Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach, CA
Joel Carlson is now in his tenth year as the director of bands at Mira Costa High School, a 2014 Grammy Signature Schools Gold Award winning school and one of three awardees to be recognized by the Grammy Foundation that year as having one of the best comprehensive music programs in the nation. Under his directions, the bands have been consistently rated at the highest levels of musicality for their outstanding performances at regional, state and national levels. A native Californian, Mr. Carlson is a proud graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, having earned a B.A. in music education and oboe performance, as well as an M.A. in conducting and oboe performance. His is also a proud alumni of the World Class Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps where he is honored to have been named Brass Player of the Year in 2002. Mr. Carlson enjoys the daily pursuit of helping each student to realize the fullest cognitive, collaborative and creative benefits that music education has to offer.