Mark L. McGuire, Director of Bands

Mark L. McGuire, Director of Bands

After graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Mr. McGuire began his teaching career at Escondido High School in 1980.  From there, he went on to become the Director of Instrumental Music at Thousand Oaks High School from 1981-88. He moved to North High School in Bakersfield where he took over the director position for the 1988-90 school years, and then became the Band and Orchestra Director for Bakersfield High School from 1990-2005. From 2005-2008, he was the Director of Bands at Bakersfield College and founded the Bakersfield College Indoor Percussion Ensemble. Mr. McGuire is coming back to North High School having been the Director of Bands at Liberty High School in Bakersfield from 2005-2016.

Having studied conducting under the batons of Frederick Fennell, Bob Halseth and John Whitwell, Mr. McGuire served Kern County as the founder and conductor of the Bakersfield Adult Community Band, was the Pit Orchestra Conductor for many BHS theatrical productions as well as the “Bakersfield Musical Theater,” and was a charter member and conductor for the Bakersfield Winds, a semi-professional Wind Symphony in the Central Valley.

Mr. McGuire has been a Parade, Field and Concert Band adjudicator for the SCSBOA, WSJA, the Norris and Actis Music Festivals, as well as a Concert Band and Solo/Ensemble adjudicator for the CMEA. He has had the pleasure of being a CBDA, Ventura County and Kern County Honor Band/Orchestra Manager on many occasions and was the CBDA State Convention Host in 1992 and 1997.  In 2004, he was the CMEA, Kern County Junior High Honor Band Conductor.  In 1998 he was awarded the KCMEA “Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year” and in 2008 the KCMEA “Music Educator of the Year” Award.  Since 1978, Mr. McGuire has been a member of the SCSBOA, NAfME, CBDA, CMEA; he has been a member of the KCMEA since 1988.

Mark and Margaret McGuire have been married for 40 years.  The McGuire family includes daughter Karlee (CSU Bakersfield) and daughter Katie (Portland State University) with husband Christopher Short (CSU Bakersfield) and their daughters Emmrie Jane and Hazel Grace.

Michell Gearhart Simental- Color Guard Director - information coming soon

Victoria Estes - Color Guard Instructor - information coming soon

Janelle Estalio- Color Guard Instructor - information coming soon

Jesse Apperson - Color Guard Instructor - information coming soon

Raeleen Eatherly - Color Guard Tech

Christian Ciruso - Color Guard Tech

Jay Harris - Percussion Director - information coming soon

Marisa Ramos - Percussion Instructor - information coming soon

Vee Rogers- Front Ensemble Instructor - information coming soon

Nick Medina - Percussion Tech

Jared Seymour - Visual Director - information coming soon