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Amador Valley High School Wind Ensemble I

  • Wind Ensemble 1 has a long and proud tradition of excellence. In addition to earning regular Unanimous Superior ratings at CMEA festivals, the group has performed at the CBDA state conference three times (2007, 2010, 2018), at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago (2013, 2019), and at WASBE (2015). Additionally the group made its debut at Carnegie Hall in April of 2018. Members of the ensemble are chosen for local youth orchestras and regional/state honor bands. Amador Valley regularly has among the highest number of students participating in California all-state and all-region bands. The music program is committed to artistic excellence in all areas and is home to many musical opportunities for almost 25% of the student body. Student retention rates in music are regularly over 90%. Program offerings include three string orchestras, two choirs, a 340-member competitive marching band, five concert bands, three jazz bands, jazz combos, chamber ensembles, two winter percussion ensembles and two winter guards. The music staff is proud of the well-rounded successes of the program.
  • 12/20/2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Amador Valley High School Wind Ensemble I
  • Jonathan Grantham
  • Jonathan Grantham, director of bands at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California, leads a band program of 350 students involved in five concert ensembles, three jazz bands, a competitive marching band, various chamber ensembles, two winter percussion units, and two winter guards. In his eighteen years at Amador Valley the band program has grown to triple in size and the ensembles have earned consistent superior ratings and high honors. Under Mr. Grantham’s guidance, Amador Valley’s top wind ensemble has performed at the CBDA state conference three times (2007, 2010, 2018), at WASBE in the summer of 2015 and twice at The Midwest Clinic (2013, 2019). Mr. Grantham is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. He was an executive board member for NaFME/CMEA Bay Section and the Western Band Association and served for several years on the Special Projects Committee for the California Band Directors Association. Jonathan received his bachelor's degree in music education/trombone performance from Central Michigan University, graduating magna cum laude, and earned his master’s degree in conducting at the American Band College of Sam Houston State University, graduating summa cum laude. Honors include twice earning the Excellence in Education Award from Pleasanton Unified School District (2009, 2016) and being chosen as Pleasanton Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year (2013). Mr. Grantham was honored by the CMEA State Association in 2015 with the Don Schmeer/Byron Hoyt Band Educator Award. In 2018 Jonathan was inducted into the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Bandworld Legion of Honor.