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. For seven years, Professor Santos had the privilege of leading the band department at Loma Linda Academy, where he led their Wind Symphony in performances across the United States and Europe.

Professor Santos has conducted successful performances across the United States and Europe. Mostly recently, Santos led successful performances at Carnegie Hall, the Disney Concert Hall, and the Kennedy Center of the Arts (with the US Naval Academy Band Brass Ensemble).

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, Dr. Travis J. Cross, 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, the North American Division National Teachers Convention, the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, and for the 2019 SCSBOA Professional Development Conference, and for the College Band Directors National Association National Conference at Arizona State University. 

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. Santos had the privilege of studying trumpet with Richard Hofmann, Boyde Hood, and Donald Green. Santos also enjoys composing chamber music and wind band works and has been commissioned by high schools, community bands, and universities across the United States. 

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.