“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein
The Ponderosa Band Program’s vision is to ensure that the skills necessary to become first-class musicians, performers, and leaders are being developed by providing high quality music instruction as part of a well-rounded education.
The Ponderosa Band Program is home to award-winning groups and musicians and serves over 150 students. The band program consists of the marching band, color guard, jazz ensemble, symphonic band and concert band. Our talented young students work extremely hard and spend hours in preparation for exciting performances both local and afar such as the Heritage-Worldstrides Music Festival and Northern California Band Association Competitions. The band program consistently brings home Superior ratings and high marks in all their performance endeavors.
Meet our Director!
Santiago Sabado is from Placerville, CA and a graduate of Ponderosa HS. He holds his Masters in Instrumental Wind Conducting, Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Sacramento State University as well as his Teaching Credential in Music. He performed with the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps from 2006-2009 and went on instruct the corps from 2010-2015. He serves as the Head Drum Major Judge for the Northern California Band Association as well as the President for the California Music Educators Association- Capitol Section. Santiago also enjoys teaching music at the Sugarloaf Fine Arts camp during the summers. This will be Santiago’s 6th year teaching and his 1st year at Ponderosa High School.