In 2011, Chloe Contreras-Jones finished 8th Grade at Chipman Junior High School, in the Bakersfield City School District, California. She auditioned for and was accepted into the California All-State Honor Band, the first student in the District to earn this distinction in many years.
Alexis Wilmore is the president of Olympian High School’s orchestra program in Chula Vista, California. By the time she graduates in 2013, she will have been involved in the Visual and Performing Arts for a total of six years. She played violin at East Lake Middle and switched to bass to help support the brand new Olympian orchestra program in 2009.
Brandon Okano is the 2011-2012 drum major and band president at Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, California. He has participated in many district wide events, including the Sweetwater Union High School District’s Summer Arts Academy, the Summer Theater Institute’s production of Les Miserables, and the 2011 Visual and Performing Arts Student Leadership Summit.
Christine Nathanson is a senior at Chula Vista High School in California and a vocal major in the School for Creative and Performing Arts. She has performed in more than 15 musical and plays, the most recent being the 2011 Summer Theater Institute production of Les Miserables. She is currently the president of her school’s Thespian Troupe and hopes to major in theatre at UCLA.
Jeremy Aquino is the clarinet assistant section leader in the Olympian High School band in Chula Vista, California. He was the featured Oboist for Sweetwater Union High School District musical Les Miserables and has been the first chair oboe player for the district honor band and art’s camp from 2009-2011. He plans on continuing his music studies after high school.
Perry Chacon is a graduate of Chula Vista High School in California and was involved in the School of Visual and Performing Art’s mariachi program with Mark Fogelquist. While attending college, he continues to be involved in the performing arts by working as a mariachi tutor for students in the Sweetwater Union High School District.
Richard Rodriguez teaches music for the Bakersfield City School District in California. He teaches to share his love of music and learning to children from the same neighborhoods where he was raised. He has been teaching for a total of thirty-four years.