My name is Donald Cerchia and this marks my 16th year teaching music in the Perris Union High School District, all at Perris High School.
I received my BA in Music as well as my teaching credential from California State University Fullerton. My main instrument is the clarinet, and I have been playing for 35 years, performing in the top performance groups at both CSUF and Riverside City College, studying under some of the best professional and studio clarinetists in Southern California. I have performed numerous concerts in the Continental U.S., Hawaii, Tokyo Japan, and South Korea. For many years, I played in the Moreno Valley Wind Symphony, a local community group. I reside in Corona with my wife of 14 years and 2 boys, aged 11 and 5. In my spare time, you can find me taking day trips with the family, riding my motorcycle, or repairing slot machines.
In my years at Perris High School, we have maintained award-winning Marching Band, Concert Band, Colorguard, and Percussion programs, as well as Beginning Band, and Piano classes. Our bands have performed in both CSBC and SCSBOA circuits. We have performed concerts in Avalon; Catalina Island, on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway, Seaport Village in San Diego Harbor, Medieval Times, Knott's Berry Farm, the Grand Canyon West Rim, and the London Bridge in Lake Havasu. We also have performed in numerous community events and parades, school functions, and all the music programs have been featured in our annual Holiday and Spring Concerts.