Artistic Director, since 2013
Justin Raines is an award-winning composer of music for the stage and screen. His works have been featured on international recordings and streaming services worldwide. He won the 2014 Harvey Phillips Award for Musical Excellence for Cauterizing the Soul, a new work for Tuba and String Quartet which has been recorded through Summit Records by James Shearer and the La Catrina String Quartet. As a film composer, Raines has composed the scores for films and trailers through Voltage Pictures and Hollywood Media Bridge as well as independent projects including the short film Buffalo, which was accepted to the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film category in 2016. In 2008, Raines premiered the original musical We Are Enron which was produced by the late Mark Medoff, Tony Award-Winning writer of Children of a Lesser God.
As a conductor, Raines has had the pleasure of conducting the Gay Freedom Band of Los Angeles since 2012 and the Peninsula Symphonic Winds since 2017. He has been invited to guest conduct at National and Regional Conferences through the Pride Band Alliance, formally the Lesbian and Gay Band Association.
As an educator, Raines currently works through the Los Angeles Community College District as an Instructional Assistant and a Music Theory instructor. Having both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Theory and Composition, Raines hopes to start a composition studio through LACCD and his current position at Los Angeles Harbor College.
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