2023 Gary Yearick
Gary Yearick received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Long Beach State University in 1979. He holds a Single Subject Credential in Music and a Junior College Life Credential.
Gary has taught instrumental music at Temple City High School, Oak Avenue Intermediate School, and at Oaks Middle School in Ontario. He currently conducts the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble. Gary retired in May of 2014, after teaching music for over 40 years.
Gary has been a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association since 1980. He has been a parade judge since 1987 and is currently a Head Judge. He has been a festival judge since 1999. Gary has served the Board of the SCSBOA as a First Vice President (2 years) and Vice President of Parade Adjudication (4 years). Gary has been a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses since 1987. Gary was the Head Judge for the Los Angeles County High School Band Competition for over 13 years.
2022 Steve Acciani
Steve Acciani had the pleasure of teaching at South Pointe Middle School beginning in 1989 and then moved to Diamond Bar High School in 2007 where he is currently teaching. He studied under Benton Minor and Mitch Fennell at CSUF and with Clarinet teacher, Kalman Bloch. Steve served 14 years on the SCSBOA Board of Directors in various positions, 8 years managing the All-Southern Honor Groups, and has been a frequent conference presenter. Steve is proud to say that he had over 1,200 students that were selected to the SCSBOA honor groups throughout the years.
In each of the schools that he has been the director for, he stressed the importance and balance within the programs with outstanding symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, parade band, and chamber music.
2022 Rita Watson
Rita’s first 5 years began in a small town in Ponca, Nebraska teaching all instrumental students in grades 5 – 12, and as the head girls’ basketball coach. Two years in Del Valle, Texas Rita was the assistant to both the high school and middle school directors. Three years in Brea-Olinda District in Southern California as the only director at the middle school and high school. Twenty-seven years at Bernardo Yorba Middle School in Yorba Linda, CA, Grades 7 – 8th; Band, Jazz, Orchestra.
Rita gives most credit to the amazing faculty at a small university in Iowa called Morningside University. Classes were small and the faculty was dedicated, and the performance hall was spectacular. Rita studied clarinet with Dr. Ed Lanning. A few of Rita’s students have excelled to professional levels: Ryan DeWeese, Trumpet playing in the Disneyland Band, and has his own band, and subs in the Big Phat Band, Laura (Griffiths) Brenes, French horn performs on numerous movies in L.A., Ian Vo, Saxophone, is an amazing jazz musician in the L.A area. But there are the students who might be the most notable: the young boy on the autism spectrum who quietly walked into my middle school classroom to play two different instruments, the young lady who came to me one day to say she couldn’t pay her music fees as her entire family was living in their car. These students came in as shy students but left as leaders.
Rita hosted SCSBOA solo and ensemble festivals, honor auditions, and served as VP of Elementary Education, nomination committee, directed the SCSBOA Jr. High Jazz All-Stars, and a clinician at numerous Conference sessions. Rita is known for a well-rounded program at Bernardo Yorba MS. With high level parade, concert, wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz bands, and a winter guard.
2021 Tom Forbes
Tom began his career in the Arcadia Unified School District as an Elementary Music Director for 8 years, then moved to Arcadia High School as the Orchestra Director for 30 years. He studied French Horn under Fred Fox and Brian Drake and performed under the direction of Ken Weidaw, David Aldstadt, Ron Hoar, Wayne Reinecke, William H. Hill, and Bob Curnow. Tom studied music education under Robert Runge and Vernon Leidig at California State University, Los Angeles. A few of his students include, Jonathan Kuo, Violin, Jacksonville Symphony, Brian Ralston, Trumpet, Film Composer/Conductor/Educator, Lucinda Chiu, Violin, Los Angeles Opera, Jenny Kim, French Horn, Pasadena Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Shawn Halim, Keyboards, Composer & Performer, Dawn Richardson, Percussionist, Drummer/Author/Teacher, Patrick Sauber, Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar and Cajun Accordion, Performer/Studio. Tom has served SCSBOA as a clinician, adjudicator, conductor of the All-Southern Middle School Honor String Orchestra, and various board of directors to include President of SCSBOA. Tom is best known for being the Orchestra Director at Arcadia High School for 30 years and being part of the Arcadia High School Duo of “Big Tom (Landes) and Little Tom (Forbes)” from 1979 – 2012.
2021 Kathryn “Kay” Crask
During her varied teaching career, Kay taught students ages three through senior citizen. Beginning her career in Kansas in the late 70’s, she taught orchestra, grades 4 – 12. At the end of that first year, she said ‘No more public school, ever!” After moving to Los Angeles in 1980, she taught at Child Arts Studio in Encino. Her next stop was in Western Michigan, where she taught as a middle school orchestra director for the Grand Rapids Christian Schools. Relocating back to California, she returned to public school teaching elementary strings in Irvine. However, when Placentia-Yorba Linda USD had an opening, Kay pursued it and started the best years of her career, teaching mainly orchestra 6 – 12th grades. Kay student taught in Lawrence, Kansas. Her violin teacher was Manuel Compinsky, Los Angeles. Notable SCSBOA mentors were Linda Owen, Richard and Rita Watson, Phil Mortensen, Stan Steele, and Peter Fournier. Kay served SCSBOA as conductor of the SCSBOA Elementary and Middle School String Orchestra, and the SCSBOA Middle School Full Orchestra. She is a festival and solo/ensemble adjudicator, honor group adjudicator, and conference clinician. She received the Gold Award in 2009.
Kay is a strong female role model for instrumental music directors in California who helped every student, regardless of ability, find a place in a music ensemble where he/she could participate and make beautiful music. Her symphony and string orchestras played great literature musically and joyfully earning superior ratings a nearly every festival!
2021 Harry Leff
Harry is happily married to his wife Leslie for 53 years with two married daughters, and 5 Grandchildren. Harry began his studies at San Fernando Valley State College and studied trumpet with Tom Stevens, George Worth, Chase Craig, and Tom Scott. He also studied conducting lessons with Robert Winslow, UCLA and Lawrence Christensen, CSUN. He taught Instrumental and vocal music for the Las Virgines USD 1972 – 2088 specializing at the middle school level. Lindero Canyon, A.E. Wright, and A.C. Stelle Wright Middle Schools. Harry has had the honor of being a guest conductor and clinician for many school groups throughout California as well as conductor for the SCSBOA Middle School Honor Band. He served SCSBOA on the Festival Adjudication Committee, Music List, Conference Presenter, Middle and High School honor auditioner and coach. Harry hopes that his peers think of him as a positive supportive resource that is always available to help. Someone who is an advocate for the younger music students. He is a firm believer that, what’s best in Music Education lies far beyond the notes!
2020 Darnella Davidson
Darnella taught marching band, concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band, percussion ensemble, beginning instruments, piano, and color guard at LAUSD: Gompers Middle School, Locke High, Los Angeles High and San Pedro High. She has had many notable students. Darnella studied under Don Gunderson, Don Jaramillo, Greg Robinson, Rick Naylor, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Warren Torns, Richard Saucedo, Darlene Hale, Gil Adams, Jim Banim, Robert Delwarte, and Gary Pratt.
Darnella has served the SCSBOA as Field Show Adjudicator, Conference Clinician, and as a member of the Field Adjudication Steering Committee and Head Field Judge (first female POC). Darnella is known for strong music programs in LAUSD and especially notable marching band programs receiving 30 consecutive LAUSD Band Championships and 8 SCSBOA Field Championships. Her bands actively performed in Hollywood engagements with celebrities such as Rosemary Clooney, Vanessa Carlton and Pharrell Williams. In addition to being the first female POC to receive the HLM she is a recipient of the SCSBOA Gold Award and Veteran Teacher Award.
2020 Phil Mortensen
Phil Mortensen taught Instrumental Music at Corona, Valencia and Yorba Linda High Schools. He studied under Larry Curtis, Dr. Scott Shuler, Gary Wampler, Rich Watson, Don Gunderson, and Don Jaramillo. His notable students include Amy Bowers (Professional Trombonist), Vanessa Trevino (Music Teacher), and student teachers Dr. Michael Fleischmann, Stacy Harris, and Dan Robbins.
Phil served the SCSBOA as Festival Host, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of President, 1st Vice President, and VP of Membership and Honor Groups. Phil is best known for his service on the board, years on the annual golf committee, head judging at local shows and Championships for 15+ years, and committing to the development of future music educators.
2020 Andrew Osman
Andrew Osman taught Orchestra, Band, and Jazz at Long Beach Polytechnic High School for 36 Years. He studied under Gerald Anderson, Kelly James, and Gordon Henderson. He has had several former students who are now music educators and working in the music industry.
Andrew served the SCSBOA as Festival Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, and Conference Clinician. He held the position of VP of High School Honor Groups on the SCSBOA Board. He is best known as being the director Long Beach Polytechnic when it was selected twice as a Grammy Signature “Gold” school.
2019 Bob Anthony
Bob Anthony taught Instrumental Music and Math (early on) at La Serna, Western, Kennedy, CSU Fullerton and Biola. He studied under H. Robert Reynolds, Frank Pooler, and W. Francis McBeth. Notable students include Randy Rivera (conductor of the USMC Commandant’s Own Drum and Bugle Corp), Tiger Woods (professional golfer), Stephen Mahpar (composer/freelance horn player/professor), Brent Anderson (freelance trombonist), and numerous band directors who are former students or student teachers: Mike Gaughan, James Quirion, Chris Watts, Dylan Harlan, Scott Domingues, Dr. Joshua Parsons, Matt Fell, and Loren Gamara.
Bob served the SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Adjudicator, and Field Show Host. He held the position of VP of Medals and Awards on the SCSBOA Board. Bob conducted the SCSBOA All-Southern Junior High/Middle School Honor Band. One statement from a nominee discusses what Bo is best known for “Bob is a quality human being that impacts students through his musical direction, integrity, kindness and humility.”
2018 Nancy Robinson
Nancy Robinson taught instrumental music at Grant Middle School in Escondido Elementary School District and also at Amelia Earhart Middle School in Riverside Unified School District. She is a graduate of San Diego State University and Southern Oregon University.
Nancy served the SCSBOA as Festival, Parade and Field Tournament host, Solo and Ensemble host and conference clinician. She held the Board positions of VP Music Lists and VP Festivals and also conducted the Middle and Elementary School All-Southern honor bands. Nancy currently serves the SCSBOA as Festival Head Judge. She is known for her service to the SCSBOA and for understanding younger bands.
2017 Randall Gilpin
Randall Gilpin taught Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, AP Music Theory, Music Technology and Music Appreciation at Nordhoff HS and Matilija JHS, Ojai, CA; Canyon HS, West Ranch HS, Rancho Pico JHS, Santa Clarita and CSU Northridge. He studied under Leon Guide (Elem/JHS), William Eads (HS), Robert Winslow, Kelly James, Tom Lee (UCLA), Joe Acciani and Larry Thornton. Notable students include Mark Judd, Matt Ballard and Printz Board.
Randall served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of Vice President, Treasurer and VP of Festival Adjudication. He is best known for his contributions to the SCSBOA Board (balanced budget, revised festival adjudication sheets, expanded conference, revised bylaws).
2016 Leonard Narumi
Leonard Narumi taught Instrumental Music and related performance ensembles (Dance, Drill, Guard) at Schurr High School (Montebello Unified School District) and CSU Los Angeles (Instrumental Music Education Course). He studied under Frances George, R. Barry Ulrich, Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, Benton Minor, Dr. John Benham, Don Gunderson, Dr. M’lou Dietzer, Dr. Keith Clark, Linda Owen, Todd Miller, William H. Hill, Dr. David Buck, Dr. Vernon Leidig, Dr. Vito Susca, Mitchell Peters, John Rinaldo, Dr. Marc Dickey, John Hausey, Arthur May, Mark Lowery, Margaret Douglas, Ellen Halopoff, Lowell Christie, and Wayne Bischoff. Notable students include Jeremy Chung, Lisa Padilla-Jones, Aaron Yim and students from Schurr – Shaun Kuri, Anne Hiroe Rodriguez, Antonio Castro, and others.
Leonard served SCSBOA as Parade Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of 1st VP and VP High School Honor Groups on the SCSBOA Board. He conducted the SCSBOA Elementary School Honor Band. He is best known for building up recruitment and retention while at Schurr High School; restructuring SCSBOA Conferences to run at zero or near zero deficit; longtime Percussion Manager for SCSBOA Honor Groups (about 10 years); orchestral percussion techniques clinician for several SCSBOA Conferences; and High School Honor Band Manager (once for Benton Minor and once for Stephen Piazza).
2015 Rick Naylor
Rick Naylor taught Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion, Band Auxiliary (Color Guard), Drill Team, Guitar, Choir, and Vocal Ensemble at Warren HS, Savanna HS, Los Altos HS, and Baldwin Park HS. He studied under Joe Acciani and Vernon Leidig. He has had many notable students.
Rick served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator, and Conference Clinician. He held positions on the SCSBOA Board as VP of Medals and Awards, Festival Adjudication, and Field Adjudication.
2014 Albert Jeung
Albert Jeung taught Music, PE and Health at Capistrano Valley High School and Aliso Niguel High School. He studied under Fred Ohlendorf. He has had many notable students.
Albert served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Field Show Host and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of President and VP String Education and VP High School Honor Groups. He conducted the SCSBOA Junior High/Middle School Honor Orchestra. Albert received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 2011. He is best known for directing orchestras.
2013 Cathy Olinger
Cathy Olinger taught Elementary Music – General/Choral/Instrumental Music in Saddleback Unified; Serrano Intermediate – Band/Orchestra; La Paz Intermediate – Band/Orchestra; Mission Viejo HS – Assistant Director; Niguel Hills Middle School, Capistrano Unified – Band/Orchestra; Tesoro High School, Capistrano Unified – Orchestra/Band/Marching Band/Guard/Drumline/Commercial Music and Adult Band at Saddleback College. She studied under Larry Curtis, Gordan Norman, Benton Minor, Robert Winslow, Lida Beasley and Michael Pappone. Notable students include Brad Harris, Dan Methe, Brian Belski and Karen Olzak.
Cathy served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Field Show Host and Conference Clinician. She held the positions of VP String Education, Secretary and Historian. She conducted the SCSBOA Junior High/Middle School Honor Orchestra. In 1996 Cathy received the SCSBOA Gold Award. She is best known for opening Tesoro HS with a vision of a comprehensive Instrumental Music & Choral Music Program. 2 Instrumental Music Directors & 1 Choral Director – 5 Orchestras, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic & Concert Band, Marching Band, Two Jazz Ensembles, AP Music Theory and Guitar. A 2015 Grammy Signature School! She is also best Known as an Orchestra Director and happily Married to Lynn Olinger, Music Director and biggest supporter.
2011 Curt Richardson
Curt Richardson taught Instrumental Music – Band and Orchestra at Huntington Intermediate School(San Marino) La Canada High School Montebello Intermediate School, Eastmont Intermediate School and Alhambra High School. He studied under William H. Hill, Dr. Vernon Leidig, Dr. Vito Susca, Mitchell Peters, Tom Scott, Irving Bush, Marie Oliva, Art Farr, Ron Hoar and Uan Rasey. His notable students include Shaun Kuri, Kathy Kim, Reggie Cordero, Aaron Kim, Daniel Alamanza, Jeremy Cheung, Dennis Crystal and Tim McFadden.
Curt served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Host, Parade Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of Medals and VP Parade Adjudication on the SCSBOA Board. He is best known as an adjudicator in Parade and Festival. Curt received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 2004.
2011 Emmett Hoolihan
Emmett Hoolihan taught Band and Orchestra at Cripple Creek/Victor USD Cripple Creek, Colorado, Heaton Junior High Pueblo, Colorado, Washington Junior High, Pasadena and Temple City USD Temple City, California. He studied under William H. Hill, Clarence Sawhill and Larry Curtis. His notable students include Raymond Falkenburg, David Canzoneri, Norman Pearson, Herbert Hughes and Gary Yearick.
Emmett served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Host, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator, and Conference Clinician.
Emmett shares, “I retired from Music Education in 1994 as Supervisor/Performing Arts – Temple City USD. SCSBOA was invaluable to me in many ways. Among these ways were: Customs & Traditions of SoCal Music Education Community, Colleague acquaintance, Clinics hosted by many talented people and etc.”
2010 Mark Lowery
Mark Lowery taught Marching Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band at Lexington, Savanna, Mission Viejo, Carlsbad, and El Camino High School. He studied under Richard Marino, Larry Curtis, and Norman Herzberg. Notable students include Tom Liston, John Rush, Mark Gunderson, Joe Dudek and Roger Davis.
Mark served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, and Conference Clinician. He held positions on the SCSBOA board as President, Vice President, and VP positions of Historian, Music Lists, and Festivals. Mark is most known for two terms as President and being a Field Show Host, Festival Host, and Honor Group Auditions.
2009 Linda Owen
Linda Owen taught Elementary Instrumental Music at 10 different elementary schools and coached strings at Middle Schools and High Schools. She studied under Bill Foster. Her notable students include Sandy Brewer, Carrie Wann, Rick Todd, and Ben Brostrum.
Linda served SCSBOA as a conference clinician. She conducted the SCSBOA Junior High/Middle School Honor Orchestra. She is best known for developing an elementary string program in Placentia-Yorba Linda USD which led to several orchestras in all 7-12 schools. She was also able to bring in string specialists at the high schools to teach the orchestras.
2009 Don Jaramillo
Don Jaramillo taught Instrumental Music at Sierra Vista HS, Baldwin Park; Etiwanda HS, and Rancho Cucamonga High School. He studied under Benton Minor, Don Gunderson, Bob Greenwell, Danny Wagner, and John Vorwald. Notable student teachers include Anthony Bailey, Hart HS; Sam Andress, Los Osos HS, Scott Nelson, San Bernardino Unified and Jonathan Peske, Summit Intermediate School.
Don served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. Don held positions on the SCSBOA Board of VP Music List, VP Field Adjudication and President. He conducted the SCSBOA Junior High/Middle School Honor Band. Don received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 2000 and 2008. Don is known as being the first person of color selected as an HLM for the SCSBOA.
2008 H. Robert Reynolds (Shared by Stan Steele)
H. Robert Reynolds taught at Anaheim HS, Long Beach State, University of Wisconsin, and The University of Michigan and the Thornton School of Music at USC.
Many of his former students now hold major conducting positions at leading conservatories and universities.
2008 John Carnahan
John Carnahan taught Conducting, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Chamber Music, Instrumental and Choral Composition/Arranging, Rehearsal Techniques, Wind Literature, History of the Wind Band, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz Rehearsal Techniques, Marching Band Techniques, and Success Seminars at Clovis High School, University of Texas-Arlington, CSU-Long Beach, and Hanyang University-Seoul. He studied under Frederick Fennell, William Revelli, H. Robert Reynolds, and Edwin Gordon. Notable students include Alan Baer, and Francisco Torres.
John served SCSBOA as Festival Adjudicator, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator, Conference Clinician and Conference Host. John conducted the SCSBOA High School Wind Ensemble. He received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 2001 and 2003.
2007 Tom Hrbacek
Tom Hrbacek taught Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Choir and Music History at Western HS, Los Alamitos HS, Temecula Valley HS,and Mt. San Jacinto College. He studied under Nicklas Furjanick, Herb Roesener, Ron Logan, Dr. Richard Jones, H. Robert Reynolds, and Don Wilcox. Notable students include Robin Cecil Johnson, Evan Christopher, Ben Robinson, Kevin Calavan, Kim Kruger.
Tom served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Host, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held positions on the board as VP of Parade (3 times). He is best known for the quality of his groups.
2006 Gordon Norman
Gordon Norman taught Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Choir, and Math at South Junior High School, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Glendora High School, and Cal State Long Beach. He studied under Jack Harris, Fosston High School and Michael Polovitz, University of North Dakota Notable students include Ron Eckles, John Tobias, Larry Pisano, David Stenske, Mitch Fennell, and Ken Gammie.
Gordon served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Host, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator,and Conference Clinician. He served as Vice President on the Board of SCSBOA. He conducted the SCSBOA High School Concert/Symphonic Honor Band. Gordon is most known for Marching Band, Concert Bands, Leadership, Mentor, and as Glendora’s Citizen of the Year.
2006 James Nichols (Shared by Karl Fitch & Warren Torns)
James Nichols taught Band, Orchestra at Grossmont HS and Southwest HS (Sweetwater District). Jim was the master teacher of Karl Fitch and Dan Allison.
James served SCSBOA as a Festival Adjudicator, Festival Host and Solo and Ensemble host. Jim was a band director who created his field show each rehearsal. He arranged the music and at each rehearsal did the charting. He organized the La Mesa Band Review and was an accomplished pianist. He taught for over 55 years in the public school system. James received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 1984 and 2004.
2005 Richard Watson
Richard Watson taught Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, PE, Health, Jazz Pedagogy and Percussion Ensemble at Palomares JHS, Lorbeer JHS, El Dorado HS, FCC and California State University Fullerton. He studied under Benton Minor, Myron Collins, Daniel Lewis, Ozzie Whistle, Eugene Corporon, Frank McCarty, Todd Miller, Larry Christianson, Walt Goodwin, Richie Lepore, Joe Porcaro, Roy Burns, Dr. John Anello, Bob Harmston, Don Zink, Bill Foster, Ron Hoar and Rick Morino. Notable students include Capt. Bryan Ralls Commander U.S. Army Band, Jason Freese-Keyboard w/ Green Day, Josh Freese- Drummer for Sting, Alex Hahn-Saxophonist with Monk Institute, Jeff Nichols-woodwind artist NY Broadway shows, Dan Lutz-LA professional Bass player and teacher, Ethan Helm-NY Jazz saxophonist and composer, Kris Berry-professional drummer LA/OC, Kirsten Edkins-professional saxophonist LA/OC, Dan Kaneyuki-professional saxophonist LA/OC, Austin Byrd-professional keyboard LA/OC, Connor Kent-NY professional drummer, Nolan Byrd-NY professional drummer, Ray Llewellyn-percussion professor at CSUF, Mike Spillman president CSBC, Jared Charrette saxophonist with current Disneyland Band, Bob Bowen-Music theory at Mt. SAC, Mike Wooten Director of Bands at South Hills HS, Jon Mann-Music teacher PYLUSD, James Charrette-Band director at Brea HS and Stephanie Freeman- Music Teacher.
Richard served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Field Show Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the position of VP Jazz Education on the SCSBOA Board. He conducted the SCSBOA Honor Jazz Bands. He is best known for being an upstanding citizen and member of the music community.
2005 Darlene Hale
Darlene was the first woman to serve as the SCSBOA President. She taught at Brookhurst Junior High School and Cypress High School. She attended CSU Fullerton and has more than 35 years of experience in public education.
Her teaching experience includes 14 years in the Anaheim Union High School District when she also taught part-time as a professor at California State University, Long Beach. She is active as an instrumental music judge for the Northern California School Band and Orchestra Association and is looking forward to again becoming active as an adjudicator for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association.
2004 Karl Fitch
Karl Fitch taught Band, Choir, Strings and Music 7 at Twin Peaks Middle School – Poway Unified. He studied under Marshal Sleet of La Mesa MS and Elsworth Baldwin of Santa Maria HS. Karl had many students became professional musicians and many music teachers including Terry Sakow at Santa Monica HS, Stuart Holmes at BHMS, Tabitha Tetheau in SF, Karen Sheldon in El Cajon, Andrew Moreau at Twin Peaks Middle and Jeff Kover (Grossmont and Sweetwater Districts).
Karl served SCSBOA as Festival Adjudicator, Parade Adjudicator and Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator. He was a member of the SCSBOA Board as VP Festivals. He conducted the SCSBOA Junior High/Middle School Honor Band. He received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 1996 and 2003. Karl is best known for having a large band program and being an Sight Reading Adjudicator.
2003 Stan Steele
Stan Steele taught instrumental music at Irvine High School for seventeen years, and at Los Amigos High School in the Garden Grove school district for seven years. He also started the community band at Irvine Valley College, and directed that group for four years. He taught two classes at Sage Hill School, a wind ensemble and a string ensemble for six years. He now supervises student teachers for UCI, and California State University at Long Beach. In 1999-2000, the Irvine Orchestra, along with the entire Irvine High School music department, was named as one of the ten high schools from across the country selected as a GRAMMY Signature “Gold” recipient.
Stan studied under H. Robert Reynolds, Larry Curtis, Don Gunderson, and many others. Notable students inclue Gary Matsuura, Barry Perkins, and many others. He served SCSBOA as Festival Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator, and Conference Clinician.
Stan is in demand as a clinician and conductor throughout Orange County and the San Diego area and has conducted the All-Southern California Junior High School Honor Orchestra and Junior High School Honor Jazz Ensemble. He was the Associate Conductor of the Orange County Youth Symphony for four years, and has served as President for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association.
2003 Richard Lorenzen (Shared by Amy Mack)
Richard Lorenzen taught Instrumental Music at Carlsbad HS, Orange Glen HS. Bonita Vista HS, Diamond Bar HS and Murrieta Valley HS. He studied under Dean Immel at Mt Miguel HS, Harold Warman, Terry O’Donnell and Charles Yates. Notable students of Rick’s include Carissa Mattison (Director of Bands at Pt Loma HS) and Yeon Choi (Orchestra Director at Tesoro HS).
Rick served on the SCSBOA Board as President, VP Parade Adjudication, VP Field Adjudication, Historian, VP Field and VP Festival. He also served as a Field, Festival and Parade Adjudicator.
2002 Warren Torns
Warren Torns taught Band, Orchestra, AP Music Theory, Music Appreciation, and Conducting at El Capitan, Patrick Henry, Grossmont, University of San Diego, Mt. Carmel, Cuyamaca College and San Diego State University. He studied under Georgia Ruel (HS Choir Director), William Vacchiano, Fred Fennell, Tom Lee and Craig Kirchhoff. Notable students of Warren’s include Frank Almond, Duane Dugger, Michael Walk and David Torns.
Warren served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the position of VP Public Information on the SCSBOA Board. Warren conducted the SCSBOA Junior High/Middle School Honor Band and the Junior High/Middle School Honor Orchestra. Warren is best known for setting high expectations.
2001 Ken Gammie
Ken Gammie taught instrumental music at Brookhurst JHS, South JHS – Anaheim Union High School District and Vista HS, Roosevelt MS – Vista Unified School District. He studied under Don Gunderson, Larry Curtis, James Stamp, Jeff Reynolds, John Prince and Lida Beasley. He has many notable students.
Ken has served SCSBOA as Festival Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the position of VP Festivals on the SCSBOA Board. He conducted the SCSBOA Junior High School Honor Band twice. Ken received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 1988 and 1995.
2001 Mitchell Fennell
Mitchell Fennell taught Band, Instrumental Conducting, History and Literature of the American Wind Band at Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, and Mission Viejo High School. He studied under Jeffery Reynolds, Larry Curtis, Don Gunderson, Eugene Corporon, and Kenneth Singleton. He has had many notable students.
Mitchell Fennell served SCSBOA as Festival Adjudicator, Field Show Adjudicator, and Conference Clinician. He held the position of Secretary on the SCSBOA Board. Mitchell conducted the SCSBOA’s High School Wind Ensemble,and High School Concert/Symphonic Band.
2000 Thomas Landes
Thomas Landes taught Instrumental Music – Band at Azusa High School and Arcadia High School. He studied under Al Clifft, Jim Hile, and Rick Marino. Tom has had many notable students.
Thomas Landes served SCSBOA as Parade Host, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, and Conference Clinician. He held the position VP of Parade on the SCSBOA board. Thomas conducted the SCSBOA’s Junior High/Middle School Honor Band.
1999 Allan Trefry (Shared by Don Gunderseon & Pete Fournier)
Allan Trefry taught Concert Band, Orchestra, Marching Band at Whittier HS and Canyon HS (Anaheim). He studied under Clarence Sawhill. He had many notable students including Bob Anthony and Roy Anthony.
Allan served SCSBOA as Parade Adjudicator, tabulator and hosted Honor Band concerts. He received the SCSBOA Gold Award is 1991 and 1992. Allan developed a balanced and comprehensive instrumental music department for over 40 years at Whittier HS. He served as an insightful and very well organized mentor for several new teachers in the district.
Allan Trefry is the only SCSBOA high school director ever to be selected to conduct the All Southern California High School Honor Band. He also developed the all district honor band and brought in many nationally recognized guest conductors including Carmen Dragon and Frederick Fennell. Additionally, he was an excellent instrument repair person and threw the javelin in Senior Track events.
1999 Gerald Anderson
Gerald Anderson spent three years playing trumpet in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Mr. Anderson taught instrumental music for nineteen years at all levels of public education, from elementary school through community college. For six years he served as Director of Instrumental Music at Paul Revere Junior High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Later, he was employed by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and taught instrumental music at two elementary schools and at Santa Monica High School, the latter being where he served for eleven years as conductor of orchestras and assistant conductor of bands.
Mr. Anderson molded the Samohi Symphony into one of the finest secondary school music organizations in the United States, During Mr. Anderson’s tenure, the Santa Monica High School Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, and all other instrumental ensembles under his direction earned superior ratings at every district and regional festival in which they participated. In his sixteen years as a Lecturer in Music Education at the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Anderson supervised student teachers and taught courses in instrumental techniques, instrumental curriculum/literature, musicianship, and conducting. During his time there he also conducted the UCLA Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Concert Band, Marching Band, and Varsity Band. Mr. Anderson has authored or co-authored various instrumental music publications that are used in Schools.
Mr. Anderson was an honorary life member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, he has held various elective offices, has conducted numerous honor groups, and frequently served as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor.
Notable students of Gerald Anderson’s include Angela Woo, Michael Stone, Jim Kollias, Terry Sakow, Larry Stoffe, Jill DeWeese, John Burn and Brian Belski.
1998 Rolland Sandberg
Wilson High School, Director of Bands, Jazz Band and Pep Band, Long Beach USD
1998 Tom Cole
Tom Cole taught Instrumental Music at Rancho Bernardo, Mt. Carmel, and Bassett High Schools. He studied under Benton Minor, Eugene Corporon, Darrell Downs, Charles MacLeod, Tom Lee, Larry Curtis, Alan McMurry, H. Robert Reynolds, and Fredrick Fennell. His notable students include John Friedrichs, Keith Popejoy, Ross Kallen, Logan Chopyk, Andrew Goldman, Adam Wolf, Pat Zaur, Craig Hull, Austin Rico, Daniel Greenberg, Alex Holland, and Randy McCray.
Tom Cole served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Host, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the position of VP of Music Lists on the SCSBOA Board. Tom conducted the SCSBOA High School Concert/Symphonic Band and Junior High/Middle School Honor Band.
1997 Danny Wagner
Danny Wagner taught Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, String Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band Techniques, and Music Secondary Techniques at Sierra Vista HS, Los Altos HS, Katella HS and Cal State Long Beach. He studied under Robert Greenwell, Robert Reynolds, Larry Curtis and Benton Minor. Notable students include Robert Frear, Rick Tyree, Mario Nevarez, Arnold Barron, Dawn Smith, Jeff Suto, Scott Henderson, Sam Andress and Tony Ellis.
Danny served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Host, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of Vice President and VP of Field Adjudication, Festival Adjudication and Festivals. Danny received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 2005
1996 Jack Mason
Jack Mason taught Band, Choir, Music Appreciation and Fine Arts at Mission Viejo H.S, Chaffey College, Flagstaff, AZ, Guam, Bonita H.S. (incl/all LaVerne and San Dimas schools). He studied under Bernard Heiden (Ind.Univ), Dr. Lotzenheiser (U of A) and Thyra Pliske (Phx.Coll.), Notable students include Matt Carr, Socorro Hernandez, Ron Catalano, Albert Alva and Les Nunes.
Jack served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Host, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of Vice President and VP of Music Lists on the SCSBOA Board. Jack was known for Chaffey College Jazz Bands (Guest band or performance at most major festivals in the Western US) and nine tours to Europe, Canada and Hawaii. Jack received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 1969, 1975 and 1986.
1995 John Vorwald
John Vorwald taught Marching Band, Health, Concert Band, Orchestra, Percussion and Jazz at Valencia HS, Baldwin Park HS, Nogales HS and Vista HS. He studied under Dr. Ward Cole, Robert Greenwell, Danny Wagner, Joe Acciani, Wayne Reinecke and many others. Several of his students became successful music teachers and/or performers. Notable student teachers include Steve Olivas, Don Jaramillo and Yvonne Bluto.
John served SCSBOA as Festival Adjudicator, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of President and VP of Festivals, Field Adjudication and Festival Adjudication. He conducted the SCSBOA Junior High/Middle School Honor Band.
1995 Larry Curtis
Larry Curtis is a distinguished educator and professional conductor. He began his teaching career in Colorado before moving to Pasadena High School as the band and orchestra director. In 1969 Curtis accepted the position of Director of Bands at California State University, Long Beach where he also taught conducting and rehearsal techniques. During his 25 year tenure the CSULB Wind Symphony was considered to be one of the nation’s finest collegiate instrumental ensembles receiving numerous international accolades.
Mr. Curtis has served as a board member of SCSBOA as well as President of the College Band Directors National Association, Western Division. He is also a member of the American Bandmasters Association.
Currently Curtis is the conductor of the Long Beach Municipal Band, the nation’s most distinguished professional wind band, currently celebrating its 110 th year. Curtis also conducts the American Winds which performed its inaugural concert series in 1999 at the Hollywood Bowl. These performances marked the first professional wind band concert in that iconic venue. His orchestral guest conducting engagements include the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.
1994 Rosemarie Krovoza
Rosemarie Krovoza taught instrumental music for Pasadena Unified at the elementary level and at Eliot Jr. High School. She taught at Polytechnic School, grades 3-12 in Pasadena and was the asst. conductor and string coach for Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra. At each level she taught chamber music as an enrichment. She taught the string pedagogy class at UCLA. Her mentors were Fred Ohlendorf and Dr. Mike Pappone. Notable students were Jennifer Frautschi and Richard Meyer (student teacher.) She is grateful for her music students who are now music educators.
Rosemarie served SCSBOA as a Band and Orchestra Festival Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. She held the post of VP of Elementary Education on the Board. She conducted the SCSBOA Jr.High/Middle School String Honor Orchestra. She is most known as a string specialist and mentoring student teachers.
1993 Roger Johnson
Roger Johnson taught Band, Orchestra, Jazz, Music Appreciation, Theory at DeMille Jr HS, Millikan HS and Long Beach City College. He studied under Fred Ohlendorf, Nicolas Furjanick, Dr. John Green, H Robert Reynolds, Robert Gibson, Dr. Bertram McGarrity, James Stamp, Michael Pappone and Robert Bower. Notable students include Andy Martin, Stan Martin, Scott Martin, Bruce Wilkinson, Sidney Hopson, Casey Hopson, Kate Carter, Cecelia Coleman, John Rhyther, Brian Hamilton and Kevin Hamilton.
Roger served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the position of VP Festivals on the SCSBOA Board. He conducted the SCSBOA High School Honor Full Orchestra, Junior High/Middle School Honor Band and Junior High/Middle School Honor Orchestra. He is best known for his love of teaching music. He adds, “It was a great 51 years of music education.”
1992 Michael Shelton
Michael Shelton taught Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band at Junior High and High Schools of Magnolia HS, Pine JHS and Lexington JHS. He served at Loara HS, Asst. Principal; Katella HS, Asst. Principal; Katella HS , Principal; Dir. Special Youth Services, DO; and Asst. Supt. Human Resources, DO. He studied under Fred Olendorf, and all those music teachers who took time to encourage him.
Michael served SCSBOA as Parade Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of Vice President and VP Public Information.
1992 Lida Beasley
Lida Beasley taught Band and Orchestra in Santa Monica at Adams JHS, Santa Monica HS and Santa Monica College.
Lida said, “One of my favorite things is to start programs and get them going. I like providing the spark.” Hunting through the store room at SMC’s Concert Hall for an instrument was futile: the cupboard was bare. “That’s what we want, isn’t it?” says Lida Beasley in her lilting Arkansas drawl. “It means that somebody’s using them.” “I definitely see myself as a musician,” reflects Lida. “But primarily I’m an educator.”
The following speech was delivered at 1984 CMEA Honor Concert by the CMEA President: “Santa Monica High School has the finest Orchestras, I say this without equivocation, in the United States. It has been my pleasure to hear quite a few groups, and Samohi has come through with flying colors, year after year. Their director is Lida Beasley who is just a superwoman; super in the amount of energy she has, Number 1. Number 2, she is super in the amount of talent that she has. And Number 3, the one thing that all us as music educators are dedicated to, she is super with the love of the children that she works with. The program that she is going to play reflects very, very well the great confidence that she justifiably has in her young charges, Beethoven and Berlioz, 2 great “B’s,” but I know one thing, they’ll both come out ‘A plus’.”
1991 Harold Warman
Harold Warman taught Band, Orchestra, Choir, Conducting, Music, Drama, and several general music classes at Cope Junior High School ( Redlands), Colton High School, Vista High School and San Diego State University. He studied under Lester Warman, Bill Rosenfelder, Edward Coledon, Sy Gallick, and Rudolph Picardy. He has many notable students who current educators and members of the SCSBOA board.
Harold served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator, and Conference Clinician. He held the position of VP Field Adjudication on the SCSBOA Board. He conducted the SCSBOA High School Honor Band four times. Harold received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 1974.
1990 Michael Corrigan
Michael Corrigan taught Concert and Marching Bands (Beginning through Advanced levels), Orchestras, Choirs, Community Bands at Mater Dei High School, Villa Park High School, Yosemite High School, Clovis High School, Capistrano Unified (Teacher on Special Assignment), Santa Monica High School and Manhattan Beach Elementary Schools. He studied under H. Robert Reynolds, Larry Curtis, Tom Lee, Michael Pappone, Joe Acciani, Don Gunderson, Larry Sutherland and Angela Woo. Notable students include Duane Otani, Esmeralda Rocha and Francisco Marquez.
Michael served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Host, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and VP of Music Lists. He conducted the SCSBOA Junior High/Middle School Honor Band. Michael adds the SCSBOA was my mentor. Thank you to all of my fellow directors of SCSBOA for your inspiration, guidance, and support.
1990 Joseph Acciani
Joseph Acciani taught Band, Orchestra, Music Appreciation, and Woodwind methods at Mulholland JHS; Glendale HS/Roosevelt JHS/elementary instrumental music; Glendale College (adjunct); Antelope Valley HS; Antelope Valley College (adjunct); San Diego State University.; Palmdale HS; And Highland HS (Palmdale). He studied under Don Wolfe (NAU); Robert Runge, Vernon Leidig, Robert Fowells, Charles Hubbard, Roy Harris (CSULA); John Deichman, Truman Hutton (LAUSD); Bob Greenwell, Rick Marino, Harold Warman, Tom Cole, Lida Beasley, and John Hausey. Notable students include Rick Naylor, Ed Higgins, Stephanie Bollard, Valerie Dopp, and Steve Acciani.
Joseph served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Host, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, and Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator. He held positions of VP of Honor Groups, Parade Adjudication, and Festival Adjudication on the SCSBOA Board. Joe received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 1987.
1989 Wayne Nelson
Wayne Nelson taught Instrumental Music: Concert Bands, Parade & Field Bands, Jazz Bands and Orchestras at Oak Jr. HS, Katella H.S., Cypress H.S., Calabasas H.S., Valencia H.S., Walker M.S. and Esperanza H.S. His mentors included James E. Son, Russell Latham, Dr. John Green, H.Robert Reynolds, Ross Davis, Rick Moreno, Don Gunderson and Benton Minor. Notable students include Bill Liston, Ian Vo, Ryan Dragon and Student Teachers: Lisa Axworthy, Greg Solomon, Mark Gunderson, Charles Craig and Jennifer McBride.
Wayne served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Host, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of President and VP of Medals & Awards, Parade, Field and Jazz Education. He is best known for his length of school music service (40 yrs.), community involvement, and service to SCSBOA.
1988 Richard Marino
Rick Marino taught band at Brookhurst Junior High School and Loara High School. Rick first won All Western Band Review in 1968, 69, 70, 71, 75 and 76. Notable students include Mark Lowery, Ron Wakefield, Mike Pergola and Kent Hannibal.
From Bill Schroeder “Rick Marino never played an instrument until his first year of college at California State College, Long Beach, at the age of 25. His instrument of choice was the violin. Trombone was an avocation. Rick wanted to teach music through orchestra, and did so at Brookhurst JHS in Anaheim. He was a Pied Piper and had hundreds of students in his program. Later he opened Loara HS as the Instrumental Music Director and had a dream of building an orchestral program. The school only had sophomores in its first year, and all he had was a 35-piece BAND. He took them to a parade and they won. The die was cast. He knew nothing about half time shows and always kept the book that had guided him. His style of pageantry show was original, and the crowd loved it. Go Moffit drills! He did have an orchestra for several years at Loara, but the numbers in the band had taken over. Within five years of the school’s opening, he had one of the largest programs, most competitively successful marching bands, and played university level literature in the concert hall. It is every teachers’ dream to give their students the best of themselves as well as the kinds of experiences and memories that a good life is made of. No one did that any better than Rick Marino.
1987 John Hensley (Shared by Gerry Willis)
John Hensley taught Band and Music Appreciation at Rosemead High School. John served on the board of SCSBOA as President, VP Parade Adjudication and VP of Awards and Medals.
Notable students of John Hensley include Mark Stone. Gerry Willis states “John was an excellent teacher for me while I was in college and working with his band. He taught me compassion, teamwork, and the ability for a band director to be very collaborative in spite of the dictatorial position that we always assume as a high school band director. His method of doing things stayed with me during my 40 years of teaching high school instrumental music. I admired him very much, and he was a great benefit to the association for many years.”
1986 Ron Hoar (Shared by Wayne Reineke)
Ron Hoar taught Band at Arcadia High School and Pasadena City College. He studied at Whittier College with Dr. William Dale. Notable students include Richard Meyer, Todd Miller (professional horn player, percussionist).
Ron served SCSBOA as VP Parade Adjudication. Ron was involved in the Marching Band program for many years, serving as adjudicator, preparation of manuals, music selection, etc. His bands were outstanding, winning Long Beach Band Revue Sweepstakes many times. He played trumpet and inspired many to become music educators.
1985 Kenneth Weidaw (Shared by Wayne Reineke)
Kenneth Weidaw taught Instrumental music and was the Arcadia Unified Music Coordinator. Notable students included Todd Miller, Alex Iles and many more.
Kenneth served SCSBOA as President of SCSBOA in mid 70’s. He was the manager of All Southern Junior High Honor Orchestra in 1970. Ken was a meticulous organizer. He was responsible for the highly successful music education program in Arcadia for many years. He also was active as a professional percussionist, and found a second career as a financial planner.
1984 Benton Minor (Shared by Dean McNair, Stephen Rochford, & Gerk Kirk)
Benton Minor taught Instrumental Music at Grossmont HS, El Cajon High School, Pasadena High School and El Capitan High School. Additionally, he was the founding director of Instrumental Music at CSU Fullerton. Benton’s mentors include Clarence Sawhill and Dan Lewis. Notable students include Tom Cole, Mitch Fennell, Stephen Rochford, Theodore Bietz, Ed Underwood and Rich Watson. Benton served SCSBOA as President from 1984 – 1986. He received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 1971.
One of the things Benton is best known for is winning the coveted Sweepstakes trophy at the All Western Band Review at least 8 times at 4 different schools. Benton Minor started working with Harold Lutz at Grossmont HS in 1953. Together they won the All Western Band Review in 53 and 54. Benton opened El Cajon HS and they won All Western in 1957, 58 & 59 (retiring the trophy). El Cajon won again in 1962. In 1963 Benton moved to Pasadena HS and they won All Western. He then returned to Grossmont District teaching at El Capitan and won the Competition again in 1965. While at CSU Fullerton Benton began the California Music Academy – which inspired many current music Educators. He also started the Southland Music Camp located in the Cuyamaca Mountains.
1984 Donald Gunderson
Donald Gunderson taught Band, Orchestra, Jazz and Music Education at Cal State Fullerton, Savanna High School, Crescent Junior High School and Burlington Junior and Senior High School. Donald studied under Don Walters, Jerry Glass, Dan Reff, Bob Greenwell and Benton Minor. Notable students include Ken Gammie, Mitch Fennell, Paul Bluto, Scott Smith, and Mark Gunderson with whom he team taught for 10 yrs.
Donald served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Host, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator, and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of President, Vice President, VP Honor Groups, VP Jazz Education, and Field Adjudication, He conducted the SCSBOA Junior High/Middle School Honor Band, and Honor Jazz Bands He is best known for marrying smart and balanced programs and leadership.
1983 Peter Fournier
Peter Fournier taught Bands, Orchestras, Symphony, and Jazz Ensembles at Monte Vista HS – Whittier, Estancia HS – Costa Mesa, Saddleback College, Long Beach City College, Cal State San Bernardino, University HS – Irvine UC Irvine and Irvine Valley College. He studied under Arthur Cora & Phil Lespina, UOP, Ralph Rush, Wm. Schaefer, R. Marsteller & Roger Bobo, USC, F. Fennell, B. Minor, Ed. Kleinhammer, Arnold Jacobs, A. Trefry, J. Christiansen, M. Pappone and R. Hickman. Notable students include Jack Poster, Matt Fronke, Jeff Driskoll, Joe Massaro, Heidi Ruby, and Others.
Peter served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of Vice President and VP position Festivals – two terms. At that time, to qualify for the selection as an HLM, 8 years were required on the Board. He conducted the SCSBOA Junior High/Middle School Honor Band. Pete is best known as an Orchestra Director, Co-Founding and developing strong Symphony Orchestras including the Irvine Youth Symphony, Conducting Trombone and Tuba Christmas (10 years) and Bones West (15 yrs). Additionally he was appointed in ’03 by World Projects as an Artistic Director at Carnegie Hall thus bringing in many first rate SCSBOA instrumental groups to perform there. SCSBOA membership can provide many related professional contacts.
1982 Lawrence Christianson (Shared by Dean Immel & Gerry Kirk)
Lawrence Christianson taught opened Mt. Miguel High School where he taught Band and Orchestra. Later he taught at CSU Northridge. He studied under Dan Lewis while at Helix High School (USC Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the LA Phil). Notable students included Dean Immel, Mike Luzak.
Following his retirement at CSU Northridge he became the Orchestra Director at the University of West Virginia. He also was a festival adjudicator and conducted the All Southern California Honor Orchestra several times in addition to the All State Honor Concert Band.
Lawrence had perfect pitch and an amazing musical mind. He was known for consistently winning the Arcadia Band Review. He worked closely with Benton Minor and while they were both in the Grossmont District they had a very friendly competitive relationship. He was truly inspirational, had a lot of “tricks” up his sleeve that many of us use throughout our teaching.
Gerry Kirk states “Mr. Christianson’s high school bands and orchestras were consistently awarded superior ratings at SCSBOA festivals. Additionally, he was called upon to clinic other music programs, and was held in high esteem by his peers.”
1981 Wayne Reineke
Wayne Reineke taught mostly Instrumental Music with emphasis on Orchestra at Hemet Elementary District, Irvine M.S., Arcadia H.S. and Pasadena City College. He was mentored by Ron Hoar, Don Gunderson, Tom Cole, and Dr. William Dale. Notable students include Patricia Kindel, Richard Meyer, and Alex Iles.
Wayne served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Festival Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. Wayne held the position of VP Festivals on the SCSBOA Board. He conducted the SCSBOA Junior High School Orchestra in 1970 and 1977 and conducted the High School Honor Orchestra in 1982. He is best known as an Orchestra Director and a Festival Judge.
1980 G. Randall Coleman
Randall Coleman taught Instrumental Music (Band & Orchestra) at Cerro Villa Jr. High, Villa Park H. S., El Rancho M. S. and Canyon H. S. He studied under Hugh McMillan – University of Colorado. Notable students include Ron Minor and Dave Buck.
Randall served SCSBOA as Festival Adjudicator, Parade Adjudicator, Field Show Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and Conference Clinician. He held the positions of President and VP of Parade Adjudication, Festival Adjudication and Music Lists. He conducted the Junior High/Middle School Honor Band. He is best known for Adjudication in festival, parade and field.
From Dennis Kennedy, “in his capacity as PAC VP one of our PAC meetings he played recordings of marches with something wrong, usually down in the bass or tenor line. “Okay, you music judges: let’s see if you can find the problems. Quickly, now, let’s hear you.”
In 1978, with the help of Larry Curtis & some Long Beach State players, he was one of many guest conductors on an LP record album of long-out-of-print and some rarely played marches, all on the parade music list. What a great tool for young band directors and all PAC judges. I still have mine around here somewhere.”
1979 Kenneth Woesner
Thirty-five years of teaching. Avenale High School, Huntington Beach High School, Marina High School and Westminster High School. Notable students include Greg Glover. Ken served as VP of Festivals on the SCSBOA Board.
1979 Robert Gibson (Craig Gibson to Help)
1977 Michael Pappone (Shared by Naomi Norwick, Ryan Turner, Ted Bietz, & Patrick Winters)
Michael Pappone taught at Milliken HS and Long Beach City College. He was on the Staff of Arrowbear. He mentored many including Michelle Bass Cathy Olinger, Rosemarie Krovoza, Roger Johnson, Michael Corrigan and Pete Fournier. He conducted the SCSBOA Honor Orchestra in 1978.
Ted Bietz shared “Michael’s history of teaching music to young musicians was second to none. He was a mentor to many, loved by all who knew him, and was the kind of person who had the ability to make you feel you were the most important person he met. Besides all of his personal attributes, he was a great story (joke) teller.”
Patrick Winters shared “I remember very well the one time that he worked with my string orchestra at Redlands H.S. He was amazing! Easily one of the best clinics of my career. And such a warm, kind gentleman.”
1976 Ben Godfrey (Shared by Gary Yearick)
Ben Godfrey taught instrumental music in the Temple City Unified School District. In his tenure, he directed the bands at Temple City High School (which he opened), Oak Ave. Intermediate and the elementary schools. He also served the district as the Music Coordinator. Ben wrote the Temple City High School Alma Mater.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, he attended UCSB along with Robert Greenwell and Carl Shaffer. Notable students: Bob O’Donnell, Tom Jackson and Gary Yearick. Ben served the SCSBOA as a Festival Host, Adjudicator and Vice President of Parade Adjudication.
1975 Jane Gerow (Shared by John Hausey)
Jane Gerow served SCSBOA as the Secretary for many years when the board meetings were held at Pasadena City College. When the office was moved to Anaheim Jane chose to receive a severance package including the Honorary Life Member Award. Jane was well liked by the membership and of invaluable service.
1975 Dennis Davies
Dennis Davies taught Band, Orchestra and Beginning Instruments at First Avenue Junior High, Foothills Junior High, Arcadia High School & all elementary schools in the Arcadia Unified School District. He studied under James Jorgenson & Edward Tritt at the University of Redlands. Ron Hoar, Gordon Sanford, Wayne Reinecke, Ken Weidaw and Tom Landes. Notable students of Dennis included Patricia Kindel, Kurt Curtis and James Thompson (student teacher).
Dennis served SCSBOA as Festival Host, Parade Adjudicator, Solo and Ensemble Host and Conference Clinician. He held positions on the SCSBOA Board as President, Vice President, and VP Medals & Awards. Dennis is best known for Manager of SCSBOA High School Honor Orchestra and Junior High Honor Band. Also as a Band Director, Administrative Assistant and Coordinator of Activities at Wildwood Music Camp for 40 years, Formation Area Greeter and Starter at the Arcadia Festival of Bands for many years. Dennis received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 1966 and 1976.
1974 James Merrill (Shared by William Sumner)
James Merrill taught Band, Orchestra and Jazz Bands at Chula Vista High School and Southwestern College. James served as Department Chair, SCSBOA Festival adjudicator and SCSBOA Festival Host.
1974 Ross Davis (Shared by William Sumner)
Ross Davis taught Band at La Puente HS, Azusa HS, Santana HS (San Diego) and Anaheim HS. He served as a SCSBOA Parade Judge, Festival Adjudicator and Festival Host.
Ross was a member of the Glenn Miller Band in WWII.
1973 Larry Thomas
1973 Mervin Corner (Shared by William Sumner & Dennis Kennedy)
Merv Corner opened Magnolia High school in the 50’s and was the manager for the All Southern California Honor Band in 1959. Merv also opened Alta Loma HS in the mid 60’s.
Merv served SCSBOA as President, Vice President, festival adjudicator and parade judge.
From Dennis Kennedy, “an open demeanor with a large smile. Very helpful and tolerant of a young director. A few years later he preempted to all the PAC adjudicators a large bright yellow plaque with “SCSBOA Parade Adjudicator” on it — useful for one to place on the dashboard of one’s vehicle as one tried to get through the various impediments as we tried to reach the stand. (Hmm, if I get out a shovel, I might be able to find my placard here somewhere in my room).
1972 Herbert Roesener (Shared by Wayne Reineke & Tom Hrbcacek)
Herbert Roesener taught Band and Orchestra at Montebello High School. He studied under Whittier College Graduate, Dr. William Dale. One of his notable students was Wayne Reinecke. Herb Roesener was a Veteran and played saxophone. He graduated from Whittier College, and began teaching at Montebello High School. He developed a very strong band program there, winning numerous awards for his Marching Band. He was very active in Parade Adjudication and Jazz Programs.
Herb served SCSBOA as VP Parade. Tom Hrbacek says “Herb was my mentor at my first job at Western HS, Anaheim. Herb was a Vice Principal for the 10 years I was there. He encouraged me to become an adjudicator and was so supportive of the program and me.”
1972 Thomas Fitzgerald
Huntington Beach High School Band Director. Notable students include Tom Kubis.
1971 A. Harry Harbaugh (Shared by Dennis Kennedy)
Harry Harbaugh was a real gentleman and very knowledgeable. He visited our band room many times, usually as the road man for Gary’s Music. He was a fountain of information and advice to this young director. He was an outstanding sightreading adjudicator.
1971 Helen Bicknell (Shared by Wayne Reineke & Rosemarie Krovoza)
Helen Bicknell taught for Los Angeles Unified at the elementary level and had a very fine program.
1969 Richard Wagnon
1969 Peter Schartz
1968 Bob Greenwell
1967 Robert Fleury
Robert Fleury served as the Music Department Chair at Pasadena City College. It is believed he was a past President. He established an SCSBOA office in Pasadena, which was led by Jane Gerow. (It is believed) that Dr. Fleury was one of the founders of SCSBOA. He developed a very fine music department at PCC.
1967 Kenneth Fiske
1966 Kenneth Mack (Shared by Don Gunderson)
Kenneth Mack taught at Barstow HS and started the music program at Barstow Community College. Kenneth served SCSBOA as an adjudicator and was on the board as SCSBOA Treasurer. In 1971, Kenneth received the SCSBOA Gold Award. In 2020, the 16th annual Kenneth Mack Music Scholarship is being given to a graduating senior from Barstow High School majoring in music.
1965 Robert Runge (Shared by Curt Richardson)
In 1966, Robert Runge, Professor of Music Education at California State University, Los Angeles. Part of his teaching duties was the supervision of Student Teachers.
Robert organized the Cal State L.A. Saturday Conservatory of Music. The purpose of the Conservatory was, and still is, to provide an affordable, more individualized musical experience to children in the greater Los Angeles area, primarily targeting children from low-income families who are school-trained music students. Instrumental and vocal classes are taught in small groups by specialists who are trained music educators.
In addition, Robert Runge also served as President for SCSBOA in the 1960s. Robert also served in the United States Navy during WW2 in the Pacific.
1965 Truman Hutton (Shared by Curt Richardson)
Truman Hutton was a professor of music at California State University, Los Angeles. He was in charge of String Education and prepared educators for the classroom. In addition, he wrote “Improving the School String Section” in 1963. He also served as a Music Supervisor for the LA City School District.
1964 William Ballard
Antelope Valley High School
1963 John Green
1963 William Gould
1962 Fred Ohlendorf (Shared by Wayne Reineke)
Fred Ohlendorf taught Orchestra at Long Beach Schools. Fred Ohlendorf was a legendary administrator of music in Long Beach, CA. He brought in outstanding teachers like Michael Pappone to teach in the district. He created Arrowbear Music Camp, which he owned, and offered marvelous summer music programs. Fred had many distinguished students. In 1970 Fred received the SCSBOA Gold Award.
1961 Nicholas Furjanick (Shared by Tom Hrbacek)
Nick Furjanick was my high school band and orchestra director at Long beach Woodrow Wilson HS (I attended from 1958 – 1961 – 3 year HS in those days) He had been the director for many years before that).
Nicholas served SCSBOA as President 1959-196. He played violin in the Long Beach Symphony. He had many students that went on to professional music careers including Akira Endo.
1959 Fred Graff
1958 William Hartshorn
William Hartshorn was a music supervisor for the Los Angeles City Schools and was involved with the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.
1958 Maurice Faulkner (Shared by Wayne Reineke & Curt Richardson)
Maurice Faulkner served as conductor of the Santa Barbara Orchestra and as musical director of the Santa Barbara Fiesta Bowl Program. At UCSB he conducted the University orchestra as well as the Brass Choir. The Brass Choir achieved a considerable following throughout the state. Its reputation was known to many distinguished jazz musicians, and it was not unusual to look in on a rehearsal and to see someone like Stan Kenton sitting in with the group.
Maurice’s concern for the professional development of young instrumentalists was manifested in his formation of the All-California High School Symphony Orchestra, which he directed from 1941 to 1973.
Maurice Faulkner taught Music and Music Education at Santa Barbara College which became CSU Santa Barbara. He served SCSBOA as an extensive Festival Adjudicator. He was best known for being a very strong and demanding judge with excellent taped comments.
1958 Justin Burston (Shared by Don Gunderson)
Justin Burston was owner of Keynote Music (publications) in Los Angeles and served as host for the early SCSBOA meetings during the formative years of SCSBOA.
1957 Clinton Sawin
Clinton Sawin taught Instrumental Music at Paramount High School. Jennifer Martin followed him there and states he was very helpful. Clinton also conducted at the Wildwood Music Camp. Stephen Rochord states he was very nice and supportive and gave advice to the undergraduate cabin counselors about teaching. Clinton received the SCSBOA Gold Award in 1973.
1957 Alex Zimmerman
Alex Zimmerman of San Diego was a founding member of the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. He served as the director of Music Education for the San Diego City Schools. He served as President of MENC in 1963 and 1964. He was an honorary life member of the American Guild of Organists. He published several books and articles on music education and composed music.
1957 Clarence Sawhill (Shared by Curt Richardson)
Clarence E. Sawhill (1906-1982) was a conductor, music educator, and clinician. He was Director of Bands at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1952-1972. Prior to this, he was Director of Bands at the University of Southern California, Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, and a high school band director in Urbana, Illinois and Lawrence, Kansas. Sawhill was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1948. The Clarence E. Sawhill Papers consists of personal and professional papers including correspondence, publications, programs, memorabilia, clippings, and articles related to Sawhill’s extensive teaching career.
Sawhill was the Director of Bands at the University of Southern California. A year later, he was elected to the American Bandmasters Association. He remained at USC until 1952, when he moved across town to serve as Directors of Bands the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1961, under his directorship, the UCLA Band was invited to perform for the American Independence Day Celebration at Ribald National Park, in Aalborg, Denmark. The European Tour lasted twenty-seven days and also included concerts in London, Paris, Vienna, Munich, and Copenhagen. Sawhill’s final concert at UCLA was held on May 17, 1972. He remained active as a clinician until 1981.
1956 Vincent Dagort
Vincent Dagort attended the University of Hawaii where he served as Drum Major of the Marching Band. In 1937 he attended UCLA and earned a Masters in Music education. During WWII he played in the Army Band. He chose to serve as an infantryman. He was captured as a POW at the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge. After the war Vincent taught music at Burbank High School and Lincoln Junior High School in Santa Monica. He stayed there for 30 years, finishing his teaching career as a counselor.
After retirement Vincent dedicated himself to volunteer for the Red Cross (who he credited for saving his life). He served many disasters including 9/11.
1955 Nelson Bonar (Shared by Wayne Reineke & Don Gunderson)
Nelson Bonar taught Band and Orchestra at Fullerton High School. Nelson Nelson was a strong supporter of string music. Mrs Reineke was a student and talks often of his influence on her. She played viola in a student/faculty quartet. He was the Music Department Chair at Fullerton College.
Nelson was one of the few high school directors to conduct the All Southern Honor Band.
1954 DeForrest Gay
1954 Ralph Rush
Ralph Rush was the heart of the department of music education at USC.
1951 George Burt
1951 George Wing
1949 Fred Rupp (Shared by Pete Jackson)
Fred Rupp taught Instrumental Music at Eagle Rock High School. Roger Bobo wrote, “Fred Rupp was the music teacher of a beginning instrumental class where I had first studied the tuba, Jr. Band, Sr. Band, Jr. Orchestra, and St. Orchestra of Eagle Rock (a suburb of Los Angeles). He changed my life, he put the tuba in my hands in 1951. Mr. Rupp could play all the instruments in the band and orchestra, yet, maybe cleverly, he never picked up the tuba to demonstrate. His verbal introduction seemed to be just the right words to get me started. I remember so clearly, ‘Roger, the tuba works just like a trumpet… but two octaves lower, it takes more air than the trumpet but you’re a big guy so it shouldn’t be any problem for you.’ … He also said, ‘The tuba tone should be like a silk ribbon of sound, always beautiful and never blasty.’ More quotes of his were, ‘Beauty is always more important than loudness.’ ‘Breathing is part of the music…’”
1947 Halstead McCormac
1946 Carl Lindgren
1946 Lucien Cailliet
Lucien Cailliet taught orchestration, counterpoint and conducting at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He was also conductor of the Symphony Orchestra and Bands at the University. After teaching there for seven years, he decided to devote his time to guest conducting and composing film scores.
Lucien Cailliet wrote over 200 compositions for band, orchestra and chorus, published by many leading publishers of this country, and has been a member of ASCAP since 1946. Among his original works were Memories of Stephen Foster for orchestra (1945), Variations on “Pop Goes the Weasel” for orchestra (1938), band music, and clarinet pieces. Lucien Cailliet is well known among wind musicians for his faithful arrangements of orchestral music for wind ensemble. In particular, his arrangements of Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral (from Wagner’s opera Lohengrin) and Finlandia (a symphonic poem by Jean Sibelius) have become staples of the wind ensemble repertory.
1945 William Philips
1945 Tom Allen
1944 Holace Metcalf
Holace Metcalf was a public school teacher, musician, and in a concert band. He lived in Santa Monica and Inglewood.
1943 Ronald Rowe
1939 Vesey Walker
Vesey Walker was the original director of the Disneyland Band beginning in 1955. He led the band in thousands of parades and concerts during his years at the park. He was named “founding director” and retired in 1967, but he remained available as a guest conductor and for special appearances. He was named a Disney Legend in 2005.
1939 Chester Perry
(Unknown) Louis Curtis
(Unknown) Herbert Clark (Shared by Curt Richardson)
(September 12, 1867 – January 30, 1945) was an American cornet player, feature soloist, bandmaster, and composer. He is considered the most prominent cornetist of his time. Clarke’s legacy includes composing a portion of the standard repertoire for the instrument, many recordings, as well as a seminal school of playing which emphasized not only technical aptitude, but also increased warmth and lyricism of tone. He also produced several method books that are still used by brass students to this day.