Mr. Squibb received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of New Mexico. While there he performed and recorded with the nationally acclaimed UNM Wind Symphony as well as the UNM Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Spirit Marching Band.
Mr. Squibb had numerous teaching experiences prior to beginning work for VUSD in 2019. In 2015, he was employed by the New Mexico Philharmonic as a brass instructor and ensemble conductor for the Young Musician Initiative (YMI), an instrumental music program for disadvantaged elementary level students. In 2017, Mr. Squibb began working for Deer Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, Arizona. While there he taught a variety of courses including choir, orchestra, general music teacher and band at the elementary and middle school levels.
His vision for the Madison Middle School Band Program is to provide a high quality musical experience for all students by maintaining high standards in a welcoming and supportive environment. Mr. Squibb believes in celebrating diversity and that music has a unique ability to bring people together. Thus, involving the community as much as possible through concerts, volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, and clinicians is an essential component of this program.
In the spring of 2022, Mr. Squibb was awarded "Arts Teacher of the Year" by the Vista Education Foundation and Vista Chamber of Commerce. See video below.
In his free time, Mr. Squibb enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the movies, seeking out live music, and traveling as much as possible. He also performs his bass trombone regularly in the community with the Cal State San Marcos Wind Ensemble.
Mr. Squibb Wins Art Teacher of the Year
WATCH A VIDEO FROM THE EVENT
CHOIR DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT BAND DIRECTOR
Ms. Jonasson graduated cum laude from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor in Music Education and began her teaching career in South Arkansas as a 6th-12th grade band and choir director. Although she enjoyed teaching, she felt called to do more and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
After completing Recruit Training, Ms. Jonasson was stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina and worked as the Parris Island Marine Band’s flute/piccolo section leader, Woodwind Quintet Leader, and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Music Library. Sergeant Jonasson had the privilege to perform in hundreds of scheduled musical performances over the course of her enlistment, as well as work outside the music field as a Combat Marksmanship Instructor.
Upon honorable completion of her military contract, Ms. Jonasson rejoined the teaching world as a band director with the Riverview Charter School in Beaufort, South Carolina where she helped establish an instrumental music program.
Ms. Jonasson has performed throughout her career with many ensembles, including singing Soprano with the Texarkana Regional Chorale (TX) at Carnegie hall in New York, Alto with the Lowcountry Regional Chorale (SC), flute/piccolo with the Arkansas Tech Band of Distinction (AR), the Mountain Home Symphony (AR), the Redlands Fourth of July Band (CA), Silver Sounds Flute Ensemble (CA), and the Zanja Fife and Drum Corps (CA).
Ms. Jonasson is excited to finally “return to her roots” in California, and is absolutely thrilled to help bring choir to Madison Middle School.