In 2003 Chris Estrada graduated with his Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts Studies from East Los Angeles College while studying music with Dr. Barbara Hasty (USC) and Mr. Jesus Martinez (USC). Mr. Estrada received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education in 2006 from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) while studying Tuba with Mr. Randy Jones (UCLA), and instrumental conducting with Dr. Abel Ramirez (UCLA). Mr. Estrada completed the single subject teaching credential program in 2013 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona while under the guidance of Dr. Janine Riveire (USC), and is currently in the process of completing his Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting at CSULA with Dr. Emily Moss (University of Northern Colorado).
This year marks Mr. Estrada’s 4th as the Director of Bands at George Washington Preparatory High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As Director, he has breathed life into a dying program as has now received many awards and accolades in parades, concerts, and marching festivals around Southern California. Mr. Estrada is currently in the second year of a four year grant with Exploring the Arts (A Tony Bennett foundation) where, along with the help of the foundation, he has created a new curriculum of instrumental music techniques courses which focus on concert preparation and building individual instrumental skills.
This year marks Mr. Estrada’s 11th year with the Spirit of Troy, and he is proud and grateful to have been appointed as an Assistant Director beginning with the 2016 Season. Mr. Estrada marched from 2007 – 2010 and became a Teaching Assistant for the sousaphone section during his sophomore year (2008). Since then, he has helped to shape the sound of the section into what it is today and hopes to continue to refine and strengthen it. Mr. Estrada is the head of the Reserves Program, which includes people from multiple sections at various skill levels.