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Phone: 208-578-5020 Ext. 2201


Degrees and Certifications:

BM Music Education Boise State University MM Orchestral Performance Manhattan School of Music PS Orchestral Performance Manhattan School of Music

Mr. Herb

Hello! I'm the band director at Wood River Middle and High School.  I graduated from Pearl City High School in Hawaii where there was a rich tradition of bands in the schools and community. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Boise State, where I made many friends and met my wife, Tiffany. I continued my education at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and graduated with a Master's in Music in orchestral performance.  While studying in New York, I began my career as a professional musician, regularly performing with groups such as the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, and various Broadway shows. I recorded soundtracks for major theatrical productions, video games, and Grammy Award-winning performances with the Metropolitan Opera. I also recorded with Yo-Yo Ma, The Knights, the Albany Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera, and the New York Philharmonic. I was the bass trombonist for the Hartford Symphony and Albany Symphony for ten years.

Students who study music in the Blaine County School District are offered some of the richest musical experiences in the country.  We partner with the Sun Valley Music Festival, Sun Valley Museum of Art, and Sun Valley Jazz Festival.  These organizations bring in some of the best artists from around the world to perform for the community and share them with our students through educational performances and masterclasses. I encourage all band students to participate in the Sun Valley Music Festival Music Institute Summer program where they get to work with world-class faculty and perform with other kids from all over the country.  This year the summer program runs from August 5th-9th, 2024.  Info on SVMF summer programs can be found here.