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Mr. Kay

Name: Chris Kay
Email Address: kayc@unionsd.org
Phone number:(408) 371-0366 x 26126
 
Welcome to the Union Middle School Music Department!  At Union Middle School I teach three sections of concert band: Beginning Band and Intermediate Band (for sixth graders), and Symphonic Band (which is a performance group that membership is attained by audition only).  I also teach two sections jazz band, which is an intermediate level course offered to seventh and eighth graders and is wildly popular! I am assisted by Hanne Stefanko, the department's wonderful music aid/librarian!
For more information about music at Union Middle School,  please visit the Band page 
 

In addition to teaching music, I also coach wrestling at UMS.  For more information, please visit the Wrestling link.
 
Background
 
I grew up in Santa Clara, San Jose, Campbell and Los Gatos and attended Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Music.  I also graduated from San Jose State University with my teaching credential in music.  Prior to working at Union, I worked as Assistant Director at Leigh High School, as a private brass instructor for Saratoga Music, HR coordinator at Cisco Systems, and Band Director at Leland High School.  I currently live in Santa Clara County with my wife, kids, and dog.  I am a former collegiate wrestler, and currently a member of Silicon Valley Judo's Competitive Team.  I like playing music, playing judo, coaching wrestling, playing Wii and Xbox with my kids, running and bike riding.  I enjoy watching all sports.  I'm a big Forty-Niner, San Francisco Giants, and San Jose Giants fan.
 
Resources
 
Included in my website, you will find links to the calendar, information on grades, learning goals, music to be practiced, information about instrument donations, and information about the Union Music Parents Association. The best way to contact me is via email; click on the email address above to send a message; most messages are responded to in 48 hours. I'm also on twitter and LinkedIn.