District Honor Band Concert is Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at 5:00 pm Location: Chula Vista High School – Jack Tygett Performing Arts Center (820 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911) General Admission is $5 at the door.
Featuring the finest Middle & High School Honor Band Students. Auditions were held in December and were open to all SUHSD band students. The best players were selected to rehearse and perform under the direction of two special guest conductors for an enriching musical experience.
Event Manager: Mr. Eric Mabrey, Band Director at Olympian High School.
Honor Symphonic Band Guest Conductor
Robert Sheldon is one of the most performed composers of wind band music today. A recipient of numerous awards from the American School Band Director’s Association, Phi Beta Mu and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, his compositions embody a level of expression that resonate with ensembles and audiences alike. His music is performed around the world and appears on many international concert and contest lists. With over one million copies of his compositions and books sold, Mr. Sheldon regularly accepts commissions for new works, and produces numerous publications for concert band and orchestra each year.
Mr. Sheldon’s schedule includes many appearances as conductor for All-State and Regional Honor Bands and Orchestras. He also frequently appears as a Music Education clinician, and has presented sessions and seminars at numerous colleges and universities as well as state and national conferences. He has served as a conductor and clinician for over one-thousand events throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, Australia and China, and has conducted performances of his works in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Taipei’s National Concert Hall, Matsumoto’s Seiji Ozawa Performing Arts Center, the Sydney Opera House and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Mr. Sheldon is currently Director of Concert Band Publications for Alfred Music.
Honor Concert Band Guest Conductor
Jay Posteraro is currently in his 23rd year as band director at Mesa Verde Middle School in the Poway Unified School District. He is originally from New York and has been in California almost 25 years. Mr. Posteraro earned music degrees from the State University of New York Potsdam (Crane School of Music) and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Posteraro’s bands at Mesa Verde consistently receive outstanding ratings at music festivals throughout California. In March 2011, The Mesa Verde Select Ensemble won the Chicago Festival of Gold, the first time in the thirty-year history of the festival a middle school group has gained such distinction. Mr. Posteraro has conducted the Escondido Middle School Honor Band twice, the San Diego Unified School District Honor Band, and the Anaheim Union School District Honor Band to name a few. He is also the directed the University of San Diego Pep Band for several years.
Mr. Posteraro is an active trumpet player, having performed throughout the country, most notably as a member of the All-American College Orchestra in Disney World and as a musician at Busch Gardens, VA. In addition, he performs regularly in San Diego as a member/owner of Select Brass, the Pacific Sound Brass Quintet, and as an in demand musician/clinician. Mr. Posteraro’s professional memberships include MENC, CMEA, SCSBOA, and the International Trumpet Guild. Mr. Posteraro was recently named the Poway Unified School District Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year and a Top-Ten Finalist for San Diego County Teacher of the Year. Additionally, he was named California Music Educators Association-Southern Border Section Educator of the Year for 2013.
Mr. Posteraro believes in teaching his students life skills through music in his band classroom. His philosophy is why settle for good when you can be great. Always be better than you think you can be!