The Saugus Band and Color Guard, under the direction of Jay Jarrett, is one of the most exciting and competitive programs in Southern California. The students work in the fall in the marching band, competing on the SCSBOA circuit of competitive marching band and in the spring in award-winning concert bands. The Color Guard competes in the winter/spring season in the WGA competitive circuit. The jazz band at Saugus has continued a tradition of playing at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Saugus for over 20 years, and it continues to be an exciting and enjoyable experience for all who attend.
Corey Whitt Director of Instrumental Music
Corey Whitt joins Saugus High School after acting as the Assistant Director of Bands of Perrysburg High School (OH) and Director of Bands of Marshall Fundamental Secondary School (CA). In addition to Mr. Whitt’s work inside of the classroom, he worked extensively with at-risk students of Toledo, Ohio in the Music Plus Program, as well as with students considered to be emotionally disturbed at the Wood County Children’s Resource Center (OH). As president of the Ohio Music Education Association and National Band Association, Corey focused on developing creative opportunities to enrich the education of underprivileged students, in addition to redesigning Massachusetts’s college affordability program, the Commonwealth Commitment.
Mr. Whitt is a graduate of Distinguished Artist Professor John Sampen, and holds degrees from Harvard University and Bowling Green State University.
Harvard University, Ed.M.
Bowling Green State University, Ed.M.
Bob Grigas Percussion Caption
Bob Grigas have been studying percussion since 1999. Through his studies, he has played in multiple groups that have traveled all across the country. Throughout the last 11 years, he has played in some of the most prestigious concert halls in America such as The Broad Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Valley Performing Arts Center, The Ford Amphitheater, and Carnegie Hall.
Bob has had the privilege to have studied under some of the greatest musicians in LA and the world such as John Magnussen, Jerry Steinholtz, Alex Acuna, Pete Korpela, Randy Gloss, Swapan Chaudari, David Roitstein, Joey Deleon, Walter Rodriguez, Nani Agbeli, Gary Pratt, John Daversa, Jeff Elwood, Dr. John Roscigno, and Matt Altmire. He have also been an instructor and educator for the past 14 years at a number of High Schools and Middle Schools in Southern California including Azusa H.S., California H.S., Schurr H.S., Edison H.S., Claremont H.S., Esperanza H.S., La Mirada H.S., Redlands East Valley H.S., Agoura H.S., Saugus H.S. and South Pointe M.S. He received his bachelors of Music degree with an emphasis in Percussion at Cal State University Northridge in 2013, and a Masters degree in World Percussion from California Institute of the Arts in 2016.