Zebulon M. Bellon, M.M., DMA ABD
Director of Bands
Mr. Bellon comes to Christopher High School from Texas Tech University where he has been completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting and serving as a graduate research and teaching assistant with TTU Bands.
A native of Nevada, Mr. Bellon attended the University of Nevada. 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.
While completing his DMA coursework at Texas Tech, Mr. Bellon conducted research related to wind band, assisted undergraduate wind conducting courses, and assisted with all facets of the band program. 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. While at Tech, Mr. Bellon has participated in performances 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 as also recently 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 and accolades that include numerous sweepstakes awards, numerous students selected to allstate and all-northwest ensembles, the US Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award, FBS bowl game appearances, appearances at the Disney Magic Music Days Festival, USBands Grand Champion Awards, and placement at the Bands of America Western Regional Championship. As a high school director, Mr. Bellon 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 20thCentury, 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.
Adam J. Martinez, B.M.
Associate Director of Bands, Christopher High
Director of Bands, Brownell Middle & Ascencion Solarsano Middle School
Mr. Martinez is a native of Gilroy, CA and a graduate of Gilroy High School. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from San Jose State University and is in his second year with Gilroy Unified School District. In addition to his work with Christopher Bands, Mr. Martinez serves as the Director of Bands at both Ascension Solarsano and Brownell Middle Schools. Mr. Martinez is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the California Music Educators Association.
Trena R. Camp
Associate Director of Bands, Christopher High
Director of Bands, South Valley Middle School
Ms. Camp is a native of Louisiana and a graduate of Northwestern State University (B.M.). 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
2019-2020 Marching Band Staff
Zebulon M. Bellon - Christopher HS, DOB
Adam Martinez - BMS/ASMS, CHS ADOB
Trena Camp - SVMS, CHS ADOB
Marching Band Staff
Megan Adams - Guard
Daniel Algazy - Wind, Visual
Christopher Eaton - Percussion
Alberto Mercado - Guard Caption
Devina Miller - Wind, Percussion, Visual
Steven Potter - Percussion
Karlin Weisinger - Wind, Visual
Ahmad Yousefi - Percussion (consultant)
Design & Consultants
Steven Moss - Drill Design/Consultant
Dr. Lewis Norfleet - Composition
Diane Kulin - Graphic Design
Marching Band Leadership
Kiyomi Saylor - Drum Major
Shayla Joe - Leadership, Field
Sloane Campbell - Flute
Juliana Garber - Clarinet
John Buclatin - Saxophone
McKenzie Colbert - High Brass, Assistant DM
Jordan O'Keefe - Low Brass
Kendall Eves - Percussion
Paloma Castaneda - Percussion
Cecilia Aguilar - Guard
2019-2020 Applied Instructors
Flute: Dr. Kris Palmer, DMA
Double Reeds: Zeb Bellon, M.M., DMA ABD
Clarinet: Katherine Benson, M.M.
Saxophone: Creighton Yip, M.M.
Trumpet: Tom Brozene, B.M., Trena Camp, B.M.
French Horn: Scott Hartman, M.M.
Trombone/Euph: Devina Miller, B.M.IP, Howard Miyata, M.M.
Tuba: Daniel Algazy, B.M.
Percussion: Steven Potter, B.M.IP, Chris Eaton, B.M.
Bass: Adam Martinez, B.M.