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Director of SMC Jazz Band and Wind Symphony
John Maltester earned his Bachelors and Masters of Arts degrees from Cal-State University at Hayward. In addition to directing the bands at Saint Mary's (a position he's held since 2006), he has been Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Los Medanos College for thirty-five years and is also Music Director Emeritus of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra and Conductor/Artistic Director for the Diablo Wind Symphony.
Mr. Maltester brings a diverse background of abilities to the conductor's podium. He directs bands, orchestras, jazz bands, and chamber ensembles. Recognitions include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Parent Teacher Association, Outstanding Educator of the Year Award (1989-90) at Los Medanos College, the KABL Citizen of the Day award (1984), the President's award for Lifetime Contribution to Education at Los Medanos College (1999), and the Contra Costa County Regional Arts Council award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts (1999). He has been listed in the “Who's Who in Education” in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2004. He is involved in several community-oriented activities including the Contra Costa Arts Council as well as several advisory board positions. He is one of only two conductors to conduct both the California State Honor Band and Honor Jazz Band.
His ensembles have performed at countless local, regional, state, and national music conferences, as well as many international venues. The LMC Jazz Ensemble received a Superior rating at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Jazz Festival for twenty-six straight years. The LMC Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble have toured Hawaii, Europe, Australia, Jamaica, China, and the Pacific Northwest as well as throughout the Western United States. In the brief time he has directed the Saint Mary's Jazz Band, the ensemble has enjoyed dramatic growth both in numbers and musical quality.
Mr. Maltester is also active as a trombonist, rehearsal techniques clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor and lecturer throughout Australia, the Western United States, Hawaii, and Alaska. In addition he was the American Youth Soccer Organization Regional Referee Administrator for Area 2C (Contra Costa, Solano, and San Joaquin counties), a National referee and assessor, and is a USSF referee. He resides in Pleasant Hill, California with his wife Diane.

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Related documents

Education/Academic qualification

Masters Music Education Dissertation: Developing a Music Program in an Inter-city School, California State University, East Bay

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Research Interests

  • Music Very active as a guest conductor and clinician for local, regional, and national honor bands, orchestras, and jazz bands. Artistic Director Artistic Director for the Diablo Wind Symphony, an East Bay centered Wind Ensemble. Officiating Soccer referee for all levels and primary assignor for Fall and Spring High School soccer leagues.


  • Music