Amador Valley H.S. Music

Presented by The Amador Friends of Music

The Amador Valley High School Music Program consists of five Concert Bands – two Wind Ensembles,  Wind Syphonies, and Symphonic Band.  The Amador Valley Music program also includes three Jazz Bands (Jazz A, Jazz B, and Workshop), two Orchestras and several Choir ensembles, including Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Women's Choir, Mixed Vocal Ensemble and Men's Ensemble.  The Guard and Percussion units perform in two Winterguards and Winter Percussion units.

Jonathan R. Grantham

Jonathan Grantham, director of bands at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California, directs a band program of 300 students involved in five concert ensembles, two jazz bands, the marching band, chamber ensembles, winter percussion, and two winter guards.  

In his twelve years at Amador Valley the band program has grown to more than double in size and has earned consistent superior ratings and high honors at each event entered.  Amador's top wind ensemble performed at the CBDA state conference in 2007 and 2010 and most recently performed at the 67th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago. 

Mr. Grantham is active as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor. He was an executive board member for CMEA Bay Section and the Western Band Association.  He also served for five years on the Special Projects Committee for California Band Directors Association.

Jonathan received his bachelor's degree in music education/trombone performance from Central Michigan University, graduating magna cum laude, and has affiliations with several professional organizations.  He recently completed his master’s degree in conducting at the American Band College of Sam Houston State University.

He earned a citation of excellence from the National Band Association, received the Prudential Realty of California's Outstanding Educator's Award and earned an Excellence in Education Award from Pleasanton Unified School District in 2009.  Mr. Grantham was a recipient of the Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Education and was chosen as Pleasanton Unified School District's 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year

Mark Aubel

The 2014-15 academic year is Mr. Aubel's28th year of teaching orchestra, choir, and band.  He has taught at San Mateo High School, Pleasanton Middle School, Harvest Park Middle School, and Amador Valley High School.

Mr. Aubel has been named “Teacher of the Year” twice in his career.  He has served the California Music Educators Association as a site host, adjudicator, and the Area III representative.  Mr. Aubelhas directed honor groups throughout the Bay Area and has performed professionally with Lou Rawles, Jamey Aebersol, and Clay Aiken.

He is the producer and music director for the PUSD district musical and serves on the board of directors for Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment. (P.S.E.E.)

Mr. Aubel’s philosophy of education is to help students become better musicians and people through the art of music.  

Ensembles

Choir

Orchestra

Jazz Bands (Jazz A)

Patrick Dandrea

Mr. Patrick Dandrea, assistant director of bands at AVHS, co-directs three concert bands as well as directing Jazz B and teaching AP Music Theory. He serves as the assistant director of the marching band, as well as the winter percussion and winter guard ensembles. Mr. Dandrea is a Massachusetts native who moved to the Bay Area in 2015 after living and teaching in the Boston area for the 10 years.

During his time in Massachusetts, Mr. Dandrea taught the middle school and high school concert bands, jazz and chamber ensembles, as well as AP Theory in the Weston Public Schools. During which time, he also served on the MMEA Eastern District board as the Senior Festival Coordinator in addition to the MMEA state board as the High School Representative. He also served as the orchestra manager for the five orchestra ensembles and overall program of the Rivers Youth Orchestra.

Mr. Dandrea received his bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis on saxophone performance at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. While finishing his degree, he was awarded the inaugural Promising Future Music Educator award by MMEA. He completed his master’s degree in music education at The Boston Conservatory, studying conducting with Mr. Eric Hewitt.  As a performer, Mr. Dandrea is an active saxophone and woodwind player performing jazz and theatre gigs in the area.

 

Additional Staff

Adjunct Faculty

Dane Carlson
Oboe

Richard Krishnan
Woodwinds

Sadie Glass
French Horn

Katie Brunner
Bassoon

Rob Keedy
Concert Percussion


Marching Band

Keith Dunton
Program Director

John Meehan
Winds

Jay Murphy
Drill

Casey Brohard
Percussion

Rob Keedy
Percussion

Austin Harper
Color Guard Caption Head

Matthew Sieve
Visual Caption Head


Instructional Staff

  • Barraza, Angelica
  • Bonilla, Gabrielle
  • Brohard, Casey
  • Burge, Jessica
  • Castelan, Tiffany
  • Chervet, Chris
  • Doolittle, Rachel
  • Doucette, TJ
  • Fallon, Tammy
  • Frazer, Carver
  • Garcia, Nicholas
  • Harper, Austin
  • Hussey, Brandon
  • Keedy, Robert
  • Liedtke, Ricky
  • Lowe, Matthew
  • Madayag, Ryan
  • Meehan, John
  • Rasmussen, Jordan
  • Sieve, Matthew
  • Swanson, Michael
  • The, Spencer
  • Yim, Brandon

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