Biography

Giovanni Santos serves as Assistant professor of Music and Director of Wind and Percussion Studies at La Sierra University, where he directs the University Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Big Band, and teaches courses in instrumental music education, popular music and conducting.

Prof. Santos has proudly implemented a yearly wind band conducting workshop at La Sierra University, and has worked alongside Prof. H. Robert Reynolds, Dr. Thomas Lee, and Prof. Allan McMurray, helping some of the brightest young music educators in the United States. A strong advocate for music education, Santos frequently presents at conferences, school in-service days, classrooms, and as clinician for young ensembles across the US. Most recently, Prof. Santos presented at the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC), for the California Music Educators Association’s ‘Casting a Wider in Net at Azusa Pacific University, for the North American Division National Teachers Convention, the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, CBDNA National Convention in Arizona, and for the 2019 SCSBOA Professional Development Conference.

As a composer, Prof. Santos has premiered his works across the United States and Europe, including a premiere with the United States Naval Academy Band Brass Ensemble at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. under his baton.

Santos is a graduate of La Sierra University (B. Mus) and earned his MM in Music Education from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he was also a scholarship trumpet student. He has been published by the International Trumpet Guild Journal on two occasions. In lessons, classes, and workshops, his conducting mentors have included Barbara Favorito, Donald Thurber, H. Robert Reynolds, Sharon Lavery, Mallory Thompson, Tim Robblee, Frank Battisti, Mark Davis Scatterday, Richard Clary and Brad Lubman. Santos had the privilege of studying trumpet with Richard Hofmann, Boyde Hood, and Donald Green.

Professor Santos is inspired by his family. His wife Tanya, is an elementary teacher in Perris, CA. Tanya and Giovanni are proud parents of Gianna and David.