Welcome to the Enterprise High School Music Department. We know that it is the outstanding experiences that make high school memorable, and we are all about providing those experiences. Here at Enterprise Music we have over 15 performing ensembles, which take part in over 30 musical events throughout the year. Our students not only work hard to produce great results, they have a lot of fun while doing it!
About the Directors
Alissa Aune is honored and thrilled to return to her alma mater as the Choral Music Director of Enterprise High School since 2013. She conducts the Chamber Singers, A Cappella Choir, Women’s Choir, Men's Chorus, two jazz choirs, and is the director of Enterprise Starship and the Victorian Dinner.
Born in Grass Valley, she moved to Redding in 1987 and attended Pacheco Elementary and Enterprise High School. After two years at Shasta College, she attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, she was involved in the Mustang Marching Band and Wind Orchestra. She actively participated and is an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national co-ed band fraternity. She received her teaching credential from Simpson University, while student teaching at EHS. She recently completed her Masters in Music Education, with an emphasis in Conducting, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
For five years, she directed seven choirs at Bear River High School in Grass Valley, CA. While at BRHS, she continued the long tradition of excellence at Bear River with superior and excellent ratings for all groups at competitions and festivals throughout the state. She also was the music director for three after-school musicals at BRHS, and participated in the Music in the Mountains Festival Chorale.
Prior to BRHS, she was the music director at Nipomo High School for six years on the California Central Coast, where she started and directed the whole music program. She was also the music director for the musicals staged at NHS, which included Grease, The Wizard of Oz, The Pirates of Penzance, Urinetown: The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, and two productions of Les Miserables.
Alissa's musical direction credits on the Central Coast also included Thoroughly Modern Millie, Urinetown: The Musical, The Full Monty, and What I'd Say: A Musical Tribute to Ray Charles. During 2007, she was the musical director and arranger for the world premiere of Tumbleweed Connection, a musical based on the music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. She has been a guest director for the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra and the SLO County Band. She also directed a church choir and a youth performing troupe with students from throughout SLO County, which won the National Award for Music Revue through Cruise Festivals.
Gabriel Sakuma is the Instrumental Music Director at Enterprise High School, where he teaches marching and concert bands, jazz, percussion, and guitar.
He was born and raised in Red Bluff, CA. After graduating from Red Bluff High School, he attended California State University, Chico, where he majored in music. He began teaching music in Chico’s elementary schools as early as 18. By 20, he was the youngest ever student director for Chico State’s concert, jazz, and pep bands. He was involved in the Chico State Wind Ensemble, Jazz X-Press, the Chico Jazz Collective, and the North State Symphony. He has also performed with great artists such as Joseph Alessi, Greg Gisbert, Dave Pietro, Paul Romaine, and Bobby Shew. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in music.
He started his teaching career at Red Bluff High School in 2011, where he taught marching and concert bands, jazz, percussion, guitar, and music history. During his stay, Red Bluff High School’s bands won several awards at festivals, competitions, and parades around California. He was actively involved in the the other Arts as well. He was a technical director for the play Laughing Stock and vocal director for the musical Once Upon a Mattress. He always made it a point to make a fool out of himself for his students: he was a guest “singer” during choir concerts, a guest “dancer” during dance shows, and always involved in Red Bluff High School’s infamous Faculty Skit.
Gabriel took up his current position at Enterprise in 2015. He lives in Redding with his wife, Lisa.