Our directors


Mark Nowak just completed his sixth year as the band director at Oak Valley Middle School in San Diego, CA. The band program at Oak Valley has around 300 students grades 6 through 8 participating in 5 concert bands, a jazz band, and an audition-only ensemble. Our ensembles perform yearly at district festivals and community events. We have traveled to SeaWorld, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Six Flags Magic Mountain for workshops and performances. In 2016 we were honored to perform at San Francisco Symphony Hall as part of WorldStrides’ Festival of Gold. Our program is well represented at All State, All Southern California, and All San Diego County Honor ensembles. 

Mark has also taught in San Diego and Placentia-Yorba Linda school districts. He has played trumpet for 35 years and currently plays tuba with the Pomerado Community Band under the direction of Mr. Dean Hickman.

Mark received his Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and his Master’s degree from the University of Georgia, where he studied with Fred Mills on trumpet and Sammy Nestico for jazz education. As a performer, Mark has played at the Montreux and Vienne Jazz Festivals in Switzerland and France, for Super Bowl 34 and for golf’s Ryder Cup.


Rebecca Fallentine loves children and teaching them to sing is her speciality! She received her undergraduate at Brigham Young University and Masters Degree from National University in secondary education. Miss Fallentine began her love of music singing as a child and continued it in high school by playing trumpet in her school’s pep and jazz bands, brass quintet, and symphonic winds. She also participated in choir and sang in All State Choir. She now sings with a professional choir that has recorded albums, toured around the United States, and has performed for the National ACDA convention. Miss Fallentine has taught at Oak Valley for several years teaching choir, math, and science. For fun, she runs marathons, climbs mountains, lifts weights, and volunteers in her local church.