Music director: Mr. Jean-Paul Balmat
2017 San Diego Unified District High School Teacher of the Year
2017 CMEA Jazz Educator of the Year
2017 District High School Teacher of the Year and CMEA Jazz Educator of the Year, Jean-Paul (JP) Balmat, has built a internationally recognized program at Mission Bay. His award-winning groups have been invited to perform throughout California, New Orleans and most recently, Japan.
A Mission Bay High School alumni, Balmat performed all four years of high school and was appointed student band leader his sophomore year under the direction of Rey Vinole. After graduating in 2002, Balmat attended San Diego State University where he graduated with honors receiving a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. With the support and dedication of Mission Bay High School community and staff, the music program was resurrected after a two year hiatus with Balmat as their new music director.
Jean-Paul is an accomplished educator, performer, composer and arranger. As a professional saxophonist, he performs regularly in San Diego. He is artistic director of the Euphoria Brass Band and his recordings and compositions have been nominated for San Diego Music Awards the last five years. Most recently he has performed with Grammy Award Winning Musicians Oscar Hernandez and Javier Cabanillas. He was also selected to perform in the San Diego KSDS 88.3fm Jazz Orchestra under the direction of world-renowned trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos.