The band program at Oaks Christian offers something for everyone. Students learn the skills needed to play a wide variety of music at every level of the program. Our High School Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band and Drum Line perform at the school, festivals, and athletic events as well as in the community. For many of our band students it all begins in middle school. Our Middle School Beginning Band, Advanced Band and Jazz Lab groups also concertize and attend festivals as well as perform throughout the area.
While all band students are encouraged to participate in ensembles, they are also challenged to develop their individual skills at a very high level by playing in small groups. Several of our recent graduates have participated in university band programs at USC, University of Notre Dame, California Baptist University, Carnegie Mellon, Belmont University, and University of North Texas.
Mr. Kelly has been teaching since 1991, and has been Director of Bands at Oaks Christian School since 2005. Prior to joining the Oaks Christian faculty, he taught at Viewpoint School in Calabasas for nine years where he taught vocal and instrumental music and was the music director for two musicals each year. He also taught band at Castle Park High School and Castle Park Middle School in Chula Vista and at Los Alamitos High School in Orange County.
After completing his Bachelors of Music Education and Teaching Credential at California State University Long Beach, he spent the remainder of the 1980's as a tour director for the Continental Orchestra and Singers. He spent seven summers traveling coast-to-coast from Los Angeles to New York by bus, then overseas for 2-3 weeks in music ministry and discipleship with high school and college age young people, serving as music director, counselor, youth pastor and travel guide.
Professionally, he has had the opportunity to work with Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters for A Tribute to Karen Carpenter. More recently, he conducted several songs on Chicago XXV later released as What's it Gonna Be Santa? Currently, he conducts, run clinics and plays trumpet throughout the Los Angeles area. Mr. Kelly is a member in good standing of both Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional music fraternity, and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra (SCSBOA).
Music is his passion and he loves to inspire students to learn the craft and the art of making music. As he helps students develop the skills to play their instrument he instills in them the beauty of the art form and how God created it for our enjoyment and His pleasure. He looks forward to a wonderful year making music with your child.Mr. Kelly lives in Newbury Park with his wife Tricia and their six children. He enjoys spending time with his family, biking, swimming, walking, listening to music, doing home improvement projects, and watching movies.