© 2020 by Rob Bentley for 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.

The Central Section of CMEA serves the California counties of Kern, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, and Merced, including the communities of Bakersfield, Hanford, Lemoore, Tulare, Visalia, Porterville, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, and Merced. 

Steve McKeithen

Steve is the Associate Director of Bands at California State University, Fresno, where he directs the Bulldog Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and the Bulldog Basketball Band in addition to teaching music education courses.  

1st Vice President
Mike Tackett

Michael is the Director of Bands at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia.

2nd Vice President
Dr. Leo Sakomoto

Leo is Assistant Professor and Director of Instrumental Studies at California State University, Bakersfield, where he conducts the Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra, directs the Pep Band and teaches courses in music education and conducting.

Dr. Tony Mowrer

Dr. Tony Mowrer is a Professor of Music Education and Co-coordinator of Music Education at California  State University, Fresno.

Justin Adams

Justin is the Band Director at Monache High School in Porterville.

Past President
Bill Wilkinson

Bill is the Band Director at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School in Hanford. He is in his 22nd year. He has been active in CBDA serving as Vice-President and has has received the President's Award for his efforts with CASMEC as logistics coordinator.

Festival Coordinator North
and Media Coordinator
Rob Bentley

Rob has been teaching music in Hanford since 1989.  He currently teaching at Pioneer Middle School in Hanford.

Band Representative
Christine Keenan

Christine Keenan is the cofounder and conductor of the Wind Symphony of Clovis. She directs the concert band at Reedley College and teaches music courses at Fresno Pacific University. She is also a supervisor and mentor for FPU music credential students.

Festival Coordinator South
Peggy Biller
Legislative Action Rep
Walt Crider

Peggy has recently retired from teaching in the Rosedale Union School District.

Walt has recently retired.

Choral Representative
Orchestral Representative
Ali Golden

Ali is the Orchestra Director at the Reagan Educational Center in Clovis.

General Music Representative
Dr. Emily Mason
Jazz Representative
Joe Lizama

Dr. Mason is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Co-Coordinator of Music Education at California State University, Fresno.  She is also the Central Section General Music Representative for the CMEA General Music Advisory Board.

Joe is a freelance drummer/educator based out of Fresno

Kern County Representative
David Green
Tulare/Kings Counties Rep.
Calvin Carr
Calvin is the Band Director at Pixley Middle School. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from California State University, Fresno and a Masters in Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.
Festival Sight Reading Coordinator
Jack Bertrand
Rural Schools Representative
Ryan Dirlam
Ryan is the Director of Bands at Firebaugh High School
Higher Ed Representative
Elisha Wells

Alisha is the Instrumental Music Director at Fresno City College.

Fresno/Madera Counties Rep.
Marco Mellone
Marco is a Band Director in the Clovis Unified School District.
Merced/Mariposa Counties Rep.
Ashley Shine
Ashley is the Director of Bands at Weaver Middle School in Merced. 

Ms. Shine also serves as a member of the CS Rural Schools Committee for her counties.