Director Michael Stanley has been our passionate and hardworking Instrumental Music Director since 2006. Mr. Stanley was born in Virginia, but grew up in Southern California. He began his musical studies on guitar but soon switched to the French Horn, studying with Louise MacGillivray and Richard Todd, among others. He earned his BA in Music Summa cum Laude from UCLA in 1995 and subsequently taught Instrumental Music at Walter Reed MS in Studio City for eight years. There his groups earned consistent Superior ratings and his Jazz Band was featured at the CMEA All-State Convention.
As a conductor, he has a wide variety of experience that includes founding and directing the Stanley Wind Ensemble, an elite wind band in the Ventura County area, conducting numerous pit orchestras throughout Southern California, and many workshops taught by such notable conductors as Kenneth Kiesler, Marin Alsop, and Keith Brion. He earned his Master of Music in Conducting from CSU Long Beach in 2007, where he studied under Dr. Richard Rintoul. His thesis project was a complete, staged performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat. Famed percussionist and composer William Kraft, who recorded the work under Stravinsky’s baton, lauded this performance with a rousing “Bravo!”
Percussion Instructor Barney Lane studied at North Texas State and has 20 years of film and TV music experience. He has also taught in the Burbank schools for many years and his own children went through the BHS IMA program.