Dr. Tony Mazzaferro led the Hemet Unified School District’s Honor Band Saturday afternoon at Hemet High School. 
Photo by Cari Boulton

The Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) held its Honor Band performance at Hemet High School this past Saturday. A total of 170 students from multiple schools throughout the district were handpicked by faculty and staff. 

The selected students were divided into three groups — elementary, middle and high school.

All 170 students, ranging from grades four through 12, were given music to practice over the winter break. On Saturday, the students brought their talent to the stage.  

Dan Boulton, Hemet High School’s band director and HUSD’s music coordinator, was behind making this event happen. While this event was something done in the past, it has not been done in many years. 

The Hemet Unified School District’s Honor Band practices before their performance Saturday.     Photo by Cari Boulton

“Sometime in the 1980s it stopped,” said Boulton. “As the coordinator, I just think it’s important because these kids socially get to interact. They get to work with different directors and people — exploring that space musically with different people than they normally would.”

Dr. Tony Mazzaferro, director of bands at Fullerton College, was the conductor. 

All the students were there for a single purpose — their love of music. 

The Hemet Unified School District’s middle school Honor Band performs one of three pieces.    
 Photo by Halie Wilson

Idyllwild Elementary School Honor Band

Darius Esparza

Rory Lovett Jensen

Soren “Gus” Peterson

Idyllwild Middle School Honor Band

Cameron Gage

Carter Johnson

Dominic Esparza

Finneas Carpenter