Rancho Santa Fe celebrates Jack Wheaton

Jack Wheaton on piano, Rob Morgan on vocals, Dana Wheaton on bass guitar

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