General Information

Ventura High School

2 N. Catalina St.Ventura, CA 93001

Music Office: 805.641.5116 x2112

School Office: 805.641.5116


Ventura High School is home to some 200+ musicians who participate in over 50 community performances annually. The program includes three levels of Wind Band (Wind Ensemble II Honors, Wind Ensemble I and Concert Band), two levels of String Orchestra (String Ensemble II Honors and String Ensemble I) and the Studio Jazz Ensemble. In addition to classes, the music department students participate in various music clubs and activities including combo jazz, pep band, drum line, Tri-M, the spring musical and is the home of the Ventura Youth Symphony. Working with NAfME (National Association for Music Education) , the music department promotes leadership through Tri-M, the national music honor society. The students regularly participate in the Ventura All County and CBDA (California Band Directors Association) All State Honor Groups. We work to make music both an art and a science and prepare students for the opportunity to perform and continue their musical studies at the post-secondary and professional level. Ventura High School works closely with the community and maintains strong ties with the music departments of Anacapa, Balboa, Cabrillo, and DeAnza Middle Schools and Buena High School.

Many of the musicians who have graduated have since continued on to become music majors and professional musicians and teachers at prestigious music conservatories including the Berklee School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Cal Arts, Northwestern, San Francisco Conservatory, Syracuse University, USC, UCLA and countless other state and private schools across 19 states. Since 2010, the program has grown and an additional section of Wind Ensemble (UC Approved Honors Credit) was added for the 2016-2017 school year.

Paul C. Hunt, Music Director

Paul C. Hunt

Director, Instrumental Music Ventura High School

Director, Ventura Youth Symphony

Mr. Hunt has been director of instrumental music at Ventura High School since 2010. In 2014, he helped to re-found and become co-director of the Ventura Youth Symphony. This year marks his eighth year with the Ventura High School music department and fourth year with the Ventura Youth Symphony.Mr. Hunt received his Bachelors of Music in Wind Performance in 2007 at Cal State, Northridge where he also received his California Teaching Credential. Since Mr. Hunt's arrival at Ventura High School, the Wind Ensemble Honors and String Orchestra have earned distinction at festivals throughout the nation, most recently at the national festival in Boston, Massachusetts and the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational in Chattanooga, TN. Both groups have consistently received unanimous Superior ratings at state and national festivals and perform some of the most exciting and challenging professional level repertoire ever written. In 2010, Mr. Hunt created the Honors String Quartet which has received unanimous Superior rating at state festivals every year while performing some of the most difficult music in its genre.

Mr. Hunt is a freelance trombone, euphonium and tuba player and has performed with various opera and theater companies, most recently with the Rubicon in Ventura and his professional affiliations include the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, the California Orchestra Directors' Association, the California Alliance for Jazz, the California Band Directors' Association, American String Teachers Association, the International Trombone Association, and the National Association for Music Education.


1st Period Wind Ensemble II Honors

2nd Period String Orchestra (String Ensemble)

3rd Period -Prep-

4th Period Wind Ensemble I

5th Period Global String Ensemble

6th Period Concert Band

8th Period Studio and Combo Jazz Ensembles

(M/T/TH 4:00pm-5:00pm)

Other Ensembles

Ventura Youth Symphony- Monday nights from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

Pep Band/ Drum Line- Friday Nights