For the last 17 years Angela Woo has been the Director of Bands at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. She has also taught band at the high school and college level. She holds a BA from UCLA as well as two masters degrees from the same school, one in music ed and one in conducting. Her third masters is from CSUN in administration.
Angela was named the Santa Monica Rotary Club District Teacher of the Year in 2005. She has also received the PTSA Honor-ary Service Award three times.
Woo continues to give back to music by serving on the Santa Monica-Malibu USD District Advisory Committee on Fine Arts and on the Board of Directors for the Elemental Strings (a youth orchestra.)
Her philosophy says,"To be an educator is a high privilege in one of the most noble professions. It is an honor to share a very brief time in the life of our students to help them explore all the possibilities that they encounter, and to enable them to realize their abilities and capabilities. Building relationships with families and helping them guide their children in making good life decisions is a very gratifying experience as a teacher. Through music, students are able to experience life lessons in character-building, responsibility, and accountability."
Woo says,"the greatest impact on my career comes from my students who teach me everyday about patience, compassion, and empathy as they develop their own identities and shape their own futures. My challenge is to always find the most compelling ways to guide, nurture, and support my students in all of their endeavors."
For the last 16 years James Mazzaferro has been the band director at Sheldon High School in Sacramento, CA. Since 1998 he has also held the position of an adjunct faculty member at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. There he teaches orchestra and special ensembles. He holds degrees from San Francisco State University and from CSU Sacramento.
He has been named Teacher of the Year several times beginning in 1983 and the last time in 2008. He was also named the outstanding Mentor Teacher for 1992-1995.
He has been very active in the CMEA Capitol Section serving as the Honor Band host since 1997. Since 2001 he has been the Artistic Director for the Cazadero Perform-ing Arts Camp
"I love kids. I love music. I love teaching kids music. These three short phrases have guided me in my teaching career since I first walked into a classroom in the fall of 1979.My passion for music. My love of children. My understanding that I am as just as much a student in my class as my students are; the fact that I do not have all the answers, but am willing to do what it takes to research what I don’t know; that I tell my students when asked a question in class that warrants a response from them, “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer; we can then go after the missing information as a group; that you are only as good as your last performance; that your goal as a person and a performer is to be better today than you were yesterday; that there is a place for everyone in music; these are the values that I strive for every time I step on the podium."