Amy Gelb

Torrey Pines High School Music Director Amy Marie Gelb began her music career by attending the pre-professional visual and performance arts boarding school, Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI. Graduating with an emphasis in saxophone performance, Mrs. Gelb then went on to receive her undergraduate degree from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music where she studied instrumental music education and saxophone performance under the direction of world renowned saxophonist Steven Jordheim. Mrs. Gelb spent the first four years of her teaching career in Napa Valley as the head of the Calistoga Joint Unified School District music department. In 2004 Mrs. Gelb happily joined the TPHS family. A few career highlights include: receiving the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Education teaching award for exceptional student teaching, winning a Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) performance competition, and being listed in the Who’s Who of American Women. 


Mrs. Gelb teaches the TPHS Intermediate Orchestra, Advanced Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Choir.

Artists in Residence

Mark Weed

Mark Weed is a trumpeter born and raised in San Diego. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory/Composition. Mark has been teaching band/brass in the San Diego area since 1996,as well as performing throughout the county. Jazz Band and Concert Ensemble are his areas of expertise.

Scott Sayre

Scott Michael Sayre is a TPHS Alumnus of the class of 2004. He grew up playing low brass and jazz piano. Pursuing a career in music creation, he earned a B.M. in computer music composition from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and M.M. in composition from the University of South Carolina. Now back in North County, Scott shares his talents at Torrey Pines by coaching the band classes and the drumline.  He also teaches private lessons at the Youth Arts Academy at the Boys & Girls Club in Carmel valley.