Staff

Music Director - Mr. Andy Magana

Andy Magana has been teaching high school instrumental music for 36 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

Tony T. Nguyen

Front Ensemble Instructor
Email: tonyt@tonytmusic.com
Tony Nguyen has taken a few years off from creating personal music. During this time he has been designing marching shows for high schools and drum corps. He is back to making music and will experiment with sounds along with keeping his acoustic and orchestral routes.
You can find his music on Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Tidal, Deezer, and YouTube. You can support him by purchasing his music on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and most online stores.
Tony T Nguyen recently signed with Telepictures (Warner Bros.) They are known for placements on shows such as The Ellen Show, DC Entertainment, TMZ, Extra, and much more! Be on the lookout for some placements!

Nolan Mori

Color Guard Caption Head
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.

Gabe Rodriguez

Color Guard Instructor
Email: grodriguez120@student.lbcc.edu
Gabe Rodriguez was born and raised here in Southern California. He has performed across the west coast with various groups in the World, Open, and A Class divisions. This has helped him develop an understanding of what is expected from a performer at all levels. He brings with him variety of knowledge he learned from mentors around the country. Some of the groups he has performed with include Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, Diamante Independent World, and Vox Artium. Gabe has taught and mentored schools across the Southern California region. Some of those school include Taft Charter High School and 2020 Rose Parade participant Rancho Verde High School.
Gabe is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies at California Polytechnic University of Pomona. His goal is to inspire students to be the best versions of themselves whether that be in color guard or in the classroom. His end in mind is to work his way from being a teacher and become an administrator at the elementary school level.

Chris Schmitz

Visual Caption Head
Email: chrisschmitz256@gmail.com
Chris Schmitz is an active educator, designer, and performer in the orange county area.
A recent resident of anaheim, he previously 2 years performing with the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps as well as 4 years with the SJSU Spartan Marching Band.
While in the bay area he spent 3 years at the Kings Academy Knights Brigade, helping them win visual and a WBA gold medal in their division.
Scholastically he is currently teaching visuals at Tesoro High School, Kennedy High school, Whittier High School, Fallbrook High School. Independently he is on his first year on staff at Gold Indoor as well as his 3rd year on staff at Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corps.
As a full-time visual instructor, he is always seeking to expose his students to new forms of movement while teaching them tangible life skills.

Jason Ezquerro

Visual Tech
Email: jasonezq@yahoo.com
Jason Ezquerro is an aspiring music educator who has worked with many schools and youth ensembles throughout Southern California. He currently studies Instrumental Music Education with a minor in Finance at California State University, Long Beach, and enjoys playing the double bass in the Symphony Orchestra. Since 2019, Jason has worked with the Orange County Youth Symphony to rehearse concert repertoire, help organize rehearsals, and compose upcoming season plans.An alumnus of Tesoro High School, his aspirations to become a music educator sparked from the many leadership experiences and performance opportunities offered while a student of the music program. During his senior year, Jason was recognized by the mayor of Rancho Santa Margarita for motivating students on campus with his passion for musical involvement and named a Tesoro Performer of the Year. Jason is devoted to sharing the importance of music with students of his own, and he believes that professional behavior and ambitious work ethics found in a musical environment create lasting results of success.