Jonathan Grantham, director of bands at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California, leads a band program of 350 students involved in five concert ensembles, three jazz bands, a competitive marching band, various chamber ensembles, two winter percussion units, and two winter guards.
In his 19 years at Amador Valley the band program has grown to triple in size and the ensembles have earned consistent superior ratings and high honors. Under Mr. Grantham’s guidance, Amador Valley’s top wind ensemble has performed at the CBDA state conference three times and twice at The Midwest Clinic.
Jonathan received his bachelor’s degree in music education/trombone performance from Central Michigan University, graduating magna cum laude, and earned his master’s degree in conducting at the American Band College of Sam Houston State University, graduating magna cum laude.
Mr. Grantham is active as a clinician, guest conductor and conference presenter. Honors include twice earning the Excellence in Education Award from Pleasanton Unified School District and being chosen as Pleasanton Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year in 2013. Mr. Grantham was honored by the CMEA State Association with the Don Schmeer/Byron Hoyt Band Educator Award. In 2018 Jonathan was inducted into the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Bandworld Legion of Honor. He resides in Martinez, California with his partner Ryan.
“Music, and the community it provides, offers each student a view of themselves and a world they might not have otherwise imagined possible. Creating an environment where students are seen and their voices heard gives them the keys to opportunity, expression and freedom. SEL in the music classroom is the door they walk through with these keys in hand.”