Skip to main content

Athletics News

Torero Spotlight - Jay Posteraro
Jay Posteraro

May 1, 2013

Written by Sarabeth Pollock, Assistant AD for Academic Support

This month the USD Athletic Department Spotlight is proud to feature Torero Pep Band Director Jay Posteraro. If you've been to a basketball game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, then you've seen Jay Posteraro working his magic to use music to inspire the crowd as they cheer on the Toreros. According to Associate Athletic Director Steve Becvar, Jay's "professionalism, enthusiasm and ability to organize band support for our men's and women's basketball programs has been instrumental in providing a dynamic environment that our fans and attendees have come to expect." What many people don't realize is that the band is made up entirely of volunteers from USD and the local community.

Jay's involvement with the USD Pep Band started back in 2008 when he received a call about the position from a friend. Always an avid college basketball fan, a volunteer opportunity that blended sports and music made perfect sense for him. He also had previous experience as the band director at Potsdam College during his junior and senior year. It doesn't hurt that he can simultaneously lead the band while wailing on his trumpet, either.

His favorite memory is during his first year when both basketball teams went to the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Winning the West Coast Conference at home that year caused utter "pandemonium" around campus and electrified the crowd. The Pep Band traveled to Stanford to cheer on the women during the first round of the tournament. Jay recalls that the travel party was at the airport about to board the plane as the men's game was coming to an end. Southwest Airlines made a final boarding announcement, but they were very happy to allow everyone to see De'Jon Jackson's game winning shot against UConn before getting on the plane.

He enjoys traveling to Las Vegas with the Pep Band for the WCC Basketball Tournament. The Orleans Arena provides a fantastic atmosphere to play basketball, and it's a great opportunity for USD's band to meet bands from other schools. At the 2013 WCC Tournament, USD President Dr. Mary Lyons joined in the fun and played cowbell with the Pep Band. Jay also enjoys saluting the seniors during the last home game. It's a great way to recap the season and congratulate the players that he has watched since their freshman years. Ultimately, though, he really appreciates how the players and coaches appreciate the Pep Band. He says the members of the Pep Band feel like they're "part of the team." Becvar agrees that the Pep Band plays an integral role in Torero Basketball: "Whether it is playing the USD fight song, rally songs or special musical selections from our coaches and administrators, the USD Pep Band generates the type of enthusiasm and entertainment that keeps our teams and crowd fired up and in the game."

Outside of his work with the USD Pep Band, Jay is a full time teacher at Mesa Verde Middle School in Poway. He has been the music director for 19 years, and it is a job that he loves. "I want to make my kids better," he says. Currently he works with about 390 students in grades 6-8. There are 170 students in the 6th grade band alone. Mesa Verde is home to two different jazz bands, an orchestra, the Select Ensemble and the 6th grade Symphonic Winds. The Select Ensemble travels all over the country and has taken trips to Chicago and San Francisco. Recently, Jay was named the Poway Unified School District 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year and has been nominated for a Grammy Music Educators' Award. These are well deserved honors for a man who has dedicated his life to bringing music to children.

In his free time, Jay enjoys cooking and playing softball. He loves spending time with his wife Lisa and his daughter Rachel, who is a freshman at Westview. He also plays the trumpet in the band Select Brass. Looking ahead, Jay would like to see the Torero Pep Band grow to include more USD students. He wants to get the word out on campus to inspire people to be a part of this great band, and eventually he'd like to see the USD Pep Band perform in other venues across campus and in the community.

VIDEO
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Day in the Life with Jay Schuyler
The real-life baseball experience
Video Thumbnail Golf: WCC's
Inside look at WCC competition
Video Thumbnail Men's Tennis: Sweep
San Diego defeat Pepperdine 4-0
Video Thumbnail Softball: The Win
Toreros defeat Saint Mary's in weekend series
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Tuber
Coach Scholl introduces "Tuber" - the on campus Torero Uber
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Barista Scholl
Coach Scholl gets students ready for class by helping out at Aromas Cafe
Video Thumbnail Football: Pro Day
Toreros submit their resumes to the NFL scouts
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Portland State Win
Toreros move on to next round in CIT
Video Thumbnail Football 2018: Spring Game
Toreros play spring football game for family and friends
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Toreros vs. Aztecs
USD take on cross-town rival SDSU
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Post Season Run
USD vs. Hartford highlights
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Championship Game
Toreros end the 2018 season against Gonzaga in the WCC finals.
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Semifinals
Women's win send them to the championship game
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: WCC Quarterfinals
Toreros close out 2018 season against BYU
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: "Off Day"
Toreros prepare for the WCC quarterfinals against BYU
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Quarterfinal Highlights
USD defeats BYU in quarterfinal of WCC Tournament
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Day in the Life with Myah Pace
Freshman guard knows how to prep for a win
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Vegas Bound
Toreros travel to Vegas for the WCC Tournament
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Defeating No. 4 Arkansas
Toreros edge out top five team
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Rock the House
Toreros played No. 6 Gonzaga in a fight to the last minute
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Day in the Life
Guard Olin Carter III knows the games starts long before tip-off
Video Thumbnail Winter Saturday
Rowing, tennis, basketball and baseball, a winning day in the books
Video Thumbnail Baseball: For the Love of the Game
Baseball celebrates 60 years
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Women in Sports Day
Julie Foudy spoke to student-athletes and guests for National Women in Sports Day
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: At LMU
Men's basketball on the road
Video Thumbnail Women's Rowing: Day in the Life
Senior Lizzie Bader shows how three-a-day practices are done
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Youth Basketball Clinic
Toreros lead clinic in local community
Video Thumbnail Men's Rowing: Winter Camp 2018
There are plenty perks to being the early bird
Video Thumbnail 60 Years of USD Baseball
Milestones on the road to Omaha
Video Thumbnail USD Honors Local Military Members
Toreros showed their support and hosted local military members at the men's basketball game
Video Thumbnail USD Athletes Sing "Santa's Coming to Town"
Toreros show their talent out of uniform
Video Thumbnail Basketball: City Championship
Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Video Thumbnail Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
Video Thumbnail Torero Tuesday
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
Video Thumbnail On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Video Thumbnail Halloween Hoopla
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Video Thumbnail Seamus Night
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Video Thumbnail Homecoming
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
Video Thumbnail USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Video Thumbnail Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Video Thumbnail Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Video Thumbnail Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
Video Thumbnail USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Video Thumbnail Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
Video Thumbnail 2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics

SCHEDULES
Download Schedules: Add to calendar

  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago

Instagram

West Coast Conference USD
Top ^
» «