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Rory Snyder

Rory is a Professor Emeritus at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, where he just retired as the Director of Jazz Studies. For 16 years was the Director of Bands at Homestead High School and Jazz Director at Santa Clara University. He earned a B.A. from UCLA and an M.M. from the University of Northern Colorado, and is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, honor band director, and guest artist throughout the west. Rory recorded his first CD as a leader titled “New York Sessions” featuring Michael Wolff - piano, Wallace Roney - trumpet, John Patitucci - basses, and Victor Jones - drums.

He held these leadership positions during his career: NorCal President of the CA Unit of IAJE for almost 10 years, CMEA State Jazz Representative, NorCal Vice President of MACCC, CMEA Bay Section Area V Representative, NorCal Representative of CAJ, and Music Department Chair at Homestead HS and Diablo Valley College. He is currently the Western States District Representative of the Jazz Education Network.

He founded the Jazz Program at Homestead HS in Cupertino, and built it up to be one of the top programs in CA. The Jazz Ensemble earned many Unanimous Superior ratings at CMEA Festivals, won many competitive festivals, and was selected 6 times as one of the top 10 Ensembles to compete at the Monterey Jazz Festival HS Festival. Most importantly. a lot of his former students are now music teachers, professional musicians, and most continue playing music.

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