Arwen Hernandez is in her second year as the band director at Riverside Poly High School. Ms. Hernandez studied choral education at California State University, Los Angeles. She came to Poly after leading the band programs at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, and Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades. Ms. Hernandez marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard and was a member of the original London cast of Blast!. She has instructed open and world class drum and bugle corps, including Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets and Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps. From 2005 to 2010, she was a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Ms. Hernandez’ husband, Matt Matthews, is the band director at Colony High School. They live in Riverside with their son Teddy.