Mike Gangemi Associate Band DirectorMike Gangemi

The 2019 school year will mark Mr. Gangemi's eighteenth year at Westlake High School, after spending seven years holding the same position at Moorpark High School. Mr. Gangemi is a sought-after clinician and performer in the southern California music scene, specifically working with middle school and high school jazz and concert bands. Mr. Gangemi is a 1990 graduate of Westlake High School, where he held the lead and principal trumpet spots in the jazz and concert bands for all four years of his attendance, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies with an emphasis on Communications from Southern New Hampshire University, and is currently working on his teaching credential at California State University, Northridge.

Mr. Gangemi serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (Vice President of Jazz Education) and the California Band Directors Association (Webmaster). He is also the head organizer...and Webmaster...for the Ventura County High School Honor Band.

In addition to his duties at Westlake High School, Mr. Gangemi directed the award-winning jazz program at Colina Middle School from 2006-2018, with Jazz I being a featured performance band at the 2011 California All State Music Education Conference (along with Westlake's own Studio Jazz Ensemble I).

Mr. Gangemi was honored to have been selected as the guest conductor for the 2013 SCSBOA Junior High School Jazz All Stars, which was his first honor band experience. Since then, Gangemi has been the guest conductor for the 2016 William S. Hart District Junior High School Honor Band, the 2016 Santa Barbara Unified School District High School Honor Band, the 2017 Santa Barbara Unified School District Junior High School Honor Band, and was awarded as the 2015 New West Symphony Music Educator of the Year. He will be directing 3 honor bands in 2019, including the Fresno-Madera County Junior High School Honor Jazz Band, the Beverly Hills School District Middle School Honor Band, and the Maine All State Jazz Band.

As a performer, Gangemi annually performs around the state as a part of an Elvis Review featuring Raymond Michael, one of the best in the business. Mr. Gangemi saw America from the window of a bus for four months in 1998 while he played lead trumpet for the national tour of “Bye Bye Birdie” starring the late Troy Donahue. In addition, Mr. Gangemi toured Germany and Holland in 1990 and 1992 with the University of Southern California as a member of the "Pinkpop" foreign exchange jazz program —once as a performer, and once as a member of the instructional staff. Mr. Gangemi's proudest accomplishment to date is the formation of his own big band orchestra, The Lane 29 Orchestra. Through philanthropic activities coordinated by this group, Mr. Gangemi has donated tens of thousands of dollars to charities and non-profit organizations, including AIDS Project Los Angeles, Juvenile Diabetes, Assistance League, and ALS.