Under the direction of Matt McKagan, approximately 350 Lindero students, ranging in ability from the beginner to the more advanced third year musician, participate in band offerings. The following band groups are offered:
- BEGINNING BAND (two sections of approximately 60 students each): Beginning Band is for students with no previous, or less than one academic year of experience with band instruments: woodwinds, percussion, and brass (ability to play piano not applicable). Open to all grade levels.
- COUGAR BAND (one section of approximately 85 students): Cougar Band is an intermediate level group for students with a "B" grade or better in Beginning Band or the recommendation of the director. Purchase of a band shirt and participation in three scheduled evening performances are course requirements. Students may enroll in Cougar Band for more than one year.
- CONCERT BAND (two sections of 50 students): Concert Band is for the advanced middle school musician. Students perform music above the level of the Cougar Band. Class size is limited and governed by appropriate instrumentation. Acceptance into Concert Band is based on recommendation of the director. Purchase of a uniform and participation in several scheduled evening performances are course requirements.
- JAZZ BANDS (two select groups): Students participate in Jazz Band "A" as their elective course during the school day. Students (30) are selected by the band director by audition. The beginning jazz band (Jazz Band "B"), comprised of approximately 30 students from band classes, meets three mornings a week before school. Students must audition for Jazz Band "B."
- WOODWIND ENSEMBLE (one select group): Students participate in Woodwind Ensemble as a lunchtime activity one day a week and are accepted by audition only.
- BRASS ENSEMBLE (one select group): Students participate in Brass Ensemble as a lunchtime activity one day a week and are accepted by audition only.
- PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (one to two groups by demand): Students participate in Percussion Ensemble as a lunchtime activity one day a week. All students may join the ensemble and are grouped according to ability.
Information for current students is available at Mr. McKagan's class page
Matt McKagan, Director:
Mr. Matthew McKagan has been the band director at Lindero Canyon Middle School since 1990. During this time student enrollment in his program has grown to approximately one third of the student body. His concert and jazz bands have been granted numerous awards, including the consistent "Superior" ratings at SCSBOA festivals and the Sweepstakes Award for Excellence in Performance for seven consecutive years at the Heritage Festival in San Diego.
Mr. McKagan has a music degree and teaching credential from Cal-State, Northridge and his MA from National University. In addition to his teaching, he has played the trombone professionally and has been the director of the Westlake-Agoura Hills-Las Virgenes Community Concert and Jazz Bands.
Mr. McKagan has been recognized for his outstanding efforts in the field of education by receiving the Agoura Hills Chamber of Commerce's "Outstanding Educator" Award, the Mr. Holland's Opus Award, the Los Angeles Music Center's BRAVO Award, and the Amgen Award for Teacher Excellence.
He lives in Agoura Hills with his wife, Rachel, and two children, Andrew and Sarah. Specialists:
The Band department schedules 3 specialists (woodwind, brass, percussion) to work with students during class throughout the year.
Woodwind Specialist: Brian Clements, tenor, is an educator, composer, and freelance woodwind performer based in the Thousand Oaks area. He earned a Jazz Performance degree from University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as a Master of Arts degree and teaching credential. Brian is a founding member and lead saxophonist in the Urban Renewal project, a modern 12-piece big band with guest vocalists and emcees out of Los Angeles, blending the boundaries of traditional genres into a danceable mix of styles from pop, rock, and hip-hop to jazz and reggae. The Urban Renewal project has performed in numerous cities on both coasts, released three albums, and has a busy 2016 schedule. In addition to his 30+ private students, Brian is the woodwind specialist for LCMS.
Percussion Specialist: Josh Jones, drums, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in professional Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been a drummer and percussionist for the majority of his life, having performed at venues and events such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the TED Global Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fox News Live, and the Johnny Cash Bike Trail at Folsom Prison. Teaching music has been a large part of Josh's career for many years. His instructional experience includes both private and group ensemble settings. He is now a Percussion Specialist through the Las Virgenes Unified School District at Agoura High School and Lindero Canyon Middle School.
Brass Specialist: Mike Zonshine, trumpet, joined the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra at age 22 as its Principal Trumpet Player and remained a decade until the orchestra ceased operations. Mike has studied at Boston University, at the Eastman School of Music, and at USC. He was twice a part of the Tanglewood Music Center's famed fellowship program-once winning the Voisin Trumpet Award. Mike later taught for five summers at Tanglewood and has an extensive record teaching. He co-founded the University of Hawaii Trumpet Ensemble and is a Yamaha sponsored artist. Mike currently resides in Southern California, continues to perform and teach, and is the brass music specialist at LCMS.