Mitchell Way, Director

Mitchell Way received his Bachelors in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University and his Masters of Music from The American Band College of Sam Houston State University. He has had the privilege of studying music with famous conductors Paula Crider, Anthony Maiello, Peter Boonshaft, Past-President of the American Bandmasters Association Joseph Hermann, as well as instrumentalists  and composers such as Jim Walker, Robert Spring, Eugene Rousseau, Frank Ticheli, Brian Balmages, and Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.

Mr. Way taught band for three years in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area before moving to San Diego in 2007. Prior to this move he served as clinician at the Tennessee Valley Summer Music Festival, coaching chamber ensembles and teaching private saxophone. He has performed with the Tennessee Valley Winds and currently performs on alto saxophone and is a board member of the San Diego Winds, a non-profit ensemble comprised of professionals and music educators for the purpose of developing music education outreach programs in the greater San Diego area. Prior to Westview, Mr. Way taught band and orchestra at Grossmont High School for one year prior to serving as Director of Instrumental Music at Helix Charter High School for five years.  

Mitchell lives in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, and all of his immediate family are “back home” in east Tennessee, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. In his little free time you might catch him indulging in his second love, cooking, or visiting and SCUBA diving in his two favorite places on earth, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and the Florida Keys.

Mitchell Way
Director

Martin Fierro, Associate Director

 

Martin Fierro

Martin Fierro currently serves as Associate Director of Instrumental Music at Westview High School where his responsibilities include teaching Marching Band, conducting two concert bands and orchestra. Mr. Fierro has been praised for his hard work and dedication to his students as a music educator. Prior to coming to Westview High School Mr. Fierro completed his student teaching at Mount Carmel High School and served as Assistant Director of Instrumental Music at Point Loma High School. Prior to becoming a teacher Mr. Fierro gained extensive teaching experience serving as percussion instructor at Redwood High School, saxophone instructor at Mission Bay Montessori Academy and as a staff member for the San Diego Summer Music Institute. Martin has a Bachelor of Music Education from San Diego State University and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music. Martin performs as a local freelance professional musician on both bassoon and saxophone. 

As a teacher and performer, Martin aims to provide his students and audience with an enriching musical experience. He feels blessed for the invaluable opportunity to work with such hard working students, parents, and staff at Westview High School. Martin has studied saxophone with Dr. Todd Rewoldt and conducting with Dr. Shannon Kitelinger.

Martin Fierro
Associate Director

Jeri Webb, Founding Director

 

Jeri Webb earned her Bachelors of Music from San Diego State University, Teaching Credential from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters of Science, Fine Arts Application from Southern Oregon State University at the American Band College.  Miss Webb was fortunate to study with many well known musicians and composers such as: Gary Goster, Eddie Daniels, Allen Vizzutti, Francis McBeth, Alfred Reed, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Johan de Meij and Dallas Brass. 

After successfully teaching middle school for nineteen years Miss Webb began teaching at Westview High School in Poway Unified School District in 2000.  She has served as a Mentor Teacher for Sweetwater and Poway Unified School Districts.  Additionally she has served on the boards of CMEA and SCSBOA and is an active adjudicator and clinician.  Miss Webb has conducted the SCSBOA Junior High School Honor Band, San Diego City Schools Honor Band numerous times as well as the High Desert Junior High School Honor Band.  She served as the conductor of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble for five years.  She has been named SCSBOA’s County Educator of the Year, CMEA Band Educator of the Year as well as Black Mountain Middle School’s Teacher of the Year.  Her groups have received numerous superior ratings and have performed at State Conferences, Washington, DC.  Westview's Wind Ensemble under her direction has performed in various venues, such as New York's Carnegie Hall and San Diego's Symphony Hall. 

Jeri has three children, Brian (cello), BriAnna (bassoon and trombone), and Keith (trombone) who continue to be involved in music.  She retired from the Poway Unified School District at the end of the 2016-2017 school year and continues to live in the San Diego area.

Jeri Webb
Former Director