Meet The Board

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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 Director of Bands at Monache High School in Porterville.

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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.  

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Rob Bentley

Rob is a graduate of Fresno State University and has been teaching music in Kings County since 1989.  He is currently teaching in the Lemoore Union Elementary School District.

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Eric Ramirez

Eric is currently the Director of Bands at Hanford West High School, and President of the South Valley Winter Arts Association (SVWAA).

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Lisa Butts

Lisa is retired from Hanford West High School. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at West Hills College. She is an active adjudicator and clinician.


Kristen Pallas

Kristen is currently Director of Bands at El Diamante High School in the Visalia Unified School District.


Jennifer McGill

Jennifer is the Director of Choral activities at Hanford High School. She is very active in the Choral Community as well as being a choreographer for numerous musicals in the Central Valley. She earned her degree at Bowling Green State University.

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Lisa Fritz

Lisa is currently Director of Bands Sequoia Youth Symphony


Dr. Emily Mason

Dr. Mason is Associate 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 Lizama

Joe is a freelance drummer/educator based out of Fresno

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Paul Lucckesi

Paul is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College.


David Green

David is currently an Academic Coach for the Bakersfield City School District Visual and Performing Arts Department.


Doug Hunt

Doug is currently the President of TKMEA. He is a music teacher in the Tulare City School District. He is an active performer on trombone in many local jazz groups.


Marco Mellone

Marco is the Director of Instrumental Music for the Reagan Educational Center in Clovis Unified School District. He is also the Vice President for the Western Band Association (WBA).

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Janet Tenpas

Janet is the Music Director at Liberty High School and Ranchos  Middle School in Madera Ranchos.


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. 

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Michael Tackett

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

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Elisha K. Wells

Elisha K. Wells is the Director of Bands, Brass, and Music Theory at Fresno City College.


Dr. Leo Sakomoto

Leo is Assistant Professor and Director of Instrumental Studies at California State University, Bakersfield.