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Moorpark Music Staff

As the state/school district budget only provides funding for one music teacher, like so many endangered music programs, we need to fundraise in order to exist. We are extremely grateful to have the Moorpark Instrumental Music Boosters support in raising funds, which allows us to provide the additional staff required to offer a comprehensive music program. Our talented and dedicated professional staff teach with passion, challenging our students musically, artistically and emotionally, and supporting each student to reach their full potential.  

String Instructor & Asst. Band Director

Mr. David Bowman

Mr. Bowman joined the Moorpark Music Family in August 2016. He received his Master of Music in String Performance from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 2018, and his Bachelor of Music in String Performance on double bass from CSUN in 2014. During his three years at CSUN, Mr. Bowman earned the Myron Chandler Award, Emmanuel Compinksy Award, and Outstanding Symphony Member Award. He served three years as principal bass of the CSUN Opera productions and served one year as Principal of the CSUN Symphony. While pursuing his classical degree, Mr. Bowman also lead a Jazz Combo in the CSUN Jazz Department..

Mr. Bowman has performed with numerous orchestras including: American Youth Symphony, Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, New West Symphony, Westlake Village Symphony (as Principal), Valencia Symphony Orchestra (as Principal), Harmony Chamber Orchestra (as Principal), Beverly Hills Philharmonic (as Principal), San Fernando Symphony, Idyllwild Festival Orchestra, and Haydn Festival Orchestra. He has also worked as a Bass Coach with the Viewpoint School, Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras, the Los Angeles Youth Symphony and CSUN Youth Symphony.

Mr. Bowman also works and records with opera groups, chamber ensembles, various non-classical groups, musical theater groups and studio recording sessions. As a member of the band Noble Creatures, Mr. Bowman recorded the electric bass on their album "Strange Behaviors".​

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Brendan Ristau


Visual Coach

Angel Nazario


Music Coach

Benjamim Upchurch


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Rob Guzman

Color Guard Coach

Bri Vargas

Bri graduated from Buena High School in 2016 and is currently attending UC Santa Barbara. Her guard experience includes Icon Winterguard 2017 (Independent A), Imbue Winterguard 2018 (Independent World), and Blue Devils 2018. She's currently teaching at Moorpark High School, San Marcos High School, and Buena High School.

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Cameron Ayers

Battery Coach

Bryce Button

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Eddie Ortega

Pit Coaches

Oliver Gragnier

Alex Lam

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