Cal High Instrumental Music

Instructional Staff

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Javier Cerna
Instrumental Music Director

Mr. Cerna directs the concert, jazz, and orchestral ensembles as well as the marching band and winter pageantry programs at California High School. He is an active brass performer, clinician, and arranger. He received his B.A. in Music and B.M in Music Education from Chapman University and has affiliations with several state and national professional music education organizations. His performance experience includes playing with various professional ensembles in Southern California, film studio work in LA, and performing with the Santa Clara Vanguard and Vanguard Cadets drum and bugle corps. His teaching experience includes 8 years as a full time classroom teacher and instructing various classical and pageantry youth arts organizations. He has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels in public, private and charter school settings, and his past instrumental programs have achieved consistent superior markings in competition and festivals. He is currently studying digital music production and loves experimenting with electronic music. Mr. Cerna looks forward to helping grow and strengthen the Cal High Instrumental Music programs while building a positive and inclusive culture for all.

Laura Garcia
Color Guard Caption Head

Laura has been a color guard instructor at California High School since 2017. Her pageantry background includes performing with the Blue Devils ‘C’ Corps from 2006-2009, the Blue Devils ‘B’ Corps in 2010-2011, and with the Blue Devils ‘A’ Corps from 2012-2015. She has held multiple leadership positions and received multiple award recognitions within the Blue Devils organization, and she is most notably recognized as “Snow White” in the Blue Devils 2015 production “Ink”. Her most prized memory of marching drum corps was meeting her now husband, Nicholas Garcia. Laura is currently an elementary school teacher in the Dublin School District. Here at Cal High, she looks forward to facilitating an encouraging learning environment, where all performers are challenged to be the best version of themselves.
 

Fun Facts: A native of San Ramon, Laura attended Cal High, was a guard member for four years and played the trumpet in the band classes! She loves cheesy jokes and puns. Her mom, Mrs. Nichols, teaches at Cal High. Laura also teaches color guard at Fallon Middle School in Dublin, the same school where her husband teaches band.

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Kyle Boydstun
Percussion Caption Head

Kyle Boydstun is a professional percussionist and music producer in the East Bay. He has been performing and recording music for almost his entire life. His performance experience includes touring on brass and percussion with the BD Performing Arts organization, performing with Blue Devils Entertainment, and playing with the 49ers drumline “Niner Noise”. Kyle has extensive teaching experience, working as a percussion specialist in various high school music programs in the East Bay. Kyle also specializes in music production, composition, mixing and recording, and he teaches classes on Logic Pro, Mixing & Mastering, and Sound Design at the SF Garnish Music Production school.

Alex Murphey-Frank
Visual Caption Head

Alex is a California native with a passion for the marching arts. He has studied both music composition and world history, and is currently in the process of completing his teaching degree. He has extensive experience performing on low brass and flute. Alex has been involved in music for almost twenty years, performing and teaching at various music and pageantry programs. He has marched with both the Mandarins and the Santa Clara Vanguard, and is currently a brass technician with the Blue Devils “B” Drum and Bugle Corps.

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Madison Bohrer
Woodwinds and Jazz Instructor

 

​Madison Bohrer is an educator, audio producer and professional saxophonist, performing regularly throughout the Bay Area in wide variety of genres that include Jazz, Funk, Rock, Salsa, Brazilian music, Pop, Hip-Hop, and Reggae. He graduated with his Bachelor in Jazz Studies from California Jazz Conservatory and has taught at various music programs in the state. He most recently helped direct and develop the jazz program at Saint Francis High School in the South Bay. He also works as a producer and audio engineer, and is the founder of Maddog Sounds.

Bryan Williams
Brass and Visual Instructor
 

For almost 30 years Mr. Williams has taught music and marching throughout Northern and Central California as an instructor, clinician, and school music director. He received his BA in History from CSU Stanislaus and BA in Music Education from Fresno State. Mr. Williams has been a Music Teacher since 2005 and has taught music at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He was a marching member of the Santa Clara Vanguard and the Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. After "aging out” as a marching member He taught Visual for SCV and SCVC from 1997-2004 and was a member of the Brass Staff for SCVC from 2008-2017, where he help lead the hornline to multiple DCI Open Class High Brass awards. Mr. Williams lives in Sonoma County with his spouse, daughter, and three chickens.

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Marvin Reed
Leadership and Conducting Instructor

 

Marvin Reed resides in the Bay area, where he is as a Third Grade Teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School (Berkeley Unified School District). He holds a B.A. in Sociology, an M.A. in Higher Education and Leadership Policies, and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from California State University, Sacramento, where he was the Drum Major of the Hornet Marching Band and is currently working on his Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Marvin has judged and worked with many prestigious Marching Band programs around California (Granite Bay, Amador Valley, Foothill (Pleasanton), John F. Kennedy, Ayala, American Canyon, Elk Grove, Laguna Creek, California, and Ponderosa HS.) Marvin has been part of the Concord Blue Devils organization (Blue Devils 'B' and the Blue Devils “A” Corps) and is currently the assistant director at Blue Devils 'B'. Marvin has also been the Drum Major coordinator for Blue Devils 'B' and the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. He serves as a board member for Learning for Justice; a program affiliated with the Southern Poverty Law Center focusing on curriculum that supports students and teachers in social justice standards for 21st century learning.

Nicole Cavanagh
Color Guard Instructor

 

Nicole Cavanagh is a recent graduate of California High School where she performed with the Cal High Color Guard and Winter Guard, as well as various instrumental music ensembles. She has a passion for music and the pageantry arts and is excited to be joining our instructional team this Fall. She looks forward to sharing her love of the marching art form with our students and to promoting a positive and welcoming color guard culture.

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Briana Berastain
Music and Visual Instructor
 

Briana Berastain graduated from Cal High in 2019 and participated in the Cal High Marching Band for all four years. She participated in multiple class ensembles, including symphonic band, wind ensemble, and chamber orchestra where she performed on flute, piccolo, and oboe. She has a passion for teaching music and is currently a junior at the University of Redlands, studying Music Education and working towards her teaching credential. She is excited to be coming on board as an early season coach with the Cal High Marching Band!

Noe Gomez
Drill Writer and Design Consultant
 

Noe Gomez is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California and prolific educator and designer within the marching arts. He has over seven years of performance experience, including Impulse, Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, and half of a decade with the Santa Clara Vanguard, where he served as drum major from 2012 to 2015. He is a full time visual designer, judge, and clinician for both high school bands and independent programs. Noe serves on the visual and drum major education team of the Santa Clara Vanguard, as a visual technician at Ayala High, on the design team at Rowland High School (WBA 2019 medalist), and as a visual designer at POW percussion where he was part of their historic highest placing season. Noe also serves as an advisor to the Color Guard Alliance of the Philippines. He is passionate about cultivating a musical landscape that allows the performers to sound their best and integration that positively highlights all sections. Noe upholds professionalism and communication as core elements of his work with all programs.

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