Meet the Board of Directors & Staff
Dr. Carl SchaferBoard President
Dr. Carl Schafer recently retired as Visiting Professor and Coordinator of Music Education in the School of Music at California Baptist University. He is currently a Visual and Performing Arts Consultant to the Superintendent of Schools, San Bernardino County and a member of the Policy Council of the California Alliance for Arts Education. He is also a student teacher supervisor for the California State University, Fullerton Music Department and a jazz musician, leader of the Carl Schafer Quartet.
William J. HuffBoard Treasurer
Huff Properties
Bill Huff is president of Huff Properties, a family-owned real investment company, and has been on the CCSM Board of Directors since 2005.  Bill also performs management consulting work, is part owner of James & James Sound Recorders in Upland, and plays jazz saxophone with the group Polyhedra.
Michael ValentineBoard Secretary

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.

Veronica FinnBoard Member
Veronica Finn, M.A. International Studies, Politics and Policy, Claremont Graduate University, 2002. Independent Risk Analyst, member of the board of the Claremont Community School of Music, member of the Claremont Chorale, International Place of the Claremont Colleges, member of American Political Science Association, and  El Roble Parent Teachers association.  Interests are music, cross-cultural relationships, international affairs and business, reading, writing, gardening and baking.
Stuart DavisBoard Member
Stuart M. Davis is a husband and the father of four children living in Claremont, CA.  Stuart and his wife Robin teach Christian values and the Bible to 3-6th graders at Calvary Chapel Chino Valley (  Stuart is the Angel Flight West ( area leader for San Bernardino and Riverside counties, flying those in need to where they need to go, at no cost to them.  27 years in the industrial hydraulic business, Stuart and Robin have owned their own company for almost ten (10) years, specializing in upgrading industrial machines (, and has recently become President of Walco Machines Company (, builders of robust laminating, coating and application systems.  Stuart has a B.A. in technical theater from Cal-Poly Pomona, 1980 and continues to work with various non-profit theater organizations.  Stuart and Robin thoroughly enjoy music and the ability it has to touch people's hearts. 
Ralph ComitoBoard Member

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 AldrichBoard Member

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 WaggenerBoard Member

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.

Gabe PetrocelliBoard Member

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 ( 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

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.

Matthew KeatingExecutive Director

Matthew Keating is a cellist and conductor recently returning to Southern California from Honolulu, Hawaii.


Matthew has performed with the American Youth Symphony under the direction of Alexander Treger and the Debut Orchestra with Joann Carniero.  Concerts include performances at the Walt Disney concert hall, Royce Hall, as well as recording sessions at Capitol Records collaborating with CBS studios, Burt Bacharach, Jeff Goldblum, and other artists.


He has played with the Honolulu Symphony under the direction of Andreas Delfs. During his time with the symphony, he performed at Honolulu’s premier performing arts theater and concert hall the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.  Concerts also included touring to Hawaii’s Big Island to promote the importance of music education as well as playing concerts for local schools.

Matthew was also the Director of Orchestras for the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii from 2008-2011.  Working with over 500 students in 8 string orchestras, Matthew helped the orchestras through achievements such as the national ASTA Competition and performances at the Kennedy Center.  Matthew also continues to teach as an adjunct professor at Hawaii Pacific University.

Randy Del RioBusiness Manager

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.

 Randy and her husband, Tony, have lived in Upland for the last thirty eight years, where they raised their two children.  The children have long since grown and left home, but Randy and Tony enjoyed the many years when their offspring, students of Upland High School, were active in the music programs there, one in vocal and the other instrumental.  Randy and her husband both enjoyed actively participating in the music programs as volunteers.  They fully appreciate all that the children garnered from the experiences and the positive effects the music program had on their lives. 



Terri BaumbachReceptionist

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.




Liza LoopRegistrar