James Trepasso


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Jim is an accomplished trumpeter, mandolinist, conductor, and music educator. As a retired music educator, he continues to have an impact on local community music programs. He conducts the City Guard Band and the San Diego Mandolin Orchestra.  He played in both groups under the direction of Eugene Vacher. He is co-founder of the Peninsula Bands in Concert and is a member the San Diego Concert Band and the Tierra Santa Brass Band. He has been involved with Dell Schroeder’s “Band at the Beach” summer music camp since its inception in 1988. Jim has played in community bands and orchestras from Michigan, Kansas, Hawaii, and San Diego. He was in the U. S. Army Band from 1970 to 1973.

Though he is retired, Jim’s “day job” is instrument repair for San Diego Unified School District. He was featured performer and panelist at the Classical Mandolin Society of America’s 2018 conference.

Music Educator Awards 

  • David Paul Schulman Award for secondary teachers (2000)
  • David Paul Schulman Award for elementary instrumental music (2007)
  • Aubrey Penman Retired Music Educator Award (2018)