Veronica Tonus is a seventh year teacher in her fourth year with the Davis Joint Unified School District. She is currently teaching 5th and 6th grade band at Pioneer, Patwin, M. Montgomery, and Cesar Chavez Elementary Schools, as well as the 7th grade Concert Band (and Choir!) at Emerson/Da Vinci Junior High School. She graduated in 2010 from the University of the Pacific in Stockton with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Originally from Salinas, her main instrument is the flute, but she can play you a good “Hot Cross Buns” on anything else you hand her. She regularly plays with the Yolo Community Band, and is a member of Vox Musica, a women’s vocal ensemble.
Olin Hannum is the Director of Athletic Bands at Oregon State University, where he leads the OSU Marching Band and oversees all band activities associated with athletic events. Olin was previously the Director of the California Aggie Marching Band at the University of California, Davis. During his five years at UC Davis, he increased the membership of the marching band to a record 322 participants. The ensemble was featured at its first National Football League game and developed a state-wide performance presence. In addition to leading the marching band, he directed the UC Davis University Campus Band, a concert ensemble. Olin holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Oregon State University and worked as a graduate assistant with the athletic and symphonic band programs during his previous time at OSU. In addition to his teaching degree, he holds a bachelor’s degree in horn performance from UC Davis. He has performed with the Golden State Wind Ensemble, San Francisco Wind Ensemble, and the Berkeley Symphony.
Susanna Peeples has been a musician since birth, hailing from a family of musicians in the Bay Area. After playing the trumpet and French horn throughout her schooling, she started to sing in college at UC Davis, completing a bachelor of arts in vocal performance. After teaching K-8 general music and choir, Susanna completed a master of music degree in music education at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. She is currently the director of choirs at Ronald E. McNair High School. Sus also performs with the all womens vocal group Vox Musica.
John Cargile earned his BA in music with a focus in musicology from UC Davis in 2008. He then studied for his California Teaching Credential at CSU Sacramento before accepting a position as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, where he completed his credential and received his masters in music education. John presently teaches at Jesuit High School where he directs the beginning band, string ensembles, the Symphonic Band, and JHS Symphony Orchestra.