After teaching 35 years in the Acalanes Unified School District (ten years at Acalanes and 25 years at Las Lomas,) Mr. Dea will be retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. In addition to his dedication to music within our school district, Mr. Dea has served as an adjudicator, clinician and honor band conductor for countless festivals around the country. Mr. Dea is past president of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) and past president of the California Band Directors Association (CBDA).
- The Stanley Jazz Crusaders
- The Stanley Jazz Messengers
- Campolindo Jazz Band
- Acalanes Jazz Ensemble
- And more!
Adults – $10Children 6 to 10 – $5Children under 6 – free
The Acalanes Jazz Ensemble will join bands from Stanley and Westlake Middle Schools, Bentley High School and the Big Band of Rossmoor in the annual Concert at the Res on May 12, 2018.
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Congratulations to the Acalanes High School Jazz Ensemble for their wonderful performance Nov. 17, 2017 at the College of San Mateo Jazz Festival. The college adjudicators scored them with a 97-91-91, for an average of 93, among the upper echelon at the festival. All three adjudicators commented on how wonderful the students performed and how impressed they were. In a message to the Ensemble Mr. Dea said: “I couldn’t be more proud of a group of students than I was today. You represented the Acalanes and Lafayette school community with honor and distinction.”
Congratulations to the following students for being singled out for outstanding performances by the adjudication panel:
- John Leamy (Senior) – Flugelhorn/Trumpet
- Kenny Workman (Senior) – Trumpet
- Maverick Fabela (Junior) – Piano
Bella Voce and Concert Choir received Unanimous Superior ratings at the Napa Valley Invitational Choir Festival at Napa High School. Their panel of judges were: Jo-Michael Scheibe from USC, Jing Ling Tam from University of Texas at Arlington, and Jerry Blackstone from U of Michigan. This is the first time that Concert Choir has attended this festival and both groups got, not only high marks, but a lot of affirmation of the work they’ve been doing and recognition of their level of artistry. Bravi Tutti!