STAFF

Music Director - Mr. Andy Magana

Andy Magana has been teaching high school instrumental music for 32 years and has been at Tesoro High School for the past fourteen years. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at California State University, Long Beach and earned his Master of Music degree in Conducting at the American Band College of Southern Oregon University. Andy started his teaching career at Mountain View High School in the El Monte Union High School District in 1986. He then taught at San Clemente High School for 11 years, where he was selected as Teacher of the Year in 1997. He has also taught 6th and 7th Grade Band at Las Flores and Arroyo Vista Intermediate Schools.
Throughout his career, his ensembles have consistently earned top awards and superior ratings at tournaments and festivals. Tesoro High School has twice been recognized by the Grammy® Foundation as one of the top music programs in the nation and in 2015 was selected as a Grammy Signature school designating it as one of the top five in the country.
Mr. Magana has performed with his students all over the United States including three performances at the International Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall and once at Chicago Symphony Center. Andy has also toured and performed with his ensembles in Canada and Europe. The Orange County Music and Arts Administrators selected Andy as the Orange County Arts Educator of the Year for Instrumental Music in 2000. He was awarded SCSBOA’s Outstanding Veteran Teacher Award in 2014.
Andy was selected to conduct the 2018 SCSBOA All Southern California Middle School Honor Symphonic Band. Andy has been an active member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association and the California Band Directors Association and California Orchestra Directors Association. His service to SCSBOA includes; Vice President of Festivals, Middle Honor Band Conductor, High School Honor Band and All Star Jazz Honor Band Manager, Middle School and High School honor group audition panelist, conference clinician, and festival and field show adjudicator.

Music Director - Ms. Yeon Choi

Yeon Choi received her Bachelors of Arts in Music from the University of California, Irvine and her California Teaching Credential from California State University, Fullerton.
Ms. Choi has taught at all scholastic levels, including elementary, middle school and high school. She most recently was the director of orchestras at Niguel Hills Middle School. Over her eight years at Niguel Hills Middle School, her groups were known both on a local and regional level for their attention to detail as well as the quality of their performances, where they consistently earned superior and unanimous superior ratings at festivals.
Ms. Choi is the 2014 Capistrano Unified School District Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Choi has professional affiliations with the California Orchestra Directors Association, American String Teachers Association and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). She has served on the Board of Directors three time for the SCSBOA and is the current Vice President of Middle School Honor Groups. Ms. Choi previously held the offices of Elementary and Middle School Education and String Education.
Ms. Choi’s believes music education provides an opportunity for students to develop an appreciation for music and encourages the skills and discipline necessary for achieving musical success throughout a lifetime of experiences. Students learn the importance of a cooperative team effort while working with fellow members to accomplish the shared goals.

Richard Huang

Battery Percussion Instructor
Email: richardhuang06@gmail.com
Richard Huang as a performer, an educator, and a marching percussion battery arranger. He has over 20 years of experience and has worked with many high schools and drum corps more notably 2001 W.G.I. Silver Medalist Fountain Valley HS, 2009 S.C.S.B.O.A. Gold Medalist Savanna HS, 2014 A.D.L.A. Gold Medalist Anaheim HS, Taipei Yuehfu, The Troopers, and Pacific Crest. In 2018 he helped Tesoro HS Percussion win the Silver Medal at A.D.L.A. Finals. He is currently on faculty as a music teacher at Irvine High School and is a musician at the Disneyland Resort. He has his BA in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach and a teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton

Aron Murillo

Front Ensemble, Concert and Jazz Percussion
Email: aronemurillo@gmail.com
Aron Murillo has been a Visual and Performing Arts Clinician (VAPA) in Orange County since 2011. Originally starting in Irvine Unified School District, he has become a face familiar to Capistrano, Downey and Mammoth arts departments. He has been involved with over a dozen programs across California that have received awards such as being selected as a Grammy Signature School, Unanimous Superior ratings at festivals and “Cappies” awards in Theater Arts.
In the fall, Aron works with instrumental music ensembles such as Tesoro High School’s Concert Band & Wind Ensemble and will be returning for his third year with the Tesoro Entertainment Unit led by Andy Magana and Yeon Choi. After the marching season ends, Aron switches gears with these programs to begin rehearsals with Jazz Ensembles, Indoor Marching Percussion, Chamber Orchestras and Musicals for performances throughout the remainder of the year on campus and at festivals.

David Phan

Cymbal Tech and Visual Instructor
Email: dcphan1029@gmail.com
David is the cymbal instructor and battery visual tech for Tesoro High School. His performance experience includes; Impulse, Mandarins, Pulse Percussion (2013 – 2015), and Pow Percussion (2017). David works with Southern California high schools which includes; Westminster hs, Dana Hills hs, and Northwood hs. David is also working with Pow percussion as the cymbal tech. David graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography. David lives in Westminster, Ca

Robert rodriguez

Dance Guard Captain Head
Email: rodriguezr87@icloud.com
Robert is the new lead instructor and choreographer running Tuesday night and Thursday after school practices. Robert has been a high school and DCI Color Guard coach for many years and has built a number of very strong Fall and Winter guard programs including the Azusa HS Aztec Regiment.
Robert is also currently working with other Southern CA high schools including the Rancho Verde Crimson Regiment.

Kristen Smith

Dance Guard Instructor
Email: kristenmarie0203@gmail.com
Kristen Smith has been working with Tesoro high school since the fall of 2007. Born and raised in Orange County, she started her “Colorguard career” at El Toro high school graduating class of 2002. During her high school career she participated and preformed in WGI championships in Dayton Ohio as well as with WGASC, where she earned an Silver and two gold medals. Kristen was a performer and color guard captain for Pacific Crest Drum Corp as well as Pacific Crest winter guard from 2003-2005. In 2007 She continued marching with a world class Colorguard, Corona winter guard. Additionally She has also worked with Woodbridge high school Colorguard in 2010. She graduated from Orange Coast colleges Cardiovascular technology program and Today She works in cardiology as a cardiac sonographer.

Ryan Johnson

Caption Head
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The Tesoro Entertainment Units is excited to announce the addition of Ryan Johnson as the Visual Captain Head for the 2018 Marching Band Season!
Ryan is an award winning instructor, drill and show designer within the marching arts community. He has designed shows for award winning marching bands, winter guards and winter drum lines of all age ranges and difficulty levels for various high schools and groups throughout Southern CA and Arizona.
Ryan is an alum of the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, where he marched for seven seasons. Upon aging out in 2009, he was that drum corps First Horn Sergeant.
Last year, Ryan returned to work with the Gold Drum & Bugle Corps which is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Oceanside, California that performs in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions. He has also worked with the Pacific Crest drum corps another corps that performs in DCI competitions.
He is currently the visual caption head for the Riverside City College Marching Tigers, and the Azusa HS Aztec Regiment.
Ryan was born and raised in Arizona and now makes Southern California his home. Aside from design and teaching life, Ryan is currently pursuing a degree in music education.

Alex Quan

Visual Coach
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Alex has worked with high schools in the Southern CA area and was most recently at South Pasadena HS where he was part of the Visual Staff for the Marching Tigers.