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Our Directors

John Hannan, in his 27th year as Director at MVHS, is a professional musician in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. In addition to his duties at the school, he has directed the Americus Brass Band and worked as a historical music consultant on film productions including "North & South Parts I and II,"The Alamo," "Once Upon a Texas Train," and "Glory." He received his B.M./M.A. degrees from California State University, Long Beach. He has brought MVHS instrumental students honors thorughout California, the United States and internationally. John is a founding member of the Western Band Association and volunteers his time and talents as its treasurer.


Douglas Meeuwsen has a B.A. in Music Education and Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University. He has completed graduate work at North Texas State and San Diego State Universities. He has extensive experience as a trumpet artist in all genres, including symphony, Latin, jazz, brass quintet, solo and as a studio musician. He previously taught at Vista and Poway High Schools and has been a clinician and judge in California for the last 20 years.



Jim Wunderlich, Marching Program Coordinator and Music Arrangement. Jim has been the Front Ensemble Caption Head and Arranger for the multi-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils. The Blue Devils percussion section received the 2007 and 2009 Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance. Jim visits Japan several times a year, where he is the Front Ensemble Arranger and Caption Head for Tokyo's Soka Renaissance Vanguard. Other past drum corps credits include work with the Seattle Cascades, the Velvet Knights and Esperanza, Jim has been the Front Ensemble Arranger and Caption Head for several successful ensembles that compete in the Indoor Percussion Activity, including eight-time Winter Guard International Scholastic World Medalist Mission Viejo High School, two-time Independent Gold Medalist Riverside Community College and five-time Scholastic A Medalist Loara High School. Mission Viejo holds the longest consecutive WGI Scholastic World Finals streak of 15 years. 

Jay Murphy, Visual Design. WGI/DCI designer Jay Murphy is well-known for bring gold to numerous teams, including the multi-decorated DCI Champion Blue Devils. Jay is a graduate of Marquette University and the University of Massachusetts, and has been an instructor with the Blue Devils "A" Corps since 1981. Through his work with the San Jose Raiders and the Blue Devils Winter Guards, Jay instructed the Winter Guard International World Class Champions every year from 1990 through 1998. 2003 marked another WGI championship year for Jay with the San Jose Raiders. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the winter guard activity, Jay was awarded Winter Guard International's prestigious Laurel Award in 1995. Jay's additional visual design credits include: St. Joseph's Winter Guard of Medford, MA; St. Anthony's Imperials Winter Guard of Everett, MA; St. Johns of Beverly, MA; Fairfield High School of Fairfield, CA; and Clovis West High School of Fresno, CA.

Jon Goldman, Brass Captain Head. John, known as "Pops" to the kids, is a graduate of Valencia High School in Placentia, CA, and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He holds degrees in Music Production & Engineering and Music Business. Along with performing experience with the DCI World Champion Blue Devils and the Tony Award-winning Broadway show "Blast!" Jon has also performed as a trombonist with notable musicians such as Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Bob McChesney, Carl Saunders, Joey Sellers, Eric Marienthal, Sean Billings, Travis Gould, Phil Wilson and Bruce Babad. Currently, Jon is a Product Marketing Specialist for Yamaha Wind Instruments and spends his days working with both World and Open Class Drum Corps as well as writing for the Yamaha website, producing media for Yamaha Hub, attending trade and product specialty shows and planning his next vacation.

Robby Jacobson, Color Guard Captain Head. Robby and his staff brought our Scholastic Open Winter Guard Gold in WGASC Championships and Bronze at WGI Championships, moving MVHS Winter Guard into Scholastic World competition beginning in 2010. Robby marched with the Riverside City College Marching Auxiliary and was a member of the multi-award winning Fantasia Winter Guard. He is a current member of the WGASC Advisory Committee. Robby also provides guard instruction to the Blue Devils, Mystikal Drum & Bugle Corps, Rancho Bernardo High School Color Guard and Winter Guard and the WGI Independent World Champion Fantasia Winter Guard.

Tim Mikan, Color Guard Instructor. Tim has proven himself to be a veritable force in visual design and instruction. He actively engaged in the arts and serves as an educator and clinician in numerous formats throughout the United States. The founder of In-Step Design, he has been a consultant or clinician for more than 30 organizations that include professional ensembles, both middle and high school and colleges. Tim's musical endeavors include numerous courses in music and jazz studies as well as invitation to perform at the 1998 International Association of Jazz Educators annual Convention in New York. in addition to working with MVHS, Tim currently works with Los Alamitos High School and Fantasia Winter Guard.

Jacob Lapre, Woodwind Coach. Jacob graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School and attended Cal State Fullerton. Jacob has taught many Southern California high schools such as Diamond Bar, Poway, Westview, Vista, Nogales, and Murrieta Valley. He also taught at South Pointe Middle School and Mesa Verde Middle School He currently is the Assistant Director of Music at Black Mountain Middle School and is the director of the jazz program at Mt. Carmel High School.

Mike Jackson, Percussion Captain Head. For more than two decades, Mike has been writing, teaching and designing shows for some fo the most nationally recognized percussion programs in California. These include the two-time WGI World Champions Mission Viejo High School, Riverside Community College, as well as the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. Currently, Mike is the percussion captain head at the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. Mike started his drum corps career with the Velvet Knights. He then moved on to march Suncoast Sound and eventually aged out with the Blue Knights under Ralph Hardimon. Mike is a co-founder and current board member for the Southern California Percussion Alliance. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Winter Guard International was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame. Mike Jackson is a Yamaha performing artist, and proudly uses Evans Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks/Mallets. 

Fernando Miller, Battery Coach. Fernando has been active in the music scene since he was 12, when he started taking percussion lessons and joined the junior high school band in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Upland High School in 2001, where he marched and participated in winter percussion all four years. He played snare with Pacific Crest ('01) and percussion with the Blue Devils (2002-2004 as section leader). He also began teaching and joined the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers and performed with the indoor RCC Percussion Ensemble. He continues to arrange and teach music for numerous high schools in the Southern California area, including Upland High School, Ramona High School, John W. North High School and RCC. Fernando Miller proudly uses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.

2012-2013 Instructional Staff


Marching: John Cross, James Dinwiddie, Evan Bacon, James Dow, Jesse Minor

Program Coordination & Music Arrangement: Jim Wunderlich

Color Guard Captain Head: Robby Jacobson

Color Guard Instruction: Robby Jacobson, Tim Mikan, Ashley Llamas

Percussion Heads: Mike Jackson, Jim Wunderlich

Percussion Instructors: Jenny Jackson, Eileen Wunderlich, Fernando Miller, Jeremy Somers

Brass Captain Head: John Goldman

Brass Instructors: John Goldman, Ruben Puebla

Bass Coach, Chris Allen

Viola Coach: Christy Alesi

Violin Coaches: Kathy Alonzo, Daniel Blank

Woodwind Coaches: Jacob Lupre

Drill Design: Jay Murphy



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