In 2012, a unique partnership was created between the Moreno Valley Unified School District, the City of Moreno Valley, and Pacific Crest.
In early spring of that year, Pacific Crest was approached by the City to perform in their Fourth of July Parade. The Committee, however, lacked the resources to cover Pacific Crest’s costs to appear in the parade. At the same time, Moreno Valley Unified School District Board Member Jesus Holguin had been looking for innovative ways to inspire district students to pursue the numerous musical opportunities offered by the district.
Pacific Crest’s Operations Manager Edward Martin attended the Parade Committee meeting. “One of our greatest challenges is finding rehearsal facilities during our California Tour,” explained Stuart Pompel, Pacific Crest’s Executive Director. “I thought we could help both the district and city in return for a week’s stay at one of the district’s high schools.”
The city and school district came together to discuss the idea, and thanks to the efforts of Moreno Valley USD’s Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Dr. Martinrex Kedziora, and Valley View High School Principal, Kristen Hunter, a three-way partnership was created.
This unique partnership is now entering its fourth year. The Moreno Valley Unified School District provides eight full days of facilities rental for Pacific Crest, including use of the gymnasium and locker rooms, football stadium and lights, and numerous classrooms and practice fields.
In return, Pacific Crest performs at the Moreno Valley Fourth of July Parade and the Family Funfest, provides lunch for all band members who perform at the parade, and presents a two-hour educational clinic open to all Moreno Valley Unified School District music students.
Dr. Kedziora is pleased with the results. “We want Pacific Crest to be part of our MVUSD family as their performances symbolize Excellence on Purpose! We are thrilled that our community and students have access to this world class group as a model for all students to see what is possible in the performing arts.”
“It’s rare to see stakeholders from across various agencies work together toward a common goal,” said Pompel. “This is a role model for communities and school districts across the United States”