Paul Herrera earned his B.A. in Music Education at Fresno State. During his time in Fresno, he sought many opportunities to educate students of all levels and backgrounds. He began as a brass instructor at Patrick’s Music in Fresno: helping many students enjoy music through preparation for auditions to enter the Youth Orchestras of Fresno, the Fresno/Madera County Music Educators Association Honor Bands, and California Band Directors Association All-State Band. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Herrera auditioned and won the opportunity to work with the Clovis West High School Jazz Band II program. He was asked the following year to be on staff as a brass instructor and later an associate director at Washington Union High School.
After completing his degree, he was named the Music Director at American Union Elementary School in Fresno. While he was there, he added a preschool-6th grade classroom music curriculum, choral music program, and string orchestra from scratch while nearly tripling enrollment in the existing band program over four years. Throughout his tenure, he solicited over $10,000 in donations for new instruments, equipment, supplies, and music. Mr. Herrera was selected as American Union Elementary School’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2013. Paul is currently a licensed Music Together teacher in the San Jose area.
As a musician, Mr. Herrera has performed around the world with various ensembles for various dignitaries. Some notable locations have been the Beijing 2008 Olympic Village, Walt Disney Concert Hall; Carnegie Hall; York Minster, UK; and will perform at the Sydney Opera House, AU, in 2015.
Paul is currently a graduate assistant at San Jose State University. His current duties will be to serve as Director of the San Jose State Symphonic Band and assist with basic conducting courses. He has studied conducting with Mr. David Hensley, Mr. Gary Hill, Mr. John Carnahan, Dr. Rodney Eichenberger, Dr. Andy Collinsworth, Dr. Gary P. Gilroy, Dr. Edward Harris, Dr. Robert Halseth, and Dr. Craig Kirchoff.