Rancho Santa Fe celebrates Jack Wheaton


Friends and family gathered to celebrate Rancho Santa Fe Big band conductor Dr. Jack Wheaton’s 80th birthday Aug. 5.

Wheaton is a retired professor of music, USC; past-president of the American Federation of Musicians; composer of film scores; author; and director of the Gershwin segment for the 1984 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Wheaton received greetings at his birthday celebration from former students, including Bobby McFerrin and Pancho Sanchez.

Photos/Jon Clark