Ventura High School is located in the beautiful beach community of Ventura, situated halfway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles on the scenic California coast. The Ventura High Music Department is an award winning program, offering a variety of classes to nurture and develop students musical interests and abilities. The current classes include:

  • 3 levels of wind bands: Concert Band, Wind Ensemble I, and Wind Ensemble II Honors (UC/CSU Honors status)

  • 2 levels of string ensembles: String Ensemble I (functions as mariachi, folk, and classical strings) and String Ensemble II Honors (UC/CSU Honors status)

  • Studio (big band and combo) and vocal jazz ensembles

  • Marching Band/Pep Band and Drum Line

  • Chamber ensembles

  • Tri-M leadership

The Music Director is Mr. Paul Hunt.



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Mr. Hunt has been director of instrumental music at Ventura High School since 2010. In 2014, he helped to re-establish and become co-director of the Ventura Youth Symphony. This year marks his thirteenth year with the Ventura High School music department and ninth year with the Ventura Youth Symphony. Mr. Hunt received his Bachelors of Music in Wind Performance in 2007 at Cal State, Northridge where he also received his California Teaching Credential and holds a Master's of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. Since Mr. Hunt's arrival at Ventura High School, the Wind Ensemble Honors and String Orchestra Honors have earned distinction at festivals throughout the nation, most recently at the national festival in Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia at the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational. Both groups have consistently received unanimous Superior ratings at state and national festivals and perform some of the most exciting and challenging professional level repertoire ever written. In 2010, Mr. Hunt created the Honors String Quartet which has received unanimous Superior rating at state festivals every year while performing some of the most difficult music in its genre.

Mr. Hunt is a freelance trombone, euphonium, and tuba player and has performed with various opera and theater companies, most recently with the Rubicon in Ventura and the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra. His professional affiliations include the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, the California Orchestra Directors' Association, the California Alliance for Jazz, the California Band Directors' Association, American String Teachers Association, the International Trombone Association, and the National Association for Music Education.