging with Rick Lawn. Mr. Richard is on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Jazz Camp and his compositions are available from Walrus Publications.
For the Level: Adjudication Considerations with Young and Developing Ensembles w/ Jonathan Peske
-Brendan McBrien, Presiding
Description
How do we judge a young ensemble that doesn’t sound like Eastman? Or one with missing instruments? How do we offer feedback to young students that will both inform and inspire them to improve? (For Adjudicators and Teachers)
Jonathan Peske
About Jonathan Peske
Jonathan M. Peske has taught grades 5-8 band in the Etiwanda School District since 2002. He has presented multiple times at SCSBOA conferences and is an active adjudicator for both district and regional SCSBOA festivals. He loves empowering students to experience the joy of making music.
Overused and Abused Classroom Strategies and What to Do Instead w/ Dr. Marc Dickey
-Melissa Palmer

Tracks

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun: A Hands-On Approach to Beginning Oboe w/ Vicki Lee (Bring an Oboe With You!)
-Becky Othmer, Presiding
Chamber Music for All w/ the Hausmann Quartet
-Yeon Choi, Presiding
Description
Chamber Music for All, by the Hausmann Quartet, will include live performance, a mini-masterclass with local students, demonstration of techniques for teaching string instruments, as well as universal ensemble skills applicable to students of all levels and instruments.
Hausmann Quartet
About the Hausmann Quartet
The Hausmann Quartet has established itself as an integral part of the cultural life of Southern California since its arrival in San Diego in 2010. As faculty Artists-in-Residence at San Diego State University, they teach and organize the chamber music program and visit local schools for concerts and clinics on behalf of the School of Music and Dance.
Managing Your Program: A Panel Discussion
-Pete Jackson, Presiding
Smaller Is Sometimes Better: The Case for Jazz Combos in Your Program w/ Brad Davis
-Justin Padilla, Presiding
Description
We all know improvisation can make or break the band but how do we get the students to become better improvisers? Brad Davis will share his experience with forming a jazz combo culture and how you can too.
Brad Davis
About Brad Davis
Bradley Davis is currently in his 10th year of teaching at Esperanza High School in Anaheim. Beginning as an Assistant Director at EHS, Brad currently oversees the Esperanza Entertainment Unit as Director to its 100+ students who are actively involved in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz I, Jazz II, Jazz III, and Colorguard.

As a teacher his favorite performances have come from having ensembles grace the stages of such venues as the 2014 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, a command encore at the Reno Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, winning the Charles Mingus Jazz Festival in 2016, and Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the 2012 Essentially Ellington Festival.

How to Provide an Outstanding Festival Clinic w/ Michael Stone
-Brendan McBrien, Presiding
Michael Stone
About Michael Stone
Michael D. Stone earned the B.A. in Music Education/Performance and the M.Ed. in Education from University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Stone serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Bakersfield City School District. As the arts administrator for the district, he oversees arts programs at 31 elementary schools, six middle schools, and two junior high schools. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Stone served for over 14 years as instrumental music teacher at Chipman Junior High School, also in the Bakersfield City School District.

Chipman bands and orchestras consistently earned Unanimous Superior Ratings at California Music Educators Association (CMEA) ratings festivals during his tenure. Chipman ensembles performed at the state conferences of CMEA and California Band Directors Association (CBDA). Mr. Stone was featured in the January 1999 issue of The Instrumentalist Magazine, and has written several articles for the magazine since that time. During the summer of 1998, he was awarded the prestigious “Fellowship in Music Education” at Northwestern University. In March of 2009, Mr. Stone served as an Online Mentor for the Music Educators National Conference National Council of Supervisors of Music Education. In 2016, Mr. Stone authored a blog post entitled “Mentoring New Music Educators for Lifelong Success in the Profession” for the National Association for Music Education, or NAfME.

Under his leadership, Bakersfield City School District was named a 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. The District’s Music In Our Schools Week instrumental music recruitment program received a 2014 Golden Bell Award of the California School Boards Association, the only from Kern County. In October of 2015, Mr. Stone was recognized by the Arts Council of Kern as its Outstanding Arts Educator at its Accomplishments Awards Gala.

Mr. Stone is President of CMEA, and a Past President of California Band Directors Association (CBDA), CMEA Central Section, and the Kern County Music Educators Association (KCMEA). He has also served in an adjunct capacity at California State University, Bakersfield, teaching instrumental music methods to undergraduates. Mr. Stone holds active memberships in many professional organizations, including The National Association for Music Education, CBDA, CMEA, KCMEA, and Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. He was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association in 2001.Mr. Stone is a euphoniumist and trombonist, and is a founding member of the Bakersfield Winds, a symphonic wind ensemble.

Active as an adjudicator and guest conductor, Mr. Stone has conducted honor bands and orchestras throughout California, as well as in Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon. Recent guest conducting engagements include the 2016 Washoe County Middle Honor Band in Reno, Nevada, and the 2016 Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Stairway of the Stars Honors Concert. He has served for many years as a guest conductor at the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in California’s Sonoma County.

Making Musical Connections: Stuff You Need to Know to Excel in the Music Education Profession w/ Jim Hahn
-Cathy Olinger, Presiding
Jim Hahn
About Jim Hahn
James Hahn, a native of Philadelphia, earned his Bachelors degree on full scholarship at West Chester University and his Masters degree on full scholarship at Temple University. After graduation Jim was on world tour with Glenn Miller Orchestra playing lead alto and clarinet and performed at the grand opening of EPCOT Center and Tokyo Disneyland. Jim has been performing at Disneyland since 1987 in several shows, the Disneyland Big Band, and now with the Swing Machine.

Jim has been teaching at Tuffree Middle School for 31 years and the program has grown from 32 musicians to well over 250, increased the orchestra size 10 fold and started the jazz program. His band has performed at the CMEA convention and Jim has presented several clinics about middle school jazz. and also is a mentor for his 28th student teacher this year and deems this a huge honor.

Jim’s bands have performed with Eric Marienthal, Louie Bellson, Gordon Goodwin, Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, Tom Ranier, Chuck Findley, Alex Hahn, Bill Liston, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, to name a few.

Jim is a three time Grammy nominated music educator, was awarded the Irene Schopefle Orange County Lifetime Achievement Award in Music Education, named to Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, is the West Coast coordinator for Music in the Parks, the largest music festival company in the USA and also the Music Advisor and Master of Ceremonies for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Conference Schedule

Note: See tabs below for individual session details.

  • 7:00 – 8:00 AM – Conference Registration | Visit Exhibitors | University of Phoenix Registration  | Coffee and Doughnuts
  • 8:30 – 9:20 AM – Session I
  • 9:00 AM – Elementary Honor Band Concert (Grand Ballroom)
  • 9:30 – 10:20 AM – Session II
  • 10:00 AM – Elementary Honor Orchestra Concert (Grand Ballroom)
  • 10:50 – 11:10 AM – Visit Exhibitors (Grand Ballroom Foyer)
  • 10:40 – 11:30 AM – Session III
  • 11:45 AM – Lunch (Royal Ballrooms)
  • 1:10 – 2:00 PM – Session IV
  • 2:10 – 3:00 PM – Session V
  • 3:10 – 4:00 PM – Session VI
Hyatt Regency Orange County

Honor Group Rehearsals

  • MS Full Orchestra and MS Band at Embassy Suites – 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
  • MS Orchestra at OC Hyatt, Terrace Rooms – 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
  • HS Wind Ensemble in Grand Ballroom E-G – 1:00 – 9:00 PM
  • HS Symphonic Band in Garden 1-3 – 1:00 – 9:00 PM
  • HS Orchestra in Grand A – 1:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Jazz Honor Band Concert at the Hilton – 7:00 PM

Tracks

The Elephant in the Room: Keys to Switching Students to Tuba w/ Matt Provino and Phillip Herrera
-Neil Anderson, Presiding
Description
So you have 35 clarinets and no tubas for festival, and you do not have money to hire an instructor. Join us and 20+ tubas in a room to learn how to fix this problem.
Matthew Provino
About Matthew Provino and Phillip Herrera
Phillip Herrera (BM–USC, MM–USC) and Matthew Provino (BA–CSUF, MM–ABC/SHSU, 2015 HLPUSD Teacher of the Year District Finalist) are band directors that have been switching and starting middle and high school students to tubain Southern California for over two decades. We both play tuba also, bonus.
Phillip Herrera
Shifting in the Beginning Strings Classroom (Part 1) w/ Christy Alesi (Bring Your Instrument)
-Randy Gilpin, Presiding
About Christy Alesi
Christy Alesi is a violist and violinist with more than 30 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. She has a BA in Music Education from San Diego State University and did her graduate studies at the University of California, Irvine. She maintains a private studio of 15-20 students year-round. She is the assistant director at La Paz Intermediate School in Mission Viejo, as well as a String Specialist for the Saddleback Unified School District. Christy is an active performer, playing in the South Coast Symphony for over 20 years, and performing regularly at weddings. Currently she is a member of Symphony Irvine.
Reading Session w/ Esperanza HS
-Justin Padilla, Presiding
Becoming a Recorder Superstar w/ Darci Gibson (Bring a Recorder)
-Scott Domingues, Presiding
Description
In this session we will learn a variety of techniques to get students playing on the first day, keep students motivated, and address the needs of your advanced students or special learners. This will be a hands-on class, so bring your recorder (I will have a few new ones that may be borrowed for the session) and be ready to play!
Darci Gibson
About Darci Gibson
Darci Gibson is a native to Orange County and began singing and playing the piano at a young age. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Chapman University and her Master of Music in Opera Performance from UCLA. She later returned to Chapman University for her Single-Subject Credential in Music. She is currently teaching elementary vocal music in the Garden Grove Unified School District and has taught classes in general music, chorus, and special learners for the past 15 years./toggle]
Non-Traditional Ensembles in the Traditional Classroom w/ Danielle Collins
-Joe Dudek, Presiding
Description
We will investigate how teachers in Southern California have successfully implemented non-traditional ensembles in their secondary programs. Topics include class offerings, comfort levels, curricula, class structure, repertoire, preparation time, teaching strategies, and financial costs involved.
Danielle Collins
About Danielle Collins
Danielle is the Director of Instrumental Music at Rosemead High School in the Los Angeles area. She is also the co-founder of Pulse Percussion, Inc., currently serving as the Board President. Danielle is a member of the California Band Directors Association Board of Directors, and currently works for the LA County Office of Education as a Support Provider for new teachers. She currently acts as VAPA coordinator for the El Monte Union High School District.

Danielle served as Executive Director of Pulse for two years and Ensemble Director to Pulse from 2008-2011. Pulse has won the WGI Independent World Championships three times and has been in the top five every year since the organization’s inception. Danielle also helped develop POW Percussion, Independent Open bronze medalists their first year, now World Class finalists each year.

Danielle received both her MFA in Music Education and Bachelor of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach, with an emphasis on percussion and non-traditional ensembles. She is presenting at the University of Berkley in June at the 2016 conference of APME (Association for Popular Music Educators), at the 2016 Nevada Music Educator Conference in Tahoe, and locally in Southern California.

Preparing Young Groups for a Positive Festival Experience w/ Jonathan Peske
-Brendan McBrien, Presiding
Jonathan Peske
About Jonathan Peske
Jonathan M. Peske has taught grades 5-8 band in the Etiwanda School District since 2002. He has presented multiple times at SCSBOA conferences and is an active adjudicator for both district and regional SCSBOA festivals. He loves empowering students to experience the joy of making music.
Exploring the New SmartMusic and How Your Students Can Benefit w/ Mike Ferry
-Jason Marshall, Presiding

Tracks

Tracy Harris Flute Method
-Neil Anderson, Presiding
Description
Yamaha Flute Artist/Clinician Tracy Harris presents an interactive session detailing her critically acclaimed Flute/Piccolo Method. Her proven and easy-to-implement techniques assist/empower music educators and their flute/piccolo players to perform at their absolute best.
Tracy Harris
About Tracy Harris
Tracy Harris is an international flute soloist, recording artist, author, Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician and Adjunct Flute at College of the Sequoias. Ms. Harris has presented her innovative flute techniques at national conventions such as NAFME, TMEA, NFA and CASMEC and has two books for band flutists in publication.
Shifting in the Beginning Strings Classroom (Part 2) w/ Christy Alesi (Bring Your Instrument)
-Randy Gilpin, Presiding
About Christy Alesi
Christy Alesi is a violist and violinist with more than 30 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. She has a BA in Music Education from San Diego State University and did her graduate studies at the University of California, Irvine. She maintains a private studio of 15-20 students year-round. She is the assistant director at La Paz Intermediate School in Mission Viejo, as well as a String Specialist for the Saddleback Unified School District. Christy is an active performer, playing in the South Coast Symphony for over 20 years, and performing regularly at weddings. Currently she is a member of Symphony Irvine.
Tips and Tricks for Mastering the Language of Jazz w/ Dr. Kenneth Foerch
-Justin Padilla, Presiding
Description
If jazz is a language then we know it can be learned through interaction with its sounds, vocabulary, and common phrases. Let Dr. Kenneth Foerch show you how to present the language in a way that is easy to understand and replicate.
Kenneth Foerch
About Dr. Kenneth Foerch
Dr. Kenneth R. Foerch is the director of the Vanguard University Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Combo. His teaching areas include woodwind studies, jazz studies, advanced conducting, and beginning music theory. Dr. Kenneth R. Foerch is a freelance studio musician, performer, and instructor in the Los Angeles area. He performs as an extra saxophonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the direction on Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Solonen, Zubin Mehta, John Williams, and others. He has appeared with the L.A. Master Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the Long Beach Municipal Band. He has also appeared with some of today’s leading jazz artists, including Shelly Berg, Carmen Bradford, Ndugu Chancler, and Bill Watrous. Ken continues his work with noted composers such as Andrea Morricone.
Boomwhackers: The Big Bank for the Baby Budget
-Scott Domingues, Presiding
Sharpening Your Interview Skills w/ Stacy Harris
-Joe Dudek, Presiding
Description
Whether you’re looking for that first gig or just looking for something different, developing your interview skills is crucial to your success in landing your new position. Come learn some strategies for presenting your best self to potential employers.
Stacy Harris
About Stacy Harris
Stacy Harris serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Garden Grove Unified School District, where she oversees the VAPA programs in over 60 K-12 schools. Prior to that, Stacy taught instrumental music in GGUSD for nine years at the elementary through high school levels. She holds masters degrees from CSU Fullerton (Administrative Leadership) and Southern Oregon University (Conducting).
Music and Common Core: The More You Know w/ Armalyn De La O
-Curt Richardson, Presiding
The Google Classroom: How to Use It to your Advantage w/ Sarah Owen
-Jason Marshall, Presiding

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Hands-On Percussion w/ Steve Graves, Gary Wampler, and Rich Watson
-Jason Marshall, Presiding
Steve Graves
About Steve Graves
Steve Graves is currently in his 14th year as the band director at Lexington Junior High School in Cypress, and prior to that was the director at Ball Junior High in Anaheim for 14 years. Active as an adjudicator and clinician, he has been a field and concert contest adjudicator for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association since 1989, and was awarded the Outstanding Adjudicator and Veteran Teacher awards by that association. He is also a frequent clinician at both their annual conference and judges training seminars. He has also adjudicated for the Southern California Judging Association, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, and the American Drum Line Association. He is a multi-time recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” and PTSA “Honorary Service” awards.

Employed as a musician at Disneyland for sixteen years, he continues to be active as a performer with local community bands, and also plays regularly with a rock group and a rhythm and blues band.

Mr. Graves holds a bachelors degree in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Arts degree in Band Conducting from the American Band College at Sam Houston State University.

Gary Wampler
About Gary Wampler
Gary Wampler has 38 years of experience as a director of instrumental music where his ensembles received sweepstake awards each year, numerous festival superior ratings and championship titles. He currently principal percussionist with the Laguna Concert Band: timpani, drum kit, snare, and other needed percussion instruments. Mr. Wampler is also a substitute percussionist for other local community concert bands including sight-reading concerts. He plays with three Big Bands and at age 14, he was a substitute drummer with the Lawrence Welk Band for a two-hour gig at the Hollywood Palladium. Mr. Wampler has also recorded percussion for a short film at Capitol Records: Studio A.

Mr. Wampler received: Teach of the Year in 2007 at Fountain Valley HS, Marina HS Staff Hall of Fame, Who’s Who of Teachers, and numerous Service and Educator of the Year Awards. He coordinated his bands in 12 TV commercials and with the Gwen Stafani, “Hollaback Girl” Music Video.

Gary Wampler marched three years playing snare in the Disneyland “Fantasy on Parade” Toy Soldier Band in the 1970’s. He was a snare drummer with the 1972 DCI World Champion Kingsmen including marching snare with the Kingsmen Alumni Corps during the 2007 DCI Championships at the Rose Bowl.

Mr. Wampler retired in 2014 from Fountain Valley after 32 years and is now an active Band Clinician in Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz, and Marching Band. He also is a Music Booster Club Consultant improving booster originations. Mr. Wampler is a Field and Festival Adjudicator with SCSBOA for the past 32 years and adjudicates with several other judging associations.

String Warm-Ups and Strategies for Improving the Accuracy and Artistry in Orchestra w/ Peter Park
-Melissa Palmer, Presiding
Teaching Jazz Improv for the Non-Jazz Musician w/ Bruce Babad
-Justin Padilla, Presiding
Description
Improvisation is a part of the DNA of jazz but isn’t always in our DNA. Bruce Babad has just the right solution for you and your band to have fun while learning to improvise and sound great.
Bruce Babad
About Bruce Babad
Bruce Babad is Coordinator of Jazz/Commercial Studies at Fullerton College and adjunct Professor of Saxophone for Biola University. As a professional woodwind artist, Bruce has toured, performed, and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Mel Lewis, Natalie Cole, Bill Holman, Les Hooper and a host of other great artists spanning multiple genres. His first CD, A Tribute to Paul Desmond held the #2 spot on jazz radio airplay for several weeks. He can also be heard with the Grammy nominated Bill Holman Band, and the Cannonball/Coltrane Project. As an educator, Bruce brings his joy and excitement to everything he teaches. He delivers solid information and humor to every clinic, performance, and class.
K-3 Music and Working with Special Needs Kids w/ Gayle Bentley and Carly Hancock
-Pete Jackson, Presiding
Choose Your Words Wisely: How to Integrate Musical Concepts Into Rehearsals w/ David Betancourt
-Joe Dudek, Presiding
Description
Bring your instruments and get ready to rehearse! This session will demonstrate fast-paced, efficient rehearsal techniques, while embedding the teaching of musical elements and concepts in rehearsals through practiced communication. You’ll rehearse (or observe) and participate in the sharing of techniques and ideas, in real time. We won’t just talk about it, we’ll do it!
David Betancourt
About David Betancourt
David Betancourt has been the Director of Bands at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California since 1998. Dr. Betancourt was recognized as Outstanding Faculty in 2015 and Most Outstanding Faculty in 2016. Whether he is rehearsing his own ensembles, conducting an honor band, presenting at leadership or music conferences, or giving a keynote address, his passion for “teaching about life through music with positive forward momentum” is a central theme that is woven into his career and lifestyle.
Incorporating a History of Rock Class Into Your Music Program w/ Dr. Patricia Cornett
-Curt Richardson, Presiding
Description
This session will explore the benefits of adding a History of Rock class to your existing offerings, as well as strategies for successfully teaching this course.
Patricia Cornett
About Dr. Patricia Cornett
Patricia Cornett is the Interim Director of Bands at Cal State Fullerton where she conducts the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and teaches courses in conducting, music education, and rock history. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Cornett taught at Essex High School in Essex Junction, Vermont from 2007-2010 where she conducted three concert bands, jazz band, and taught courses in guitar and history of rock. She was also the band director at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls, Connecticut, from 2003-2005.
App-etizers for Lunch w/ Mike Freed
-Neil Anderson, Presiding

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Percussion Session w/ David Whitman
-Curt Richardson, Presiding
Description
Quick fixes, simple truths, and pedagogical tricks that can help improve your percussion section and/or your teaching. Specific, simple, and detailed “do’s and don’ts.” Includes some performance; snare drum, marimba, triangle, tambourine, cymbals, and others.
David Whitman
About David Whitman
Dr. David Whitman is music faculty at San Diego State University, Adjunct Percussion Faculty at San Diego Christian College, Arts Department Chair for Guajome Schools. San Diego Symphony, Meridian Symphony, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Geoff Keezer, Itzhak Perlman and many others. International Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences and Remo Artist/Educator.
Capitol Quartet Session Sponsored By Yamaha Education
-Yeon Choi, Presiding
Drumset Etiquette: A Sense of Tonality w/ Chad Wackerman
-Justin Padilla, Presiding
Description
The drum set; it can be the driving force or the flat tire in your ensemble. Who better to show you how to get your drummers to play appropriately than one of the best of all time… Chad Wackerman.
Chad Wackerman
About Chad Wackerman
A phenomenally skilled jazz and rock drummer, Chad’s professional career began in 1978 with the Bill Watrous band. Since then he has amassed a remarkable body of work including a seven year association with Frank Zappa, with whom he toured the USA and Europe and recorded 26 albums including the London Symphony recordings. Chad has also toured with James Taylor, John Patitucci, Joe Sample, Banned From Utopia and The World Drummers Ensemble (Bill Bruford, Luis Conte, Dou Dou Ndiaye Rose and Chad Wackerman). Chad’s drumming combines the power and conviction of rock with the sensitivity and finesse of jazz. His playing is remarkably free of predictable patterns and licks, relying instead on invention and interplay with the musicians around him.
K-5 Kid-Tested and Approved Vocal, Movement, and Instrumental (Non-Pitched) Activities (Part 1) w/ Sharon Evans
-Becky Othmer, Presiding
Sharon Evans
About Sharon Evans
Sharon Evans has been teaching music since 1983 and has been teaching TK-3 music at Capistrano USD since 2015. Evans received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey and completed her California Clear Credential at California State University, San Marcos. Her principal instrument is voice, although she also plays the piano, trumpet, and guitar. Over the years she has taught K-12 music in both public and private schools with an emphasis on choral music and music appreciation in Massachusetts and California. She has also has been ringing and directing handbell groups for over 30 years and was delighted to start handbell programs in grades 4-12 at most of her schools.

In 2011 she received the regional California Association of Music Educators (CMEA) Outstanding General Music Educator Award, Southern Border Section, for inspiring students to the highest levels of music education, appreciation, and performance along with the FORTISSIMO Choice Award for excellence in music education. In 2012 she received the CMEA Peripole-Bergerault State General Music Educator Award, honoring excellence in general classroom music education. Evans was a member of the San Diego Master Chorale for many years and has performed solos and participated in voice recitals. She served as a Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) teacher and President and board member for the San Diego American Orff Schulwerk Association Chapter.

Keeping It Fresh: Innovation Cures Complacency w/ Eric Weirather
-Pete Jackson, Presiding
Description
What is the “next level” for you and your program? How do you stay innovative and keep motivated? This session will be good for both new and experienced directors.
Eric Weirather
About Eric Weirather
Eric Weirather received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education at the University of Illinois and his Masters degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Arizona. Mr. Weirather is completing his twenty-third year as a public music educator. He is currently the director of bands at Rancho Buena Vista High School (17 years), conductor of the California State University, San Marcos Wind Ensemble and on the applied facility at Palomar College. He is also co-founder of the professional wind band, the San Diego Winds, and co-director of the San Diego Summer Music Institute – a music camp for middle- and high school-aged students held in partnership with San Diego State University.
How to Provide an Outstanding Festival Clinic w/ Michael Stone
-Brendan McBrien, Presiding
Michael Stone
About Michael Stone
Michael D. Stone earned the B.A. in Music Education/Performance and the M.Ed. in Education from University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Stone serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Bakersfield City School District. As the arts administrator for the district, he oversees arts programs at 31 elementary schools, six middle schools, and two junior high schools. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Stone served for over 14 years as instrumental music teacher at Chipman Junior High School, also in the Bakersfield City School District.

Chipman bands and orchestras consistently earned Unanimous Superior Ratings at California Music Educators Association (CMEA) ratings festivals during his tenure. Chipman ensembles performed at the state conferences of CMEA and California Band Directors Association (CBDA). Mr. Stone was featured in the January 1999 issue of The Instrumentalist Magazine, and has written several articles for the magazine since that time. During the summer of 1998, he was awarded the prestigious “Fellowship in Music Education” at Northwestern University. In March of 2009, Mr. Stone served as an Online Mentor for the Music Educators National Conference National Council of Supervisors of Music Education. In 2016, Mr. Stone authored a blog post entitled “Mentoring New Music Educators for Lifelong Success in the Profession” for the National Association for Music Education, or NAfME.

Under his leadership, Bakersfield City School District was named a 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. The District’s Music In Our Schools Week instrumental music recruitment program received a 2014 Golden Bell Award of the California School Boards Association, the only from Kern County. In October of 2015, Mr. Stone was recognized by the Arts Council of Kern as its Outstanding Arts Educator at its Accomplishments Awards Gala.

Mr. Stone is President of CMEA, and a Past President of California Band Directors Association (CBDA), CMEA Central Section, and the Kern County Music Educators Association (KCMEA). He has also served in an adjunct capacity at California State University, Bakersfield, teaching instrumental music methods to undergraduates. Mr. Stone holds active memberships in many professional organizations, including The National Association for Music Education, CBDA, CMEA, KCMEA, and Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. He was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association in 2001.Mr. Stone is a euphoniumist and trombonist, and is a founding member of the Bakersfield Winds, a symphonic wind ensemble.

Active as an adjudicator and guest conductor, Mr. Stone has conducted honor bands and orchestras throughout California, as well as in Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon. Recent guest conducting engagements include the 2016 Washoe County Middle Honor Band in Reno, Nevada, and the 2016 Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Stairway of the Stars Honors Concert. He has served for many years as a guest conductor at the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in California’s Sonoma County.

Free Open Source Software (FOSS) w/ Gene Wie
-Melissa Palmer, Presiding
Description
This presentation covers a wide range of free software available to educators and students to create, collaborate, and share their original musical works. It includes coverage of basic recording and editing techniques in Audacity, multi-track audio production in Apple GarageBand and Reaper DAW, audio sequencing and sample creation in Renoise, and music engraving in MuseScore and LilyPond. We will also take a brief look at EarSketch, an online Digital Audio Workstation tool that combines basic computer programming in Python or Javascript with music production. K-12 educators are encouraged to bring their own laptop to try out the examples during the session.
Gene Wie
About Gene Wie
Gene Wie is a music and technology educator whose professional work spans a unique career trajectory with a diversity of experiences as a software developer, technical writer, technology consultant, private teacher, band and orchestra director, chamber musician, festival director, and even a stint as a substitute violist with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Music Director of the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, Director of the Orchestra and Chamber Music Program at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, and Computer Science Teacher at Ardent Academy for Gifted Youth. Gene is the Founding Artist Director of Summer Chamber Music and the Capistrano International Chamber Music Festival, was first violinist of the Monarch and Elegie String Quartets, and previously served on the faculty of the Orange County School of the Arts. He earned M.F.A. Music and B.S. Information and Computer Science degrees at the University of California, Irvine.

Tracks

Mike Vacarro Woodwind Session
-Curt Richardson, Presiding
Teaching the Basics: Help for Those New to Teaching Strings w/ Dianna Gray
-Yeon Choi, Presiding
Description
Tips and techniques for an organized and successful beginning string class including proper instrument sizing, quality materials and equipment, proper playing position including left and right hand technique. Workshop will include a packet with an outline for teaching your first 15 weeks of class!
Dianna Gray
About Dianna Gray
Dianna Gray has been a string educator in the Irvine Unified School District for 26 years. She teaches 700 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade string students at five schools. In 2016 she was honored to conduct the SCSBOA Elementary Honor group. As a clinician, she has presented for SCSBOA and CMEA for the past 15 years and is extremely passionate in sharing her curriculum and methods to fellow music educators.
The Many Hats of a Jazz Ensemble: Developing the Jazz Sound w/ Bijon Watson
-Justin Padilla, Presiding
Description
There are so many sounds and styles that the jazz ensemble can produce. From symphonic to funk, the possibilities are only limited by the ability of the musicians. Let world-renowned trumpeter Bijon Watson share his experience in various styles and equip you with the knowledge to do the same with your students.
Bijon Watson
About Bijon Watson
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Bijon Watson has been classically trained since the age of eight and has performed for audiences around the world. He attended the University of California and the New England Conservatory of Music, and was a member of the 1994 Disney All-American College Band and the 1995 Disney/Grammy All-American College Jazz Band.

Bijon is lead trumpet for the critically-acclaimed Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Beasley’s Monkestra, the Gerald Wilson Jazz Orchestra, the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, the Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All-Stars, and many other jazz, salsa, and pop bands throughout the United States.

K-5 Kid-Tested and Approved Vocal, Movement, and Instrumental (Non-Pitched) Activities (Part 2) w/ Sharon Evans
-Becky Othmer, Presiding
Creating Successful Field Show Productions on a Budget w/ Raymond Moreno
-Pete Jackson, Presiding
Description
The session will focus on creating a successful field show band on a budget. Topics will include design, instructors, fundraising, creating student culture, as well as some personal stories and situations.
Raymond Moreno
About Raymond Moreno
Raymond Moreno is currently a music educator at Oak Hills High School in Hesperia and Barstow Community College. He has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from California State University, Fullerton and a Masters Degree in Conducting from Azusa Pacific University. He was previously the band director at Patriot High School from 2008-2014 where his bands achieved much success including 2 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals at SCSBOA Championships.
For the Level: Adjudication Considerations with Young and Developing Ensembles w/ Jonathan Peske
-Brendan McBrien, Presiding
Description
How do we judge a young ensemble that doesn’t sound like Eastman? Or one with missing instruments? How do we offer feedback to young students that will both inform and inspire them to improve? (For Adjudicators and Teachers)
Jonathan Peske
About Jonathan Peske
Jonathan M. Peske has taught grades 5-8 band in the Etiwanda School District since 2002. He has presented multiple times at SCSBOA conferences and is an active adjudicator for both district and regional SCSBOA festivals. He loves empowering students to experience the joy of making music.
Utilizing the Power of Technology to Engage the Modern Students w/ Craig Jordan
-Melissa Palmer, Presiding

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The Musical T’s: Tone – Tune – Time – Touch w/ Jerri Webb
-Cathy Olinger, Presiding
Strings Can Do It Too: Creative Ways to Incoporate Jazz, Rock, and Showmanship to Your Orchestra w/ Leo Kitajima
-Yeon Choi, Presiding
Q&A Session w/ Composer Michael Markowski
-Scott Domingues, Presiding
Leadership Strategies for Your Student Leaders: Your Biggest Asset or Biggest Hinderance w/ Ryan Turner
-Joe Dudek, Presiding
Description
In today’s competitive marching band world, it takes the combined efforts of directors, staff members, school administration, and parent support to help keep an organization running as best as possible. The key ingredient that can make things even better, or worse, is student leadership. Today’s session will give an overview of the successes and challenges of student leadership with an emphasis on how you can either strengthen your already existing leadership team, or to help you lay the building blocks to create a new student leadership team for your program. Come join the dialogue and discussion as we explore what motivates students, how to get the best from your leaders, and more, presented by long-time marching arts “man of many hats” Ryan H. Turner of Dynamics of Leadership.
Ryan Turner
About Ryan Turner
Ryan H. Turner brings over 35 years of experience in the marching arts as a nationally recognized and highly respected designer, administrator, consultant, adjudicator, leadership trainer, and performance excellence expert. Born and raised in Pasadena, California and a long-time member of the SCSBOA, he has designed nearly 250 shows for marching bands, drum and bugle corps, winter guard, and indoor drumlines across the country. He has provided leadership training for marching arts students, staff members, and directors over the last two decades across the country, working with International Marching Clinics, California Leadership Academy, Pacific Crest Drum Major Camp, and his recently formed company Dynamics of Leadership.
FASC Presentation: A Panel Discussion
-Pete Jackson, Presiding
How to “WIN” at Festival: Strategies for Success w/ Don Gunderson
-Brendan McBrien, Presiding
Engineering and Volunteer Work for the limbART Project w/ Gene Wie
-Melissa Palmer, Presiding
Description
This presentation explores the ongoing community service project called limbART, where instrumental music students combine their interests in music, computer science, engineering, and community service to empower kids with physical challenges to play a musical instrument. The most recent accomplishment was the delivery of a functional 3D-printed prosthetic arm designed to hold a violin bow, enabling a young violinist from Santa Ana to participate and perform in a summer music festival. In this day and age, where our K-12 students are forced to weigh the intrinsic value of their education in music against a national drum beat for increased exposure to STEM, endeavors like limbART demand a unique combination of musical and technical skills, brought together in service learning experiences that gives our students an opportunity to help improve accessibility to music education across the ability spectrum. K-12 educators will have a hands-on experience with some of the development tools and prototypes, and discover how to connect with their peers in the arts and STEM to innovate their own interdisciplinary projects.
Gene Wie
About Gene Wie
Gene Wie is a music and technology educator whose professional work spans a unique career trajectory with a diversity of experiences as a software developer, technical writer, technology consultant, private teacher, band and orchestra director, chamber musician, festival director, and even a stint as a substitute violist with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Music Director of the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, Director of the Orchestra and Chamber Music Program at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, and Computer Science Teacher at Ardent Academy for Gifted Youth. Gene is the Founding Artist Director of Summer Chamber Music and the Capistrano International Chamber Music Festival, was first violinist of the Monarch and Elegie String Quartets, and previously served on the faculty of the Orange County School of the Arts. He earned M.F.A. Music and B.S. Information and Computer Science degrees at the University of California, Irvine.
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