Director of Bands, Christopher High school
-B.A. Instrumental Music Education/ Jazz Studies, Wayne State University
David Stankiewicz joined the GUSD Band Team in the summer of 2021 as Director of Bands at Christopher High School and Beginning Band Director at Ascension Solarsano Middle School.
Mr. Stankiewicz is a native son of California, but grew up in Southeast Michigan, just outside of Detroit. He is a graduate of Warren Mott High School of Warren, MI and Wayne State University of Detroit. After graduation Mr. Stankiewicz has taught in high schools and middle schools in Arkansas, Michigan, and California. As a performer he has performed with a variety of ensembles from the Stardust Big Band of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Arkansas Jazz Orchestra, Bakersfield Winds, Bakersfield Saxophone Quartet, and has also enjoyed playing in pit orchestras in the greater Detroit Area.
Mr. Stankiewicz holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, California Music Educators Association, and California Alliance for Jazz.
Mr. Stankiewicz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Instrumental Music Education with a minor in Jazz Studies from Wayne State 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.