“Your Second Five Years of Teaching” with Jonathan Grantham


This week we brought on the director from Amador Valley High School, Jonathan Grantham to talk about the growth in his teaching from when he started at his school 14 years ago to bringing his band to the Midwest Clinic. This interview was done via Skype, and so had challenges with audio quality, but the quality of our guest should more than make up for it.

Mr. Grantham directs a band program of 300 students involved in five concert ensembles, two jazz bands, the marching band, chamber ensembles, winter percussion, and two winter guards.

In his fourteen years at Amador Valley the band program has grown to more than double in size and has earned consistent superior ratings and high honors at each event entered.  Amador’s top wind ensemble performed at the CBDA state conference in 2007 and 2010 and performed at the 67th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2013.

Mr. Grantham recently started writing a blog titled The Accidental Expert to catalog his experiences as a teacher.