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Hello parents and students of Clayton Valley Charter High School!


My name is Lydia Lim and I am thoroughly excited to be the Band Director at CVCHS. I have been a musician for 21 years; a pianist for 10 and a percussionist for 17. I grew up in Los Altos, California and participated in all the school bands at Springer Elementary, Blach Intermediate, and Los Altos High School. 


Starting at age 8 I also participated in private orchestras; the Peninsula Youth Orchestra for 9 years and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for 1 year before graduating high school. Between these two private orchestras I had the privilege of touring in New York, Spain, Germany, France, and the Czech Republic. 


I went on to receive my Bachelor’s of Music in Percussion Performance at the University of Southern California where I performed with USC’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. After 4 years of performance I realized that my heart was in teaching so I stayed at USC and received my Master’s of Art in Teaching Music as well as my teaching credential. 


After finishing my Master’s degree, I worked for one year as a middle school band director at a German-American International school in Menlo Park, California. I was then offered the job to be a band director at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California and worked there for two years.


Teaching high school band is my favorite thing to do; I am passionate about educating young musicians to be excellent performers, disciplined scholars, and gracious people. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. Let's go Eagles!



Lydia Lim

Chris Chervet is beginning his second year at UCLA this fall pursuing degrees in both Music Education and Trumpet Performance. Chris participated in drum and bugle corps for 4 consecutive summers, most recently finishing an undefeated season with the Blue Devils as a soloist and lead trumpet player. This will be Chris's second season working with Clayton Valley High School.
Chris Chervet
Kyle Banda
Kyle currently resides in Pleasanton, California, and will return to Riverside in late September to finish his Computer Science degree at UC Riverside. His marching career includes groups such as the Blue Devils, RCC, and Pulse. He has taught at Foothill High School and Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps. This is his second year teaching at Clayton Valley.
Brandon Duenas is originally from San Leandro and is currently studying Music Education at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. He has marched 2 seasons on Baritone, 1 season in Front Ensemble, 1 season marching cymbals, and 4 seasons playing quads on drumline. He is very exctied to teach his second season at Clayton Valley.
Brandon Duenas
Makoto McCann is currently attending Las Positas college and recently graduated from Foothill High School in Pleasanton, CA. He has performed Colorguard for over 4 years and has taught colorguard for 2 seasons. He is a brilliant writer and an amazing dancer. He is excited to teach his first season here at Clayton Valley.
Makoto McCann
Divesh Karamchandani is a Bay Area based percussionist. Divesh earned a Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying under the tutelage of Jack Van Geem and Jacob Nissly. Divesh maintains an active freelance career, performing with groups throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley. Divesh is also equally passionate about teaching. He is a Teaching Artist with the San Francisco Symphony's Music and Mentors program, and coaches in the middle schools and high schools in San Francisco.
Divesh Karamchandani
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