Artistic Director, since 2013
Originally from New Mexico, Justin Raines is a tuba player and composer whose music has been performed throughout the world.
Justin earned his Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has had the opportunity to study with several recognized and respected conductors. At New Mexico State University, he studied with Dr. William Clark and Dr. Ken Van Winkle, both notable clinicians and members of the American Bandmasters Association. Tokyo’s noted TAD Wind Symphony has premiered and commercially recorded several of his band works, which have been released internationally. Recently, Justin worked with Voltage Pictures and Hollywood Media Bridge to score the films Ambushed and Puncture Wounds. Both soundtracks were released on Milan Records.
Asst. Artistic Director, since 2021
Joseph Vranas is an award-winning composer of concert, film, ballet, and music for theatre, with works premiered across the United States and internationally. Along with his work in screenwriting, Vranas’ music has been recognized by the 48 Hour Film Competition, has premiered in several short films at the Cannes Film Festival, and has been awarded the KCACTF Meritorious Achievement for Original Music. When he is not writing, Vranas is also an accomplished conductor, trumpet player, and teacher who works with youth orchestras, bands, and after-school programs such as EduCare to further or introduce music education for all students. He has been acknowledged by the Texas Music Educators Association and the City of Bell, California for excellence in teaching.
Currently, Vranas conducts the youth and string orchestra with the Saturday Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles and has previously directed various chamber and new music ensembles including the Old Main Brass Choir, the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (ECCE), and the Pacific Artists Collective (PAC).
As an educator, Vranas currently works as an assistant director with the Bell High School band in Bell, CA and teaches private instruction and lectures in Composition, Music Theory, Film Music, and Trumpet in the Los Angeles area.
Previous Artistic Directors
2002 - 2012
1997 - 2001