Staff

Music Director - Mr. Andy Magana

Andy Magana has been teaching high school instrumental music for 34 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.
Mr. Magana 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.
Mr. Magana 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 host and 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 Education. Ms. Choi previously held the offices of Elementary and Middle School Education and String Education.
Ms. Choi 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 Titan Regiment 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.

Robert Rodriguez

Color Guard Caption Head
Email: rodriguezr87@icloud.com
Robert Rodriguez has been involved in the pageantry for over fourteen year, which began in 2005. His groups have been known locally and regionally for their attention to detail as well as the quality of their performances. Some of the highlights of his career have been working with Riverside Poly HS, Rancho Verde HS, and Vista Murrieta HS.
Mr. Rodriguez has also had success teaching drum corps. He worked with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015-2018 and most currently with the 2019 Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps.
Robert is currently beginning his 2nd year as caption head of the Tesoro Color Guard.

Rabecca Woodruff

Color Guard Instructor
Email: anote9@yahoo.com
Rabecca has been involved in the color guard world for almost 15 years. She started at Lakeside Middle School and continued at Woodbridge High School. She started coaching immediately after graduation in 2011. Rabecca has coached at almost all the high schools and middle schools in the Irvine Unified School District. She likes to say she has the Infinity Gauntlet of IUSD. Outside of coaching, she has spun a season with RCC and the independent winter guard, Genesis Ensemble. She also has performance experience with the Disneyland Resort.
In 2016, Rabecca graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor’s in Television and Broadcast Journalism. After attempting a career as a news producer, Rabecca has decided that news is no longer her passion. A year away from coaching and from Tesoro, she has returned knowing that teaching is her real dream. She is on her way to become a substitute while she gets her teaching credential.
Besides coaching Tesoro, Rabecca is also the new color guard coach at University High School. On top of that, it will be her first year as a band tech at Woodbridge High School helping them with their movement. She is incredibly excited to be involved in the marching arts again. This time, she has no plans on leaving."

Nolan Mori

Color Guard Instructor
Email: nolanhmori@gmail.com
Nolan is an alumnus of Tesoro High School and new to the color guard staff. He moved back to Southern California from the Bay Area where he spent many years teaching high school color guards and performing in multiple world class DCI and WGI groups.
Nolan graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S in Genetics & Plant Biology with a minor in Dance & Performance Studies and still performs with a dance company in the Bay Area.

Ryan Johnson

Visual Design & Caption Head
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
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.