Huge Wins at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival

CJO and PST competed at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival on Sunday, March 30. Alumnus Justin Padilla’s Oak Middle School Big Band was also one of the finalists invited to compete.

Three BCCM students were named Outstanding Soloists at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda (that’s one half of the total number of Outstanding Soloists!).

Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Jarvis, finished second in a highly competitive College Big Band Division.

Pacific Standard Time, under the direction of Christine Guter, won the College Vocal Jazz Division and will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

Justin Padilla: Los Alamitos Unified School District Teacher of the Year

Alumnus Justin Padilla (saxophone, BM instrumental music and MM) music instructor at Oak Middle School was selected as the 2014  Los Alamitos Unified  School District Teacher of the Year.

For the third year, his jazz ensemble was selected as one of six in the nation to perform in the Next Generation Educational Branch of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

With over 200 students in his music program, Justin welcomes Cole student teachers and observers.

Eugene Migliaro Corporon inducted into Bands of America Hall of Fame

Alumnus Eugene Migliaro Corporon has been inducted into the Music For All – Bands of America Hall of Fame. Music for All is one of the largest and most influential national music education organizations.

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life-changing impact on Music for All’s Bands of America programs and music education.

Mr. Corporon is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas. He has recorded over 700 works.

Jazz at the Beach at Monterey Next Gen

Three BCCM students were named Outstanding Soloists at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda.

Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Jarvis, finished second in a highly competitive College Big Band Division.

Pacific Standard Time, under the direction of Christine Guter, won the College Vocal Jazz Division and will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

Stephen Salts Awarded Fulbright to UK

A HUGE congratulations goes to Stephen Salts (MM Choral Conducting) who has been awarded a Fulbright to study in the UK. He is completing his MM in Choral Conducting this May. From September 2014 to July 2015, Stephen will represent the United States as a cultural ambassador in London, England.

While researching the English choral tradition, he will be earning a second Masters degree in music at Royal Holloway, University of London where he will study with celebrated conductor, Rupert Gough.

Sean Dunnahoe who earned his BM (composition) and MA (musicology) at BCCM is working on his doctorate at Royal Holloway.

Eric Graham Named Educator of the Year

Alumnus Eric Graham was honored as a California League of High Schools Educator of the Year for Region 11 (Orange County).The nomination came from his principal, school administration as well as his department chair at Marina High School where Eric is Director of Choirs.

Alumnus Justin Padilla named Los Alamitos USD Teacher of the Year

Alumnus Justin Padilla has been named Los Alamitos Unified School District Teacher of the Year. He will be part of a program which recognizes excellent teachers. The Superintendent of the Los Alamitos Unified School District wrote of him:

“Justin has been the Band Director at Oak Middle School for nine years, where he built the program from a small number of students to well over 160 students in seven unique performing ensembles. His jazz band, symphonic band, and orchestra are involved in several music festivals each year and have received many awards and superior ratings. Justin is visible throughout the District by serving on several committees, performing at school and community events, and even participating with LAEF for the King and Queen of Hearts Gala.

“Mr. Padilla is a sought after mentor teacher, coordinates many parent volunteers to support his programs, and is currently the Vice President of Jazz Education for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), the premiere music educators association in Southern California.  Most importantly, Justin is an excellent teacher and musician. He loves working with young people and truly ignites unlimited possibilities for the students in his care. He is masterful at the art and science of teaching!”