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's  28th 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. Aubel  has 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.  




Jazz Bands (Jazz A)

Matthew Fell

Matthew Fell did his undergraduate studies at the BIOLA University Conservatory of Music where he received a BM in Music Education as well as Trombone Performance. During his time at BIOLA Mr. Fell studied conducting under Dr. Robert Feller and trombone with Dave Stetson of the Pacific Symphony.

After student teaching at Kennedy High School he served as the Associate Director of Music at Downey High School where he taught band and choir for five years.

In 2013 Mr. Fell received a Master’s degree in Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University.

He is thrilled to be part of the wonderful music community at Amador Valley High School, working with the Marching Band, Concert Bands, and Jazz Workshop.

In the mornings Mr. Fell works with the 6th and 7th graders at Harvest Park Middle School with Mr. Perazzo.

Mr. Fell has been happily married to his best friend, Jenna, since 2006 and they have two wonderful boys named Silas and Calvin..

Additional Staff

Adjunct Faculty

Joe Haworth
Low Brass

Rob Keedy
Concert Percussion

Peter Neuffler
French Horn

Marching Band

John Meehan

Jay Murphy

Casey Brohard

Rob Keedy

Sonia Dominguez
Color Guard

Zak Stilwell

Instructional Staff

Amanda Tsukamoto
Austin Harper
Bryant Collins
Casey Brohard
Gary Briggs
Jay Murphy
Joe Haworth
John Meehan
Jordan Rasmussen

Kristin Dumdumaya
Marina Coop
Rob Keedy 
Rosti Matus
Scott Opperwall
Sonia Dominguez
TJ Doucette
Travis Vernon
Whitney Herne
Zak Stilwell

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