We are pleased to announce that our 5th Grade band students have a new Instrumental Music Teacher, funded by MEF donors.
Our students are in VERY good hands with Dr. German “Mancho” Gonzalez, who is the current Music Director of the San Francisco Civic Symphony! Dr. Gonzalez will teach at each elementary school one day per week from 8:15am-10:30am as follows:
Tuesday: Spring Valley Elementary
Wednesday: Lomita Park Elementary School
Thursday: Meadows Elementary
Friday: Green Hills Elementary
The MEF Board is thrilled to have Dr. Gonzalez on board as an integral part of our mission to bring Millbrae’s public school students vital and enriching music education. Music education and instrumental instruction at our 4 elementary schools is funded 100% by our donors and sponsors. If you have not made a contribution this school year, please donate today to keep this program going strong.
Biography via SFCS:
G. Mancho Gonzalez began conducting the San Francisco Civic Symphony in 2010 as associate conductor and became the music director in the fall of 2012. His passion for community music making began at the age of 12 and has performed as a trumpeter, percussionist, and conductor. He has participated in a variety of community musical groups including bands, orchestras, jazz bands, musicals, and chamber ensembles. He been the music director for various community ensembles including the River City Concert Band, Cosumnes River College Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, in Sacramento, and the Eugene Symphonic Band in Oregon.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State, a Master of Music in conducting from California State University, Sacramento, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Arizona State University. Dr. Gonzalez has taught K-12 music and directed ensembles at Oregon State University and St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He has guest conducted various ensembles and given music clinics across the country and has toured with groups as a trumpet player and conductor in the United States, Mexico, South and Central America, Europe, and Russia.