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Honor Music Festival

March 2, 2018

About our Countywide Music Festival

Since 1955, the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office and the Tuolumne County Music Educators’ Association (TCMEA) has coordinated an annual countywide elementary music festival.  The festival was started as a way to showcase all of the individual music programs at the elementary schools.

The Tuolumne County Elementary Honor Music Festival has continued and prospered due to the efforts of past and present music educators.  The festival carries a great deal of tradition in Tuolumne County and generations of families fondly remember their participation in this event.

Bruce Paxton, the countywide music consultant, was instrumental in starting the festivals and was actively involved for 30 years.  Sadly, Bruce passed away in 2005.  As a way to honor Bruce and the legacy he began so many years ago, this festival is dedicated in his memory.

Bruce Paxton

Tuolumne County Honor Band

Guest Conductor: Ulices Chavez

Ulices Chavez has been in music education for over 25 years.  He earned his Bachelors in Music Education from CSU Stanislaus where he was a student of Dr. Edward C. Harris.  Mr. Chavez taught two years at Juan Crespi Jr. High School in Pinole, CA before moving back to Modesto and teaching six years at Johansen High School.  Since 2003, he has been the Dir. of Bands and Orchestra at La Loma Jr. High School in Modesto, CA.  At La Loma, he teaches Adv. Band, String Orchestra, Beginning Band and a History of Rock n’ Roll course.

Mr. Chavez currently serves as president of the Stanislaus County Music Educators Association and as recording secretary of the California Music Educators Association Bay Section.  He has been a presenter at regional conferences, is an active adjudicator/clinician at CMEA Band & Orchestra Festivals, keeps a private saxophone studio and freelances as a professional classical and jazz musician.

Ulices enjoys hiking, mountain biking, playing softball, wine tasting and losing one-on-one to his stepson in basketball.  He lives in Stockton, CA with his wife Kerry and two wonderful stepchildren, Jillian and Scott.  His favorite quote is by Bohemian composer, Gustav Mahler, “What is best in music, is not to be found in the notes.”

Tuolumne County Honor Choir

Guest Conductor: Nathan Pothier

Conductor Nathan Pothier is the current director of multiple choirs in San Clemente, CA for both children and adults.  A member of the American Choral Directors Association, he remains active in the music scene of California.  He earned his BA in Music from BYU – Idaho, followed by 5 years as a High School choir teacher in Bakersfield, CA.  Nathan is excited to return to Tuolumne where his love of music first began as a student at Sierra Waldorf School and Sonora High.  He was greatly influenced by Carol Weston Crich and Madeline Young Thill, two of the best music teachers he’s ever known.

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