Paul Herrera

Mr. Herrera grew up in Stockton, CA. He has traveled the world performing in Beijing, England, Spain, Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and throughout Valencia, Spain. He is the current music director at Joseph A. Gregori High School. In his tenure at Gregori High School he has led students on performance tours at California’s Great America, the French Quarter Jazz Festival in New Orleans, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, and The Rose Bowl. Students of the Gregori Musical Arts program have had opportunities to visit and perform at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, Fresno State, San Jose State University, University of Washington, Seattle Pacific to see what their music programs have to offer. 

As an educator: he has taught private brass lessons since 2007. His private students have received top brass player awards at their schools; auditioned and made local honor bands, honor orchestras, and the California All-State Honor Bands. Paul received his bachelor of arts in music education from Fresno State in 2010. Paul has been a faculty member at Clovis West High School, Washington Union High School, American Union Elementary School, San Jose State University, and California State University, Stanislaus. In 2013, he was selected as American Union Elementary School's “Teacher of the Year.” In 2016, he completed his MA degree in Instrumental Conducting at San Jose State University and was the recipient of the Class of 2016 “Outstanding Graduate Music Student” Award.  

Paul is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, California Music Educators Association, California Orchestra Directors Association, Treasurer for the Stanislaus County Music Educators Association and is serving as a Representative to the California Alliance for Jazz for the California Band Directors Association. 

Philip Fiorio

Mr. Fiorio graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelors of  Music Degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance. After Northridge, Philip moved to New York and attained his Masters of Music Degree of Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Fiorio then moved back to Los Angeles to freelance as a trumpet player and private teacher. In addition, he was on the faculty of Cal State Northridge for three years teaching Jazz Combo Class.  He then moved up to the San Joaquin Valley area and began teaching music full time at Great Valley Academy in Salida on 2013. Mr.  Fiorio is an active performer and can be heard throughout California playing various   styles of music.

Chuck Sheaffer

Mr. Sheaffer is a retired music educator who taught for 33 years for Modesto City Schools. He taught throughout the district at numerous elementary schools. For 15 years, he taught orchestra, choir, chamber choir and piano at Davis High School.  He was one of the founding music directors of the Stanislaus Youth Orchestra (SYS) which later became the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO). He was one of the original violin teachers for the Modesto Suzuki Association. Currently, he performs with the Synergy Chamber Players as a pianist and violinist and teaches violin, viola, and cello.  He is also the organist and choir director at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Modesto.

Makenzy Bergman

My name is Makenzy Bergman.  I am the colorguard coach for Gregori and this is my fourth year coaching. I have been doing this sport since 2012 and I am in my ninth year of being a part of this wonderful actvity.  I am a Gregori alumni of class of 2016.  I did guard all through high school as well as the orchestra. I went on after highschool to Imbue A guard in 2017, Paradigm in 2019, and just aged out of the Independent A class with Fresno State Independent Winterguard.