Michael Valentine currently teaches Independent Study in the Glendora Unified School District. As a freelance writer, his articles have appeared in a number of national publications including TEACHING TODAY and CAT FANCY magazine. In recent years his writing has also appeared in the Claremont COURIER. As part of his musical experience, Mr. Valentine served as first trombonist in the United States Army's 84th Division Band headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ralph Comito began his music career in Miami Florida . He attended the University of Miami on a music scholarship graduating in 1962 with a Bachelors Degree in Music. Following six years service in the US Army he moved with his family to Upland, California and began his career as a music educator and coordinator of music in the Upland Unified School District. He earned a MA in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 1976 and an administrative credential in 1976. During his 33 years in music education Mr. Comito has taught music from kindergarten through the college level and adult education. He is also a retired army reserve bandmaster, composer and arranger and performs professionally with a number of jazz groups.
J. Winthrop Aldrich, PhD recently retired from teaching engineering at Cal Poly Pomona following many years in industrial research and development at Polaroid Corp. and American Optical in Massachusetts. He is currently on the Board of The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Volunteer Group, Orange County Recorder Society and The Southern California Recorder Society and plays in the CCSM Village Pipers recorder ensemble.
Lee Waggener was Claremont Community School of Music’s Board President from 1979 to 1984 and returned to the music school in 2011. Lee is currently the director of Children’s Music and Hand Bell Choir at Claremont United Church of Christ. She retired in 2002 from the Ontario-Montclair school district after 38 years of teaching.
I received a Bachelor’s Degree in music in 1968 from the Hartt Music Conservatory at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. After teaching music for one year in the Manchester School District, I moved to California in 1969 and got a job as a band and orchestra director in the Pomona Unified School District.
I earned a Masters in Music Composition and Conducting in 1974 from California State University, Los Angeles. In 1981, I was accepted for a teaching position the Chaffey High School District and became the band director at Alta Loma High School. Five years later, I enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of La Verne and earned my degree in Educational Management. I spent the last twenty years of my career in school administration, eventually becoming the principal at the Chaffey Adult School and Ontario High School. I worked also as an adjunct professor at Chaffey College, California State University, San Bernardino, Chapman University, and the University of La Verne.
Currently, I direct the Ontario Community Show Band (www.showband.net) and produce ten concerts annually. I’ve written hundreds of band arrangements for bands, orchestras, singers, and other soloists, most notably Ron Ellington Shy who is in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame; a number of piano works including a piano concerto for concert pianist Maria Perez-Goodman. My “Saint Mark’s Passion” was performed in Assisi, Italy. Also, several years ago, scored a documentary movie entitled “Mayberry Days.” See my website www.gabepetrocelli.com.
With respect to community service, I am a former member and president of the Ontario Rotary Club, was chairman of the 100-Year Anniversary of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District; and chairman for Measure P, a recent bond measure that addresses facilities maintenance, new construction, and technology in our local high schools.
Today I live in Alta Loma, California with my wife Susan who is the principal of Los Osos High School. I have three adult children, David, Lara, and Sonny, and two adult step-children Brandon and Bess.
Randy Del Rio is a retired CPA who isn’t really ready to retire. She works part time for the University of La Verne. She has joined Claremont Community School of Music as the Business Manager. Randy has forty plus years of experience in finance and accounting and happily brings her talents to CCSM. For many years, Randy had her own business that served a varied clientele. She offered them a broad range of financial and accounting services.
Terri Baumbach grew up in Claremont and enjoyed riding horses with her neighborhood friends in the lemon groves and canyons north of Baseline. Besides her love of horses was her love of music. Under the tutelage of Shirley Robbins, she learned recorder and played with her group at renaissance fairs and different venues in the colleges. Currently she is slowly renovating her family homestead which she shares with her two standard poodles Charlie and Chance.