Marquez named new Badger music director

Yosemite High School has a new band director — California State University, Fresno, graduate Francisco Marquez, 23, will fill the position of Randy Hyatt, who retired after 11 years of service to YHS.

Marquez was introduced to the YHS music program this past spring, doing his student teaching under Hyatt’s supervision.

“The opportunity offered everything I was looking for in a program — huge community support, a solid foundation, and students that were excited and passionate about the program,” Marquez said.

Marquez dreams of seeing the YHS music program grow with students from feeder elementary schools.

“I feel that it is important to have music in every student’s life,” Marquez said. “Students are excited for the transition and cannot wait to see what the next musical season will hold. In addition to home football games, I hope to have the band perform at community events.”

He said working under Hyatt has been a great opportunity and a good foundation for the start of his teaching career.

“I feel the musical foundation that Mr. Hyatt has provided is absolutely phenomenal,” Marquez said. “He has been worked hard to get the students to where they are today. I understand I have some pretty big shoes to fill as I take over the program, but I am looking forward to the challenge. The students have a tremendous amount of love and respect for him, and I can only hope that I am that fortunate when I retire.”

Marquez was raised in Santa Paula in Southern California, and comes from a musical family.

“My grandfather was a guitar legend in the Ventura County area, and several of my uncles played guitar,” Marquez said. “Musicians would get together on my grandfathers front porch and play for hours at a time. I started playing the trombone in the fourth grade and continued through middle and high school. I was fortunate to participate in several honor bands and camps throughout my high school career, which even gave me the opportunity to march in the Rose Parade in 2009, and play in the Ventura County Honor Band under Guest Conductor and Fresno State Director of Bands, Dr. Gary P. Gilroy.”

Marques received a scholarship to attend California State University, Fresno, and be a member of the school’s marching band. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in Spring of 2013 with a degree in Music Education.

Summer Music Camp

Marquez encourages 5th through 12th graders to attend the Yosemite High School Summer Music Camp June 18-27. The eight days of instruction is $50. According to Marquez, the camp is designed for students who already have a foundation in music.

“It’s a good opportunity for music students to keep their chops up for the summer as wall as growing as musicians, and just having a fun time,” Marquez said.

Details: Yosemite High School, (559) 683-4667, ext. 243,