About the Progam

Mission Statement

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein

The Ponderosa Band Program’s mission is to ensure that the skills necessary to become first-class musicians, performers, and leaders are being developed by providing high quality music instruction as part of a well-rounded education.

Core Values- MUSIC

Mastery Unity Success Integrity Commitment

About Us

The Ponderosa Band Program is home to award-winning groups and musicians and serves over 150 students. The band program consists of the marching band, winter guard, winter percussion, percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble, symphonic band and concert band. Our talented young students work extremely hard and spend hours in preparation for exciting performances both local and afar such as the Heritage-Worldstrides Music Festival and Northern California Band Association Competitions. The band program consistently brings home Superior ratings and high marks in all their performance endeavors.


The band is supported by the Ponderosa High School Band Booster Club, a 501c3 non-profit organization that aides in supporting the Ponderosa Bands and Color Guard. Please join the Boosters and help us provide the best band experience for our kids!

Meet our Staff!

Untitled designDirector of Bands- Santiago Sabado

Santiago Sabado is from Placerville, CA and a graduate of Ponderosa HS. He holds his Masters in Instrumental Wind Conducting, Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Sacramento State University as well as his Teaching Credential in Music. He performed with the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps from 2006-2009 and went on instruct the corps from 2010-2015. He serves as a judge for the Northern California Band Association as well as the President for the California Music Educators Association- Capitol Section. Santiago also enjoys teaching music at the Sugarloaf Fine Arts camp during the summers.

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Kevin Bowlson is a percussion instructor from Sacramento, California who began his teaching career in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Music from Sacramento State University, where he participated as a member of the marching band’s battery and front ensemble. He is currently on staff with the Sacramento State Marching Band and Sac State Indoor Percussion. As a performer, Kevin was a member of the Sacramento Mandarins Front Ensemble from 2008 until aging out in 2013. In addition, he marched two seasons of WGI, one with eNVision Performing Arts and the other with Valley Independent Percussion. While at VIP, the group placed third in their class at WGI Finals. When Kevin isn’t playing or teaching percussion, he is usually playing the clarinet. He has played in many of Sac State’s ensembles, as well as many others in the Sacramento area. Kevin is very excited to be working with the Ponderosa Bruin Band Program!

988265_10152995012315389_245051869_n (1)Color Guard Caption Head- Angela Chin

Angela has been performing in color guard since high school and was a member of the award winning McClatchy HS color guard. She was also a guard captain for the World Class DCI Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps where she aged out in 2012 after 5 seasons with the corps. She also was a member of the Sacramento State University drumline and went on to instruct for the group as well. She holds her Bachelors Degree in Business from Sacramento State University.

fullsizeoutput_5b0Battery Instructor- Anthony Derris

Anthony is a drummer and percussionist originally from San Diego but has moved to Sacramento pursuing his degree in Child Development from Sacramento State University. Anthony has performed with Envision, a WGI group based out of Reno for the 2015 season where he played snare, he has also performed with UCSD symphony with his percussion teacher and mentor Daniel Pate. He has worked with Various High school within the Spring Valley and San Diego area but, most recently has decide to start working with High schools in the Sacramento Area. He is a member of the Sac State Drumline and has been for the past 3 years where he plays snare.

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Marvin Reed resides in the Sacramento area. He holds a B.A. in
Sociology and M.A. in Higher Education and Leadership Policies from
California State University, Sacramento, where he was the Drum Major of the Hornet Marching Band. Marvin has worked with many prestigious Marching Band programs in the area (Granite Bay, Fairfield, John F.
Kennedy, American Canyon, Elk Grove, Laguna Creek, California and Ponderosa HS.) He is also the Director and Head Judge of Drum Major activities for the Northern California Band Association. Marvin has been part of the Concord Blue Devils organization (Blue Devils and the Blue Devils “A” Corps). Marvin has also been the Drum Major coordinator for Blue Devils and the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently the assistant director and Drum Major Caption Head of the Sacramento Mandarins Academy.

Color Guard Instructor/ Co-katie professionalordinator- Katie Cox

Katie Cox brings a wide and varied background in the fine arts to the Ponderosa Colorguard.  A lifelong dancer, she danced at The University of Texas at Austin, performed in several full length ballet productions with Ballet Midland: The Nutcracker, Spring Gala, and Stars and Stripes, and toured internationally with The Robert E. Lee High School Dixie Doll Marching Band and Drill Team.  Other fine arts experience includes a two year tour with a Texas theater repertoire company, The Esteem Machine, and teaching children’s art classes at The MADhouse in Phoenix, Arizona.  A professional educator since 1996, Katie is an elementary school teacher currently teaching at California Montessori Project in Shingle Springs.  She earned a B.S. in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and then earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, adding the Montessori credential in 2015.

10551045_10152683130037238_1379229659605051626_nDrill Designer- Justin Mons

Justin Mons is an Arizona native currently attending Arizona State University for Jazz performance and Music Education. His marching experience Includes 7 years with the Arizona Academy (2006-2012) and in 2011 and 2012 he was awarded member of the year. Since starting his Drum Corps career, Justin has taught many groups in Arizona including Basha, Millennium, Vista Grande, and Corona Del Sol designing and writing drill for schools all over the country, including programs in Arizona, Ohio, New Mexico, and California. Most recently, Justin was named Visual caption head and designer for Vision Independent A indoor drum line. Justin has also been instructing with the Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps since 2013. The Fall 2017 season will be the second year of Justin writing for the Ponderosa Marching Band.

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12572955_10207286432353400_2903162351003184921_nFront Ensemble Arranger- Wade Quinn

197264_1024381984903_427759_nBattery Arranger-  Josh Luedtke