Meet McAuliffe MS Instrumental Music Director - Jesse Chang

This bio is taken from the Spotlight Jazz 2017 program:

Jesse Chang grew up in nearby Cerritos, where he nagged his parents for music lessons for years.  He started on classical piano at 10, continued on through high school, and then began playing drums.

After a detour studying Chemical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara, Jesse enrolled at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he was a Presidential Merit Scholar.  He studied jazz and classical percussion and music education.  It was at California Institute of the Arts, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music.  He then added world music to his repertoire, studying the music of Indonesia, India, and Ghana.

Before coming to McAuliffe, Jesse taught Balinese music at Loyola Marymount University.  He served as Chuck Wackerman's assistant director at McAuliffe for 4 years, while obtaining his teaching credentials. He first taught at McKinley Elementary in Santa Barbara, where he founded the district's first elementary percussion ensemble and elevated the school's music program. However, he always longed to return to McAuliffe, and considers it a privilege to be back as the school's Instrumental Music Director.