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Honor Band Students Highlight CUHSD's Wealth of Musical Talent

Guest conductors from five high school and university music programs around the country will lead more than 800 students through a series of daylong rehearsals that will culminate in an evening concert at the San Jose State Event Center on March 30th as part of Campbell Union High School District’s (CUHSD) 44th annual music festival.

The music students will learn new arrangements before demonstrating their talents in a slate of jazz, percussion, concert choir, and symphonic band and orchestral performances in an evening concert.

“We know that instruction in the arts and music boosts academic success and helps produce well-rounded students,” said CUHSD Interim Superintendent Tanya Krause. “The district’s annual music festival is a way for us to celebrate the talents of our students while highlighting the opportunities for education and enrichment that our strong community support affords us.”

This year’s guest conductors include:

  • David Gorham, Owassa High School symphonic band composer & director, Tulsa, OK
  • Anne-Marie Katemopoulos, Lincoln High School concert choir director, San Jose, CA
  • Daniel Zinn, Cal State East Bay jazz ensemble director, Hayward, CA
  • Aaron Hines, eNVision Arts percussion ensemble composer & arranger, Reno, NV
  • John Burn, Homestead High School symphony orchestra director, Cupertino, CA

Among the students enrolled in choral and instrumental classes throughout the district are many who have received regional and state recognition for their skills. These students include:

  • Darren Liou, Bb clarinet, 2016 California All-State Music Education Conference Honor Band (Leigh High)
  • Mike Fang, bassoon, 2016 California All-State Music Education Conference Concert Band (Branham High)
  • Lindsey Wyant, trumpet, 2016 California All-State Music Education Conference Concert Band (Branham High)
  • Lauren Collar, flute, 2016 California All-State Music Education Conference Wind Symphony (Prospect High)
    • Lauren Collar, flute, 2016 Santa Clara County Band Directors Association Honor Band (Prospect High)
  • Millan Chaudhary, tuba, 2016 Northern California Band Association Honor Band (Leigh High)
  • Alec Reynolds, tuba,2016 Northern California Band Association Honor Band (Leigh High)
  • Kensy Cotter, clarinet, 2016 Santa Clara County Band Directors Association Honor Band (Prospect High)
  • Katie Watts, trombone, 2016 Santa Clara County Band Directors Association Honor Band (Prospect High)
  • Kane Tanaka, trumpet, 2016 Santa Clara County Band Directors Association Honor Band (Westmont High)
  • Spencer Causey, french horn, 2016 Santa Clara County Band Directors Association Honor Band (Westmont High)
  • Mashad Badii Westmont, flute, 2016 Santa Clara County Band Directors Association Honor Band (Westmont High)
  • Meera Lester, bass clarinet, 2016 Santa Clara County Band Directors Association Honor Band (Leigh High)
  • Cameron McKay, 2016 California All-State Music Education Conference Choir (Branham High)
  • Anna Lewandowski, 2016 California All-State Music Education Conference Choir (Branham High)
  • Emily Hilton-Nickel, 2016 California All-State Music Education Conference Choir (Branham High)
  • Emma Tucker, 2016 California All-State Music Education Conference Choir (Branham High)
  • Savidu Geevaratne, 2016 California All-State Music Education Conference Choir (Branham High)
  • Caroline Ware, 2016 California Coastal Region Honor Choir (Branham High)

More information is at www.cuhsdmusicfestival.org.