CB: Cardinal Band
CG: Colorguard
CO: Chamber Orchestra
GB: Gold Band
JB1: Jazz Band 1
JB2: Jazz Band 2
PE: Percussion
SB: Symphonic Band
SO: String Orchestra
WG: Winterguard
WP: Winter Percussion


Directors & Staff

Joey Neuenschwander • Director (Bands)


Joey Neuenschwander is the newest addition to the Kastner Music Faculty. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has performed with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marching Illini, the Jim Ott Brass Ensemble and many others. He has worked at the Music for All Summer Symposium for multiple years and has always had an incredible passion for music.  Mr. Neuenschwander (or Mr. Noo) has taught at multiple schools and has experience with programs big and small. He is very excited to help Kastner grow and he is looking forward to a fantastic year!

Mike Malatesta •  Associate Director (Percussion)  

Mike Malatesta is a graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and has a Single Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Fresno. While attending Fresno State, Mr. Malatesta participated in several music ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band B, British Brass Band, Orchestra, and the Bulldog Marching Band.

Since 1999, Mr. Malatesta has been a music teacher in the Clovis West High School area, where his responsibilities have included directing the Concert Band, Concert Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band and Winter Percussion Ensembles. Malatesta’s teaching duties at Kastner Intermediate currently include teaching the Percussion class and Concert Percussion Ensembles, as well as assisting with the Concert Ensembles. 

In addition to his responsibilities at Kastner Intermediate, Mr. Malatesta is also on the Clovis West Area Elementry Instrumental Music Team, where he teaches at four of our seven elementary feeder schools that ultimately feed directlt into Clovis West High School

 Mr. Malatesta’s professional affiliations include membership in PAS (Percussive Arts Society). In addition to proudly endorsing the following companies and their fine products: Remo (drumheads & percussion), Vic Firth (sticks & mallets), and Zidjian (cymbals) 


Joseph Avery •  Associate Director (Percussion)


Michael Samson •  Associate Director (Strings)


 Stephanie Perger • Director of Colorguard 

Stephanie Perger joined the Clovis West Area staff in the fall of 2008 and is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education. She had previously taught the colorguard program at Mead High School since 2005. Stephanie has an extensive amount of experience having performed with the Rhapsody Winterguard from Seattle, Washington in 2007 & 2008, the Seattle Cascades in 2005, and the Spokane Thunder in 2004. Stephanie directs the colorguard programs at Kastner Intermediate and Clovis West High School.