The North Star Alliance Instrumental Music program has a long tradition of excellence in musical performance in the Bakersfield area.

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Ernest Graf - 1953-1966 (Continued teaching English & Social Studies until 1971)
Richard Stafford - 1967-1970
Ron Hanst - 1970-1971 (Stafford out for surgery)
Richard Stafford - 1971-1972
Lester Thornton - 1973-1980 (Continued teaching English until 1982)
Richard Stafford - 1981-1982 (Continued teaching Science until 1991)
Bettye Aguilar - 1982-1988 
Mark McGuire - 1988-1990
Patricia Rainer - 1990-1991
Glenn Colangelo - 1991-1995
Guy Lake - 1995-1999
Eva Eslinger (Now Eva Hale)- 1999-2001
Jennifer Powers - 2001-2005
Ryan Dembosky - 2005-2013
Mike Wawrzynski - 2013-2016                                                                        Mark McGuire - 2016-present

Mr. Graf, the first NHS Band Director, with drum major Dick Setser and Bonnie Hart, the NHS accompanist before becoming the Choir Director at Highland High School.

Mr. Graf, the first NHS Band Director, with drum major Dick Setser and Bonnie Hart, the NHS accompanist before becoming the Choir Director at Highland High School.

Band Name History

1953-1963- Star Band
1963-1988 - Grenadier Band
1988-Present - The North Star Alliance