Mr. Patrick Harris
Music Director-SBSO Youth Wind Ensemble
MUSIC DIRECTOR-SBSO YOUTH WING ENSEMBLE SINCE 2023
Mr. Patrick J. Harris is an “East Coast” native from Newport News, VA, a 6-year United States Air Force Veteran, and an equity and social justice advocate for music education in Title I schools. He is currently the Director of Bands and Orchestra at San Jacinto High School in San Jacinto, CA. He has been a high school director in Arizona and California for the past 9 years with a well-rounded background teaching concert ensembles, marching band, choir, orchestra, guitar, and music technology. He is an active musician, playing trumpet, French horn, and euphonium. He has had the honor of conducting the SSFUSD Middle School Honor Band in California in 2020, the North Texas Wind Symphony Collegium in the Summer of 2021. He will have the honor and the privilege to conduct the North Texas Wind Symphony again in June 2023. He also has served as a concert adjudicator and clinician for the 2023 Golden Valley Concert Band and Orchestra Festival.
His teaching certifications and endorsements include Standard Arizona Professional Secondary Education: 6-12 Music, Music: PreK-12, and Structured English Immersion: PreK-12, a California Single Subject Music and Cross Language and Development Teaching Credential and a Texas Educator Music Certificate for grades EC- 12. He is completing a Masters of Arts in Education in Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State University. Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and K-12 Music from Ottawa University, and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida.
He hopes to bring his experience as a high school director to continue building the already robust, high, and attainable music standards with the San Bernardino Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble! When he is not teaching, conducting, or playing music, he is “a runner, and a track star,” having run in the 2019 Berkeley Half Marathon and the 2020 Great Aloha Run in Honolulu, Hi. He enjoys eating good food, napping, when the opportunity arises, reading, collecting memes, and spending time with his twin sister and niece, and nephew. His teaching philosophy is to teach you more than music but life skills you can apply to your life.