The CMEA Central Section
This page is the official headquarters of the Central Section of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA). CMEA is the state chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Together these organizations promote music education, serve as an invaluable source for music educators statewide and nationwide, and provide for musical activities and opportunities for all children to experience as musicians.
This website is designed to help provide information about music education and music educators in the California counties of Kern, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, and Madera. The Central Section of CMEA serves the communities of Bakersfield, Hanford, Lemoore, Tulare, Visalia, Porterville, Fresno, Madera, and all other cities and communities in the these counties. This website will also direct you to more detailed information regarding music education in the various counties, as smaller units of CMEA-Central Section also have websites devoted to this purpose for their own counties.
Central Section Fall Conference
Make plans to attend the CMEA Central Section Fall Conference at CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, September 27th from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. To register now, click the button below. $35 through September 24 $40 after the 24th.
There will be outstanding sessions including:
Key Note Speaker
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Lynne Faulks, CMEA Lobbyist
Tuba Boot Camp with Jim Self
Choir Boot Camp with Kathy Blumer and Tammy Spurgeon
Teaching Recorders with Brett Clausen
General Music with Rachel Watson, Kaitlin Johansson
Music & Movement with Jeanette McGrath
Rhythm Section Mysteries Solved with Rick Shaw, Brian Hamada, Mike Dana, and Craig VonBerg
Tuning Essentials for String Orchestra with Albert Jeung
Choral Theory and Sight Reading with Christopher Borges and Jennifer Lapp
Albert Jeung is the Director of Orchestras at Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo, CA in the Capistrano Unified School District. The school possesses one of the largest and most extensive high school orchestra programs in the state consisting of five string orchestras and three full orchestras with over 300 participants. He has taught string method courses at California State University, Long Beach, and is a former orchestra director at Santa Ana College. He has been a guest clinician at numerous state and regional music education conferences, and has conducted numerous youth honor orchestras including: the CA All-State High School Honor String Orchestra, the All-Southern Honor Orchestras, the Central Coast Honor Orchestras, the San Bernardino County Honor Orchestras, the Kern County Honor Orchestras, and the Tulare/Kings County Honor Orchestra. He has also conducted honor orchestras in the following school districts: Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, Yorba Linda/Placentia, Sweetwater Union, Capistrano, San Diego, Bakersfield, and in the states of Colorado, Hawaii, Utah, and Nevada. In 2006 and in 2013, he was awarded “Arts Educator of the Year for Secondary Instrumental Music” in Orange County, and 2011 he was awarded “State Orchestra Educator of the Year" by the California Music Education Association. In 2014, he was bestowed the Honorary Life Member Award by the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association where he has served three terms as the Vice-President of String Education and is currently the President –Elect for the 2015-2016 school year. He possesses Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from California State University, Long Beach.
MIKE DANA (Guitar)
Composer and guitarist Mike Dana lives in Fresno, California, where he has been Director of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College since 1990. AT FCC, Mike directs the award-winning Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and co-directs the Vocal Jazz Ensemble with his wife Julie. He also teaches advanced improvisation, jazz theory, arranging, jazz history, Finale, and a music business course. In 2004, Mike founded (and serves as musical director of) the Jazz Composers Orchestra, an ensemble made up of the finest jazz musicians and educators in central California. This ensemble was invited to perform the Gil Evans Fellowship commission at the International Association for Jazz Education conference in January 2005.
Mike is quite active as a performer, leading several groups, including his own jazz quartet, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, and Bahia, a group focusing on Brazilian music. His jazz guitar credits include performances with Cannonball Adderley, Gary Burton, Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer, Bobby Shew, Ingrid Jensen, Ernie Watts, Arturo Sandoval, Tim Ries, and many others. He has composed music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, musical theater, film, choral ensembles, TV commercials, and of course jazz. His commissions, compositions and arrangements for both instrumental and vocal jazz ensemble have received excellent reviews in the IAJE journal and are widely performed across the United States. Mike continues to be in demand as a guest artist and clinician for jazz festivals throughout the western U.S., as a guest conductor for honor jazz bands, and as a faculty member for summer workshops, including the Lafayette Jazz Workshop, Britt Institute (Oregon), Yosemite Jazz Guitar Workshop, and CSU Summer Arts programs.
Mike earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in composition from California State University Fresno. He also attended the Berklee College of Music, and studied privately with jazz guitar legend Joe Pass. Currently, he is nearing completion of his doctorate (focusing on the teaching of jazz improvisation at the secondary level) at Boston University.
BRIAN HAMADA (Drums)
Brian Hamada – closet cowbell enthusiast, drummer and jazz educator – has performed with numerous jazz & pop music legends both traditional and contemporary, including Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Lanny Morgan, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, Bud Shank, Bob Mintzer, Jeff Lorber, Tim Ries, Jim Snidero, Michael Davis, Carmen Bradford, Brian Lynch and Ingrid Jensen. As a member of the legendary CSU Fresno Jazz Band ‘A’ he toured Japan, Korea and Europe, performed at the Northsea and Montreux International Jazz Festivals, and in 1983 he was the recipient of a DownBeat jazz soloist award. (Other winners that year were Larry Grenadier, Vince Mendoza and Jeff Beal.) He has been an active jazz and drum clinician / adjudicator throughout the west coast for over 20 years and maintains a vibrant drum studio in central California. He has presented numerous clinics, workshops and master classes on jazz drumming and remains committed to music education at all levels.
Brian is teaching jazz drumset at CSU, Fresno in the Department of Music’s Jazz Studies degree option. He also directs the efforts of the Milestones “Green Mill” Ensemble, the creative small group of the new Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop, founded in 2012 to provide more opportunities for local Fresno-area students to learn & play jazz. He is also on the faculty of the Milestones Youth Jazz Summer Camp.
Since 2005 he has drummed with the modern jazz group “bug”, featuring saxophonist Peter Epstein, pianist/composer James Miley, guitarist/composer Jeff Miley, and bassist Roger Shew. The group’s second CD “The GADfly” was released in September 2009 and has received international airplay and critical acclaim. A new CD has been recorded and is planned for a 2014 release.
Locally (in the Fresno area) he performs regularly with The Craig VonBerg Trio, The Richard Giddens Trio, The Benjamin Boone ‘Evolution’ Quintet, The After Dinner Mints, and currently holds down the drum chair for the Fresno Jazz Composers Orchestra.
For over 25 years he has performed with virtually all of Fresno’s best jazz and pop musicians at one time or another, and was honored by the local music community as “best drummer” at the “Contemporaries”, hosted by the “Wild Blue” nightclub in 1990.
During that era he played regularly with Aqua Bob, No Prisoners, Bill Bixler & Leslie Letven, Jim Bixler, George Roessler, Folly’s Pool, The Dodger Haters, CSUF Alumni Jazz Band “A”, and many more.
His extensive show drumming skills have had him backing legendary artists as varied as Andrea Bocelli, Regis Philbin, Don Ho, Eartha Kitt, Bob Hope, Jerry Vale, Dick Contino, Sons of the San Joaquin, The Tokens, Red Skelton, Bob Newhart and Joan Rivers, just to name a few.
Brian’s recent studio drumming credits is represented by jingles for local businesses – Good Company Players, Table Mountain Casino, KMPH, The Big Fresno Fair, Fresno Distributing, and other regional and national accounts.
He resides in Fresno with his wife Lori and his two happy children Madeline and Evan.
RICK SHAW (Bass)
Rick Shaw (B.M. CSU Sacramento, M.M. Eastman School of Music) has been a freelance bass player in Los Angeles for over 25 years. Playing both electric and acoustic basses, he records for such TV show as The Simpsons, Family Guy, and The Cleveland Show. Recordings for movies include Mr. Popper's Penguins, Up In The Air, and National Treasure. He’s played for many musicals including Cats, Grease, A Chorus Line, My Secret Garden, Flower Drum Song, and Harps and Angels (music of Randy Newman).
He’s also played in the bands of Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson (High Voltage). Currently he records and performs with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat band and in concert with singing legend Johnny Mathis.
As a teacher Rick is active as a clinician and concert performer, and an adjunct professor at both Riverside Community College and Pasadena City College.
CRAIG VonBERG (Piano)
Craig VonBerg is an experienced jazz pianist, composer, published arranger, and educator. He has worked with a variety of jazz notables and entertainers including Bob Hope, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Maynard Ferguson, Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Tim Ries, Brian Lynch and many others. He has been teaching various jazz-related subjects at California State University, Fresno since 2000. As well, Craig teaches part time at Fresno City College and West Hills Community College, Lemoore, teaching subjects as diverse as MIDI Music Production and Music Appreciation. He lives in Fresno, with his wife and daughters, where he and his wife lead worship at their church. He has headed a successful jazz performance series and Jam session, Jazz Jam at Tokyo Garden, since 2003.
Mr. Cantu received his B.A. degree in Music Education from CSU, Fresno. He’s been teaching in public schools for 22 years. His experience includes teaching band from 5th grade - high school, elementary orchestra, classroom music from K – 7th grade, and teaching mariachi. He is currently teaching in Visalia Unified School District teaching band and classroom music in the elementary schools.
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