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The Summit Band program has a tradition of success dating back to its inception in 1994.  The bands have consistently earned Superior and Excellent ratings at Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association adjudicated festivals.  They have performed at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center and various other locations around the Inland Empire.  Additionally, many students from Summit have been members of honor bands throughout Southern California.

 

The Summit Band has had the honor of introducing brand new music to the wind band repertoire.  In 2015, the Summit Shark Band commissioned and premiered "Voyages," a work for concert band by composer Natalie Moller.  In 2013, the Shark Band premiered Mr. Peske's original composition "An Elegy for JFK" at their winter concert.  In 2008, the Summit Shark Band commissioned and premiered "Bluster," written for concert band by Thomas Kahelin.  It was published in 2010 by Alfred Music and received the "Editor's Choice" designation from J. W. Pepper.  It has been performed by bands across the United States and even internationally by a band in Singapore. 

 

Instrumental instruction begins in the fifth grade bands at Long Elementary School and Colony Elementary School.  The band program at Summit Intermediate School includes an eighth grade Shark Band, a seventh grade Symphonic Band, and a sixth grade Concert Band.  Nearly 200 students are involved in the band program, out of the 1100 students at Summit.  Many students from Summit have continued the musical studies in the award-winning music program at Etiwanda High School.

 

Jonathan M. Peske has directed the bands at Summit Intermediate School since 2002.  Mr. Peske earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Redlands.  He has played clarinet for over 25 years and can play many other instruments as well.  When he is not teaching band, he enjoys photography, reading, cooking, and spending time with his family.