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Mr. Waldukat


Since 2005 Mr. Waldukat has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, California. During his tenure, the instrumental music program has grown to include over 250 instrumental music students. He was selected "Teacher of the Year" by his colleagues, one month before performing at the at the 2013 California All-State Music Education Conference with the CVHS Advanced Orchestra.

A native of Berwyn, Illinois, Mr. Waldukat completed his undergraduate studies at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. In 2013 he was awarded a “Promising Young Leader” scholarship and completed a MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from Brandman University.

Mr. Waldukat directs 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.

Mr. Waldukat is a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, California Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education. He was a member of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 2000-2004, and has been a music consultant/visual clinician throughout Southern California and the Chicago metropolitan area; serving on the visual staff of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2005-2006, 2013; and the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2007-2009. Mr. Waldukat has been the Corps Director of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps since September 2013.