Director of Choral and Instrumental Music   

Contact Info:

951-940-5447 ext. 20274

francisco.gaxiola@puhsd.org

Courses taught:
Marching/Concert Band

Beginning Band

Symphonic Winds

Color Guard/Percussion

Jazz Band

Concert Choir

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I was born in Los Angeles, CA, where I attended Abraham Lincoln High School in East Los Angeles, and played Tuba in the Marching Band, Concert Band, and Brass Quintet, and Bass in the Jazz Band, Rock Band, and Mariachi Band.  Upon graduation from high school, I enlisted in the Marine Corps in December, 1999, serving for 20 years as a Marine Musician and retiring at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. 

While in the Marine Corps, I served as a Tuba instrumentalist in Camp Lejeune, NC, and Parris Island, SC, as an instructor of Music Theory, Ear Training, and Tuba Performance at the Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA, and as an Enlisted Conductor at Parris Island, SC, Okinawa, Japan, and San Diego, CA. I also deployed with the 2nd Marine Division Band to Camp Blue Diamond, Ramadi, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 4-6 from February 2005 to September 2005, and served as Platoon Sergeant for the Main Gate Entry Control Point Guard Platoon.

I attended San Diego State University and Thomas Edison State University while on active duty, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in June 2018. Upon retirement from the Marine Corps, I attended National University and earned a Master of Education degree in English Language Learner Education and California Single Subject Teaching Credential for Music in January 2021.

I have had the privilege of performing for L.A. City Mayor Richard Riordan, California Governor Pete Wilson, Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama, and several U.S. Ambassadors, Cabinet members, and foreign dignitaries. My most notable performances includes the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA, 2006 AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh, PA, the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, in June 2014, and the 70th Reunion of Honor for the Battle of Iwo Jima in March 2015.