Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music
Director - Daniel Greenberg
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Daniel Greenberg is the Director of Instrumental Music at Murrieta Mesa High School. As the Director, Mr. Greenberg is in charge of the Marching Band and Color Guard, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Winter Percussion, Orchestra as well as the Winter Guard, Winter Percussion and Pep Band.

Prior to his tenure at Murrieta Mesa, Mr. Greenberg was the Associate Director for the Westview Gold at Westview High School in San Diego, California. At Westview, Mr. Greenberg helped with the Marching Band, and was in charge of Two Concert Bands, Jazz Band and Pep Band.

Prior to his tenure at Westview, Mr. Greenberg was at Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga. Mr. Greenberg was the Director of Bands and in charge of the Marching Band and Color Guard, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Bands, Jazz Band, AP Theory, and Pep Band.

Prior to Rancho, Mr. Greenberg spent four years teaching Middle School Band in Oshkosh, WI. During that time, Mr. Greenberg remained active as a teaching clinician for numerous bands across Wisconsin Including: Oshkosh West High School (Oshkosh, WI), Shadow Armada (Oregon, WI), Lighthouse Brigade (Racine, WI), Mukwonago High School (Mukwonago, WI), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Marching Band (Whitewater, WI) and Stoughton High School (Stoughton, WI).

Throughout the years, Mr. Greenberg has been on the instructional staff for: Capital Sounds Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Madison Wisconsin, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Atlanta Georgia, and Gold Drum and Bugle Corps based out of San Diego.

Mr. Greenberg graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Music-Education and has a Masters in Music from Sam Houston State University and the American Band College.


Recent Accomplishments:

  • 2016 California Heroes Educator’s Award
  • 2017 Crystal Apple Award Finalist
  • 2018 Murrieta Mesa High School Teacher of the Year
  • 2018 California Heroes Educator’s Award
  • 2019 Murrieta Valley Unified School District Teacher of the Year
  • 2022 Murrieta Mesa NJROTC Ram Battalion Teacher of the Year
  • 2023 Crystal Apple Award Finalist
  • Performing Arts Department Head 2016-Present
  • Member of the MMHS School Site Committee 2016-Present


Isabelle Zapata - Front Ensemble
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Isabelle Zapata (Front Ensemble, Winter Concert Percussion) holds Bachelor’s degrees (Instrumental Music Education BM, Percussion Performance BM) and a single subject teaching credential (Music) from CSU Long Beach, a Master’s degree in Teaching (MAT) (emphasis: Elementary Education & Curricular Design) from San Diego State University, an associate’s degree in Deaf Studies and American Sign Language from Palomar College (A.A.), and Orff Level 1 Certification through UC San Diego. Throughout her educational career, she has explored her passion for instrumental music traditions from around the world and participated in everything from drum & bugle corps (DCI) to Steel Drum Orchestra, West African and Afrocuban/Brazilian drum and dance ensembles. She’s studied under notable percussionists including Dr.Dave Gerhart, Ted Atkatz, Brad Dutz, Greg Goodall, and Mark Lamson, and notable dancers/choreographers including Yvette “La Sole” Garcia and Neili Suhyini Adzo Sutker. In her undergraduate years, her passion for ethnomusicology and advocacy work for bringing world music studies and awareness to K-12 public education earned her a Global Scholar Fellowship. She also worked as a Strings coach for a nonprofit youth orchestra called Harmony Project (2015-2021), and as a percussion and single reeds coach at a several elementary, middle and high schools in Long Beach Unified School District (2015-2018).

In addition to working with the percussionists at Mesa, Isabelle is currently enjoying her 6th year teaching K-3 General Music and 4-6 Beginning Band in Cardiff School District, and celebrating her 9th year at Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary 501(c)3 where she serves as the Education & Outreach Coordinator, grant writer, and avian husbandry specialist.

Color Guard

Color Guard
Rebecca Greenberg - Director
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Rebecca began her color guard career marching 9 years with Capital Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. While marching, she found a passion for teaching and helping others catch up on choreography and technique. She has worked the past 20 years with many amazing marching bands, universities, and drum corps across the United States. Some include University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Shadow Armada Marching Band (Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps now), Waukesha West Marching Band, and The Birdville Mighty Hawk Band. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband (Daniel), son (Miles), daughter (Ella), and two dogs (Maddox and Sawyer).

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