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About Mr. Matsushino

Jim Matsushino was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, where he earned a degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona.  Upon graduation Mr. Matsushino moved to College Station, Texas, for his first five years of teaching.  It was during his time in Texas that he honed his craft as a music educator, especially at Madisonville Consolidated School District where he was the Head Junior High School Band Director as well as lead assistant at the high school.  Jim brought the middle school bands up in quality and size and was able to compete with and surpass the much larger College Station and Bryan, Texas, bands.

After his five years in Texas, Mr. Matsushino had an opportunity to move back home to Arizona and take over the Cienega High School band program in the Vail Unified School District.  He taught at Cienega for ten years, expanding the program with number of students involved and the quality of the ensembles.  During his time at Cienega he was able to start an orchestra program that completely took off and after four years split into two separate orchestras.

Jim Matsushino has been the Southeast Regional Governor, an Executive Board Member on the Arizona Music Educators Association Board of Directors, and the Fine Arts Department Head for Cienega High School.  He was a finalist for Circle K’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015 and has been nominated for the Ohio State Annual Scarlet & Gray Award for Excellence in Education.  On February 2nd 2018 Mr. Matsushino received the O.M. Hartsell “Excellence in Teaching Music Award” and was inducted into the AMEA Hall of Fame.  He continues to strive to improve his own teaching methods by accessing opportunities to work with other recognized professionals in music education and performance and looks forward to starting the band and orchestra program at Mica Mountain High School.

About the Director: About the Band

Hello! I am Andrea Villarreal, and I will be working as your Colorguard instructor. I performed with the Catalina Foothills Colorguard for 4 years, and I can spin flag, rifle, and saber. I have attended Colorguard and leadership camps throughout the years. I hope to help create a fun and productive environment for all members. Another goal is to help the program and its members grow through this experience. I am very excited to work with everyone!

About the Director: Welcome
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