Paul Bluto has taught in the California public school system for 34 years, recently retiring at the end of the 2021 school year. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from California State University Long Beach, a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Redlands, as well as Doctoral level music education work at the University of Iowa. His teaching experience includes 5 years in the San Gabriel Valley and 29 years in Coachella Valley area schools, including 5 years at Indio High School, 4 years at James Workman Middle School, 8 years at La Quinta High School, and the last 12 years as the inaugural instrumental music teacher at Shadow Hills High School. His concert ensembles consistently earned Superior ratings at adjudicated music festivals. Paul is a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) where he has held positions on their board of directors as Vice President of Music Lists, and Vice President of Honor Ensembles. He is a Head Judge and adjudicator for field shows, concert festivals, and parades and is a recipient of their prestigious Gold Award, in recognition of service to the organization. He has been married to his wife Yvonne for 27 years, and has two sons, Tristan (25), and Harrison (23). In addition to his career as music educator, his other interests include music composition, cooking, wine education, and fantasy sports. He is an avid Los Angeles sports fan, but especially the Dodgers and Rams.