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Malibu High School names new band instructor

Ashleigh Fryer, Senior Editor
4:03 pm PDT June 23, 2014

Malibu High School hired band instructor Angel Velez, who will teach the new morning jazz band class for the 2014-2015 school year.

Velez worked as the college band director at Taylor and Marian University in Indiana. He also worked as a studio conductor and orchestrator while completing his master’s degree in teaching at the University of Southern California.  

Velez earned a bachelor of music degree from Butler University, a graduate certificate in arranging and orchestration from the Berklee College of Music as well as his master of arts in teaching from USC. During his time at USC, Velez collaborated with orchestra teachers at Santa Monica High School and Lincoln Middle School “to increase his knowledge beyond just his experience working with winds and percussion to also include strings,” an MHS press release stated.

“Mr. Velez understands that student success ia a direct result of a collective vision,” the press release said. “He cultivates and values effective relationships with parents, staff, students and the broader community to help meet this collective vision for the band program at Malibu MS and HS.”

To enroll a student in the morning jazz band class, contact the child’s counselor in August before the start of school.