Camellia Symphony Orchestra
Jay DeWald, Conductor
Elk Grove’s own “Johann Strauss Jr.,” Jay DeWald, has conducted for the Strauss Festival every year since its inception in 1987, leading the 40-piece orchestra with authority fostered by his impressive musical resume.
An accomplished trumpet player, DeWald taught music for 26 years at Elk Grove High School, and has now retired as band director at Pleasant Grove High School. He also taught music at Katherine Albiani Middle School and oversaw an instrumental music program at Elk Grove Elementary School.