Jason Orchard- Director of Bands
In 2011, Mr. Orchard began working as the Director of Bands at Buchanan High School where he did his student teaching in 2002 under the tutelage of Mr. Key Poulan. Prior to his work as the Director of Bands at Buchanan, Mr. Orchard taught band at all grade levels in both Fresno and Tulare Counties. A native Washingtonian, Mr. Orchard permanently moved to the Central Valley after touring with a music group headquartered in Visalia, CA.
Mr. Orchard received his Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Conducting at the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. He earned his BA in Music Education at CSU, Fresno. While at CSU, Fresno, Mr. Orchard was a member of the award winning Jazz Band “A” under the direction of Dr. James Miley and Mr. Paul Shaghoian. He was also a member of the CSU, Fresno Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Sutherland and a member of the Bulldog Marching Band under the direction of Dr. Gary P. Gilroy. He currently plays with the Central Valley Winds and teaches private trumpet lessons.
Mr. Orchard is married to wife Rebecca who works at Valley Children’s Hospital and The Well Counseling Center. Together they have two children, Brenna (12) and Kyle (3).