GIOVANNI SANTOS is Director of Wind and Percussion Studies at La Sierra University, where he's an Assistant Professor of Music, and conducts the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble and Big Band.
As an educator and conductor, Mr. Santos travels across the United States yearly as a clinician for music festivals, adjudications, and featured performances. A proponent of new music for wind band, Mr. Santos has commissioned works by Tim Davies, Jay Kim, Karim Elmahmoudi, Greg Simon, Timothy Mahr, and Andrew Boysen, Jr. Santos was also recently awarded recognition for “excellence in music education” by the La Sierra University Music Department. Mr. Santos has led successful performance tours across the United States, Italy, and France, with special performances for Fete de la Musique (Paris), Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres, San Giovanni Valdarno Classical Music Festival (Italy), and most recently, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In classes, lessons, and workshops, his conducting mentors have included Dr. Barbara Favorito, Prof. H. Robert Reynolds, Dr. Mallory Thompson, Dr. Tim Robblee, Prof. Sharon Lavery, Dr. Mark Scatterday, Prof. Brad Lubman, and Prof. Frank Battisti.
Mr. Santos is a graduate of La Sierra University (B. Mus). He earned his MM in Music Education from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where he studied trumpet with Boyde Hood and Donald Green (formerly of the Los Angeles Philharmonic).
The LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE is a select group of young musicians united by their interest in music. It is devoted to the development of musicianship, artistic expression, and cultivating new audiences for this wonderful medium. Membership is by audition and includes undergraduate and graduate students who represent the varied majors and programs at La Sierra University, as well as staff and community members who find they cannot give up playing. Most of the student members of the ensemble receive scholarships for their participation.
The Wind Ensemble performs for church services, campus events, schools, and civic programs throughout the Inland Empire of Southern California. In 2004, the Wind Ensemble performed for the national conference of the Christian Instrumental Directors Association in Tennessee. They also participated in the CSU Fresno Collegiate Wind Festival. They were one of ten featured ensembles at the College Band Directors National Association West/Northwest Division Conference in Reno in 2010, and shared the gala evening concert with Cal State University Fresno at the 34th Annual Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland Wind Festival in March 2013.
The La Sierra University Wind Ensemble is honored to be chosen as a featured ensemble for both Festival Forfest Czech Republic in Kromeriz and MaskFest International New Music Festival in the Republic of San Marino.