Joe Kelly - Director
Joseph Kelly is a 2000 graduate of San Jose State University with a bachelor’s in French horn performance with an emphasis in music education. In 1998, he was hired to coach the marching band at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale and was hired in 2000 to the full-time staff shortly after receiving his Teaching Credential from SJSU. In his time at Fremont, the instrumental program has expanded from about 34 students to over 200 students in three full size Concert Bands, two String Orchestras, Marching Band, Winter Guard, Winter Percussion, and Jazz Band. His groups consistently receive high ratings at festivals, competitions and concerts.
Professionally, Mr. Kelly served on the Board for the California Music Educators Association Bay Section representing all of northern Santa Clara County. He also served as the Vice President (4 years) and President (3 years) of the Santa Clara County Band Director’s Association helping to run and organize the annual County Honor Band. He is currently the immediate Past President and still serves on the Board and is the current site host for the annual honor band auditions in December. In 2006, Mr. Kelly Guest conducted the Lake & Mendocino Counties Honor Band up in Ukiah.
Mr. Kelly still performs on a regular basis on both his French Horn and conducting. He is the current Principal Horn player for the San Jose Wind Symphony and a section member of the Cambrian Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he performs numerous musical theater productions in the south bay, primarily with South Bay Musical Theater, West Valley Light Opera, and Sunnyvale Community Players. In June of 2018, he was a Theater Bay Area Final as “Best Music Director” for his conducting work in SBMT’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” In December 2018, he will be a part of a world premiere musical (David Copperfield) with the Jewel Theater in Santa Cruz. In February of 2019, he will music direct the junior production Bye Bye Birdie with the Sunnyvale Community Players. He is also a member of the “4+1 Brass Quintet” and “SUITE Woodwind Quintet.”
He lives in Cupertino with his wife, Deborah, and his two beautiful daughters, Hannah (10) and Sophia (8). He remains forever grateful of their unending support.
Warren Scott - Music Caption Head
Warren Scott is a 2006 graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance where he studied with Dr. Janet Averett. After receiving his teaching credential from San Jose State in 2008, Mr. Scott worked as a freelance musician and substitute teacher until 2011 when he was hired to teach K-12 music for the Raymond School District in Raymond, WA. During his two year tenure, Mr. Scott taught high school band, choir and pep band, junior high school band, elementary band, and general music. Citing homesickness as the primary reason, Mr. Scott sought employment back home in California and was hired in 2013 as the music teacher at Columbia Middle School in Sunnyvale, CA, where he is currently employed. During his tenure, the number of music students at CMS has risen from 175 to well over 350 and the music program now consists of two full time music teachers and offers courses in band, orchestra, choir, ukulele, and general music. In 2016, Mr. Scott was Columbia Middle School's teacher of year in addition to being named Outstanding Contributor to the Arts by the City of Sunnyvale.
Professionally, Mr. Scott remains an active freelance musician in the South Bay, performing off and on with Children's Musical Theater of San Jose and the San Jose Wind Symphony. In addition, Mr. Scott has been on staff for the Fremont High School Firebird Marching Band as a woodwind tech since 2005. Warren also serves as the site representative for Sunnyvale Education Association at Columbia Middle School. He is also completing coursework towards of Master of Music Education degree at Michigan State University that will be completed in the summer of 2020.
Mr. Scott resides in Cupertino, CA where he is roommates with Joseph Kelly. In his free time, Warren enjoys reading, playing video games, watching the Warriors, and riding his bike.
Daniel Valdez - Percussion Director
Garrett Moya - Color Guard Director
Hector Mendoza - Visual Caption Head
Hector, an alumni from Fremont High School, marched all four years of his HS marching band career. During his senior year, he became drum major and was awarded most inspirational by his peers. Hector also did all four winter seasons, one being winter guard and the remaining three being winter percussion. He has also marched with the Vanguard Cadets, a Drum Corp International group that is during the summer. He started at age 13 and went on to march two seasons with them from 2012-2013.
After graduating, Hector began teaching at Fremont where he was a visual tech for two seasons for both winter percussion and marching band. He then became visual co-caption head for marching band and visual caption head/drill designer for winter percussion. He also was visual caption head for Sobrato HS before he went on to teach at Monta Vista HS where he now is a visual tech for marching band and visual caption head/ drill designer for winter percussion.