Meet the Staff

Diane Wyant, Director of Bands

Diane Wyant grew up in the Santa Clara Valley of California and attended college at San Jose State University. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in oboe and English horn performance (1989) she went on to earn her California state teaching credential in music.

Since 1990, Ms. Wyant has held directorships at Valley Christian Middle School, Sierramont Middle School, Leigh High School, Cupertino High School, and is presently one of the directors of Music at Bellarmine College Preparatory and is the Director of Bands at Branham High School, both located in San Jose, CA.  In addition, she maintains the position of conductor of wind bands for the San Jose Youth Symphony.

Along with teaching in both public and private schools, Ms. Wyant is an active adjudicator for Drum Corps International (DCI), and various other state band associations. Over the past 21 years, Ms. Wyant  has been a member of the Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC), California Music Educator’s Association (CMEA), and the California Band Director’s Association (CBDA).

As a performer, Ms. Wyant holds the English horn position with Santa Cruz Symphony and has performed with the San Jose Symphony, Opera San Jose, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, Monterey Symphony, and Ensemble Monterey.

Mike McWilliams, Brass Instructor

Mike McWilliams began playing the trumpet at the age of 10. He joined the Santa Clara Vanguard B-Corps Drum and Bugle Corps later that year as a young third soprano bugle player back in 1974. He spent the next three years marching in parades and playing in concert band through grade school, and by 1976, was playing lead soprano bugle and first trumpet in both groups. He auditioned for the Vanguard A Corps in 1977, and made lead soprano at the age of 13.

From 1977 to 1983, Mike marched with the Vanguard and went on tour every summer. In 1982, he received a Music Scholarship to attend San Jose State University, and joined the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band. In 1984, he had an opportunity to march in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics All American Marching Band, so he auditioned and made first trumpet, and was a squad leader to assist in teaching the field show to others in his squad.

In 1985, he returned to march his last year with the Vanguard. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music in 1988 from San Jose State University. Currently he is a member of the San Jose Jazz Society Orchestra, plays in a 9 piece Club band called Pacific Standard Time, and teaches privately to beginning as well as high school level trumpet students.

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