Andy Waldukat has been Director of Instrumental Music at Capistrano Valley High School since August 2005. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he received a Bachelor’s of Music for Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, and is alumnus of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois, 2000-2004. Currently he is completing graduate studies in Educational Leadership and Administration at Brandman University, Irvine.
Mr. Waldukat is currently the visual, performing, and practical arts department chair, and teaches the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra I, Orchestra II, and Orchestra III. In addition to the five curricular ensembles Mr. Waldukat directs the CVHS Marching Band, conducts the spring music, and teachers IB Music. Since arriving at Capo the school’s concert programs have consistently earned Unanimous Superior ratings at festival, while the “Black and Gold Brigade” was awarded the SCSBOA Class 1A marching band title in 2006, and SCJA title in Division 3; 2009, 2010 and Division 4 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2011 The Macy’s foundation recognized the CVHS Pit Orchestra for their outstanding performance of Bernstein’s West Side Story. The advanced Orchestra performed at the 2013 CASMEC Conference, being invited after a blind audition.
During his tenure the instrumental music program has grown to well over two-hundred and fifty instrumental music students. The orchestra program has grown from a single class into program consisting of three full time curricular orchestras. Students participate in after school activities including small chamber ensembles, pit orchestra, and full Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Waldukat is a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, California Music Educators Association, and the Music Educators National Conference. He has been a music consultant and visual clinician throughout Southern California and the Chicago metropolitan area