Our Director

Mike Pakaluk

Mr. Pakaluk holds a B.M. in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music, and a M.M. degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of New Mexico. He has been teaching high school instrumental music since 2006. As the Instrumental Music Director at Lynbrook High School, he teaches the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and the Viking Marching Band & Colorguard. Previously, he taught at Cabrillo High School in Lompoc, California (2006-2011), and elementary school in Derby, Connecticut (2003). Mr. Pakaluk has teaching experience with every age range from pre-K through collegiate/adult. His groups have consistently earned high ratings in festivals, and each year a significant number of students participate in All-State and county honor groups. He has led Lynbrook ensembles on multiple national and international performance tours. Under his direction, the Lynbrook Orchestra performed at CASMEC in 2016 and 2022, and at the 73rd annual Midwest Clinic in 2019. In 2019, he was the recipient of the CMEA Bay Section "Outstanding Orchestra Educator" award. In 2020, he was recognized by Lynbrook as the “Certificated Staff Member of the Year”. In 2020 he named a John Philip Sousa Foundation “Legion of Honor” Laureate.

As a trumpet player, Mr. Pakaluk has recorded and/or performed with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Maria Philharmonic, the Damon Castillo Band, The Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Wind Symphony, the South Bay Dub All-Stars, and many others. He is currently a regular member of the Menlo Brass Quintet, the Peninsula Symphony, and the San Francisco Brass Band. He has been employed as a trumpet/brass instructor through Santa Clara Vanguard Music & Performing Arts and Santa Clara University. Mr. Pakaluk is active as a clinician and adjudicator for CMEA Bay Section and Music in the Parks, and has served as a board member with the California Band Directors Association (CBDA). He is currently the librarian for California Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), and the Secretary for the Santa Clara County Band Directors Association (SCCBDA).