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Andrew Hill is a graduate of San Jose State University where he studied Music Education and Trombone performance. He has performed with numerous world-renowned professionals including Wayne Wallace, Gordon Goodwin, Bonnie Hampton and Dr. Aaron Lington. Andrew was the bass trombonist for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012-2015 and performed on the orchestra’s 10th International European tour. In addition, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5” in May 2015 won best orchestral performance from the San Francisco Classical Voice’s readers poll in 2015. Currently, Andrew is an active freelance trombonist in the Bay Area for many various genres of music.
As a music instructor, Andrew has been the Trombone Instructor at Donner Mine Music Camp from 2011 – 2014, Activities Director at Donner Mine Music Camp 2015 – present, and was the Director/Trombone Instructor for the San José State University Young Musicians’ Project 2013-2015. Currently, he teaches elementary band at Booksin Elementary School in San José through Arts Initiatives, is a Music Instructor for San José Jazz Progressions, and is the Youth Brass Ensemble Conductor/Manager, Private Lessons Coordinator and low brass private studio instructor for the Santa Clara Vanguard. As part of his teaching, he focuses on sound production, increasing technical range and facility, critical work on sight-reading, and making beautiful music.
Mike Pakaluk holds a B.M. in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford), and the M.M. degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of New Mexico. His primary teachers are Jay Lichtmann, Roger Murtha, Vince DiMartino, Jeff Piper, and Jon Dante, and he has performed with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, The San Luis Obispo Symphony, PCPA Theaterfest, the Santa Maria Philharmonic, the Central City Swing Band, and the Damon Castillo Band. He currently plays in a number of Bay Area groups, among them the Mission Peak Brass Band, South Bay Dub All-Stars (Reggae), and the Menlo Brass Quintet. Mr. Pakaluk was recently hired as the trumpet instructor at Santa Clara University.
Mr. Pakaluk has been teaching instrumental music since 2006 and he is currently the Instrumental Music Director at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, where he directs the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and the Viking Marching Band & Color guard.
Mr. Pakaluk is a member of CMEA (California Music Educators Association), CBDA (California Band Directors Association), and has served as Vice-President for SCCBDA (Santa Clara County Band Directors Association). He recently was appointed to the CODA (California Orchestra Directors Association) board.
Rafael Maldonado is an upper division student at San José State University with a double emphasis in Music Education and Clarinet Performance. He is currently studying under the tutelage of Dr. Janet Averett, and has also studied with Scott Pierson. A person of many musical interests, Rafael has studied flute with Deborah Andrus and doubles on piccolo and saxophone. He is pursuing his dreams of making a career in performing and hopes to be teaching in a classroom setting down the road.
Ensembles that Rafael has been a part of at SJSU include: Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater, Jazz Ensemble, Spartan Marching Band, Pep Band, and Men’s Glee. Currently, Rafael is principal clarinetist in the San Jose State Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Clarinet Ensemble; he also serves as Alto Saxophone Section Leader in the San Jose State Spartan Marching Band. On his own time, he is a member of The Late Night Winds Woodwind Quintet playing clarinet and also the AverBAES Clarinet Quartet primarily playing Bb bass clarinet. Additionally, Rafael is a member of the Phi Mu chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon and the Lambda Psi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at San José State and also a collegiate member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).