Jessy J, known to Hemet locals as Jessica Arellano, turned her passion for music into a lucrative career Photo by Jessy J.Jessy J, a 1997 graduate of Hemet High School, is seen here with (l to r) Shirley Mattox, Jessy J, noted jazz musician and HUSD music instructor Larry Mattox, Elia Arellano. ■ Matt McPherson / Contributed Larry Mattox, who recently passed away, pioneered the Hemet Unified School District’s (HUSD) instrumental jazz department in the 1960’s. He implemented the program and continued to nurture and mentor student musicians at the elementary, middle and high school level. One such student was Jessica Arellano, who paid attention to her music teachers and developed
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