Zebulon M. Bellon
Director of Bands, Christopher High School
- B.M. Music Education, University of Nevada
- M.M. Music Education & Wind Conducting, Northwestern State University
- D.M.A. Wind Conducting - A.B.D, Texas Tech University
Zebulon M. Bellon joined the faculty of Christopher High School as Director of Bands in fall of 2019. A native of Nevada and graduate of White Pine High School (Ely, NV), Mr. Bellon completed his undergraduate education at the University of Nevada, where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. During his time at Nevada, Mr. Bellon served as Drum Major for the Nevada Wolf Pack Marching Band and performed as an oboist in the Nevada Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Undergraduate Scholarship Wind Quintet, and various other ensembles.
Mr. Bellon began his graduate education at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where he also served as a graduate teaching and research assistant. As part of his duties he assisted in all facets of the university band program including the Northwestern Wind Symphony and the 300+ member "Spirit of Northwestern" Marching Band. He also assisted in teaching undergraduate coursework in wind literature, instrumental methods, music education, and conducting. At Northwestern, Mr. Bellon was part of performances at the Music for All Southern Regional Concert Festival, NCAA Tournament, and a performance with the internationally known Boston Brass.
Upon completion of his M.M., Mr. Bellon relocated to Lubbock, TX, to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Texas Tech University. While completing his DMA coursework at Tech, Mr. Bellon conducted research related to wind band, assisted undergraduate wind conducting courses, and assisted with all facets of the band program.Â Â This included the nationally-renown Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the 450+ member "Goin Band from Raiderland," the largest collegiate marching band in the United States. At Tech Mr. Bellon performed at the NCAA Tournament, the Big 12 Tournament, the College Band Directors National Association Western & Southwestern Division Conferences, and the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago Illinois. He also participated in the production of studio recordings of "Urban Requiem" by Michael Colgrass and Avner Dorman's "Ellef Symphony."
Bands under Mr. Bellon;s direction have received consistent superior ratings in both concert and marching, and accolades that include a multitude of sweepstakes awards, numerous students selected to all-state and all-northwest ensembles, the US Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award, FBS bowl game appearances, appearances at the Disney Magic Music Days Festival, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade, USBands Grand Champion Awards, and placement at the Bands of America Western Regional and California Championship, and Bands of America Finals Appearances. As a high school director, Mr. Bellon previously worked with Drum Corps International to revive and host DCI Drums Along the Rockies, in Boise.
Mr. Bellon frequently serves as a clinician, adjudicator, and consultant with band programs across the Western and Southern US, and holds membership in the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, California Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, and Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society. As an oboist, some of his experiences include performances with the Lake Tahoe Symphony Orchestra, Toccata Chamber Orchestra, the Ruby Mountain Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Wind Symphony, the Nevada Winds, and Concordia Santa Fe Wind Symphony. His research interests include French music of the Late Romantic and Early 20th Century, contemporary wind band music, the commissioning and performance of new works adding to the expansion of the wind band repertoire, the promotion and inclusion of minority composers, social justice in classical music, and cultural appropriation in wind band music. His primary teachers include Dr. Sarah McKoin, Dr. Jeffrey Mathews, Dr. A.G. McGrannahan III, Dr. Lauryn Salazar, R.Alan Sullivan, and Andrea Lenz.
Mr. Bellon holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada and a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting & Music Education from Northwestern State University. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Texas Tech University.
Director of Bands, Brownell Middle & Ascencion Solarsano Middle School
- B.M. Music Education, CinciNNATI College-Conservatory of Music
- B.M. Clarinet Performance, CINCINNATI COLLEGE-CONSERVATORY of MUSIC
- M.M. CLARINET PERFORMANCE, CINCINNATI COLLEGE-CONSERVATORY of MUSIC
Aaron Shemas joined the GUSD Band Team in fall of 2020 as Director of Bands at Brownell Middle School and Ascension Solarsano Middle School, as well as an Associate Director of Bands at Christopher High School.
Mr. Shemas is a native of Ohio and graduate of Dublin-Coffman High School in the Columbus Metro. Prior to coming to Gilroy, Mr. Shemas taught in both New Mexico and Texas, producing highly successful ensembles. Bands under Mr. Shemas’ direction have shown exponential growth and constantly earned superior ratings and "Sweepstakes" in the Texas UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, and NMMEA Music Performance Assessments.
An accomplished clarinetist, Mr. Shemas has also performed in orchestral, chamber, and wind ensembles, as well as a soloist, in various collegiate, community, and professional ensembles across the United States. His experiences include performances at the College Band Directors National Association Conferences, numerous music festivals, and the 2018 Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago as part of The Woodlands Concert Band.
Mr. Shemas holds membership in the California Music Educators Association, the New Mexico Music Educators Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. His primary teacher was Mr. Richie Hawley, Principal Clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Clarinet at the Rice University Shepard School of Music.
Mr. Shemas holds Bachelor of Music degrees in both Music Education and Clarinet Performance, as well as Master of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Trena R. CamP, B.M.
Director of Bands, South Valley Middle School
- B.M. Music business & Education, Northwestern State University.
Trena Camp joined the GUSD Band Team in the fall of 2019, as Director of Bands at South Valley Middle School and an Associate Director of Bands at Christopher High School.
Ms. Camp is a native of Louisiana and graduate of Bossier High School. As a trumpet player and bassist her performance expertise is broad, including extensive experience in both classical and jazz, as well as numerous other genres. Prior to working coming to GUSD, Ms. Camp help positions with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Band House, and worked with schools across Louisiana. In addition to her work with Christopher Bands, Ms. Camp serves as Director of Bands at South Valley Middle School. Ms. Camp holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, the California Music Educators Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, Sigma Alpha Iota Women's Music Fraternity.
Ms. Camp holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business from Northwestern State University.
Recommended Applied Instructors
Flute: Dr. Heidi Kay Begay, D.M.A (Texas Tech University)
Clarinet: Katherine Benson, M.M. (Portland State University)
Saxophone: Creighton Yip, M.M. (University of the Pacific)
Trumpet: Dr. Russell Zimmer, D.M.A (University of Nebraska)
French Horn: Scott Hartman, M.M.
Trombone/Euph: Devina Miller, B.M.IP (San Jose State University)
Tuba: Dr. Sean Kennedy, D.M.A. (Texas Tech University)
Percussion: Steven Potter, B.M.IP (San Diego State University),
Chris Eaton, B.M. (San Jose State University)