• MM University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, 2007.
  • B.Mus. La Sierra University, Riverside.

Giovanni Santos serves as assistant professor and Director of Wind and Percussion Studies at La Sierra University, where he directs the University Wind Ensemble, Big Band, instrumental music education, and teaches conducting. For 7 years, Professor Santos had the privilege of leading the band department at Loma Linda Academy, where he led their Wind Symphony in performances across the United States and Europe.

A proponent of new music for wind band, Mr. Santos has commissioned works by Tim Davies, Karim Elmahmoudi, Greg Simon, Timothy Mahr, and Andrew Boysen, Jr.  He’s led successful performances in such venues and festivals as the Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres, Fete de la Musique in Paris, San Giovanni Valdarno Classical Music Festival (Italy), Teatro Titano (Republic of San Marino), and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Santos was also recently awarded recognition for “excellence in music education” by the La Sierra University Music Department. Professor Santos also enjoys frequent engagements as a guest conductor/clinician for festivals across the US.
In classes, lessons, and workshops, his conducting mentors have included, Barbara Favorito, Donald Thurber, H. Robert Reynolds, Mallory Thompson, Tim Robblee, Frank Battisti, Mark Davis Scatterday, and Brad Lubman. Santos had the privilege of studying trumpet with Richard Hofmann, Boyde Hood, and Donald Green.

Mr. Santos is a graduate of La Sierra University (B. Mus). He earned his MM in Music Education from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he was also a scholarship trumpet student.

Professor Santos is inspired by his family. His wife Tanya, is an elementary teacher in Perris, CA. Tanya and Giovanni are proud parents of Gianna and David.


  • Guest conductor and clinician.
  • Freelance trumpet player.


Academic Interests:

  • Instrumental Conducting Pedagogy
  • Music Outreach for Title 1 Schools
  • Chamber Music
  • Latin American Music for Wind Band


  • "Excellence in Music Education" - Award (La Sierra University Music Dept.)
  • "Scholarship Award" - Thornton School of Music Brass Performance.

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