James Rodriguez -- Director of Bands
James Rodriguez is the head band director at Vista Heights Middle School. His musical career began in Fontana, CA where he participated in all of band programs he could enroll in at his school. After graduating high school, James went to California Polytechnic State University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) and participated in the school's student run Bronco Pep Band. In his third year, James became the Director and took the band to San Francisco, San Diego, and had the band perform at over 50 away basketball games. While attending Cal Poly Pomona, James performed with the Cal Poly Pomona Concert, Jazz, Salsa, and Trumpet Ensembles. He student conducted the Cal Poly Pomona Concert Band, under the advisement from Dr. John Burdett, studied trumpet from David Grasmick, and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2012 with a degree in Music Education.
Mr. Rodriguez is in his 5th year of teaching. In 2014, James student taught under Phil Ruiz, Band Director at Diamond Ranch High School, to receive his teaching credential. Shortly after, he became a long-term elementary teacher for the City of Eastvale's elementary schools. Mr. Rodriguez took over for Vista Heights Middle School in 2015. He is married to Megan Rodriguez, his college sweetheart from Cal Poly Pomona.