Phil Vallejo, Assistant Conductor and Percussion Specialist
Phil Vallejo is the Director of Instrumental Music at James Enochs High School, in Modesto, California. Mr. Vallejo, and his wife Courtney, along with their three children, enjoy being a part of the Enochs Instrumental Music and Guard family. During his tenure at James C. Enochs High School, the program has performed at Carnegie Hall, received many Unanimous Superior ratings and will be performing at the State Capital steps as a part of the Stand Up for Music advocacy day.
Before his appointment at James Enochs High School, Mr. Vallejo was the Director of Instrumental Music at Clovis East High School for seven years. Before becoming the Director, Mr. Vallejo spent four years as a percussion instructor for the Clovis East High School marching band, concert percussion ensemble and winter percussion ensemble. During his eleven years at Clovis East High School, Mr. Vallejo was fortunate to be a part of some nationally and state recognized programs, not only with the percussion ensemble, but with the wind ensemble and marching band.
Mr. Vallejo holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music Education, as well as a Masters of Arts Degree in Music Performance, both from California State University, Fresno. While at California State University, Fresno, Mr. Vallejo was able to study with great teachers and musicians such as Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Dr. Gary P. Gilroy, Dr. Matthew Darling and Mr. Allan Kristensen. Mr. Vallejo's biggest influences and inspiration in music, comes from his long time friend Vince Oliver and past teachers Dr. Gary P. Gilroy and Murray Gusseck.
Mr. Vallejo is excited to be a part of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, as he feels that team of teachers and conductors are inspiring and the students are fantastic musicians!
In his spare time Phil enjoys hanging out with his wife Courtney and their beautiful children, as well as playing basketball and racquetball.