Inderkum Music Director Takes Band To New Heights

Inderkum High School marching band. / Courtesy Photo

Inderkum High School marching band. / Courtesy Photo

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updated 9 p.m. on April 6, 2013


Shawn Hines / Courtesy Photo

The band and color guard programs at Inderkum High School have been better than ever this year, and many give credit to band director Shawn Hines.

Hines has been the band director at Inderkum High School for five years now, and in that time the school’s band has undergone a remarkable transformation.

“Shawn Hines … has taken that music department from rags to riches, so to speak,” said Jeff Galindo, music teacher at Natomas Middle School. “His work is absolutely amazing.”

During the 2012-13 school year, the band and color guard have received numerous awards and titles including two first place placements for the Color Guard, and a straight superior ranking for the Wind Ensemble.

“They received all Superior ratings in their recent competition,” said Galindo. “No easy feat for sure – they don’t just hand out that rating.”

Added Hines, “We are moving up statewide and we are now in the Top 25.”

On Saturday, April 6 Inderkum swept the Northern California Band Association for color guard and percussion to become the 2012-13 NCBA champs.

The Inderkum High School band is often described as a “family atmosphere” where members work hard, but enjoy themselves while doing so.

“Shawn Hines … has taken that music department from rags to riches, so to speak.  His work is absolutely amazing.” -Jeff Galindo

“The music program, band, and color guard is a family who has fun doing what we love most because of Mr. Hines,” said Erin Albretsen, a senior in Inderkum Color Guard.

Along with being a band director, Hines also teaches electronic music, symphonic band, and wind ensemble at Inderkum.

“I am absolutely amazed and speak nothing but highly of every single one of them,” Hines said of his students.

Students said Hines has made a lasting impact not only on the Inderkum High School music program but on those who participate in it.

“Mr. Hines is a great teacher, mentor, and father figure to me and he is my biggest role model,” band president Alex Villegas said.

Inderkum High's full marching band. / Courtesy Photo

Inderkum High’s full marching band. / Courtesy Photo


  1. Glad your music department is going well. Congratulations!

    (P.S. – when are you bringing your family to Michigan?)

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