Head Director: Susie Jaksik
Hey, Band! (Hey, what?) BAND ROCKS!!!
I’m Ms. Jaksik, (say jassik) and I REALLY can’t wait to work and play together in band this year! I teach the clarinet and flute/double reed classes at B.T. Wilson. At Hal Peterson Middle School, I direct the Spike, Blue, and Gold bands.
I started playing clarinet in the 7th grade a loooong time ago! I had the choice of a clarinet or a bike. I eventually got a bike, but I was in a hurry to learn the clarinet!
I listen to satellite radio, because I’m a channel surfer – I like lots of different kinds of music. I have three awesome kids – one’s a vineyard manager, one’s a psychologist, and one is working in Yosemite National Park.
We’re going to have an amaaaaazing year together in band! See you soon!
Assistant Director: Christin McAlister
Howdy! I'm Ms. McAlister, and I am very excited to get to work with all of you this year! I teach the Blue Band at HPMS, the beginning brass at BT Wilson, and the Tivy HS Marching Band.
My main instrument is the Trumpet, which I started playing in seventh grade. I've played in all kinds of ensembles, including Concert Bands, Jazz, Salsa, Orchestra, Marching Bands, and Drum and Bugle Corps.
In my free time I like to watch Netflix, ride my bicycle, scrapbook, and play my trumpet. Yes, band directors have to practice too!
I can't wait to start, we are going to have an awesome band program this year!