We suspect politics, with anything else being used as pretext.
News that the band teacher at BHS was suddenly suspended this week has got us to looking at his academic background. Classically trained and qualified, he’s way too good for Burbank and the kind of crap they shove out of their “acclaimed” vocal music program.
Mr. Stanley earned his BA in Music Summa cum Laude from UCLA in 1995, majoring in French Horn with Richard Todd. He received his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from California State University, Long Beach in 2007, where he studied under Dr. Richard Rintoul. He has also studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler, Marin Alsop, Donald Neuen, and Keith Brion.
In addition to directing the Instrumental Music program at Burbank High School, Mr. Stanley currently serves as Assistant Conductor of both the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Valley Symphony. He will conduct Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony with the Burbank Phil in November 2016. Previously, he was Conductor of the Pipe Dream Flute Ensemble, a Los Angeles-based flute choir. He has also been Assistant Conductor with numerous groups, including orchestras at Idyllwild Arts, the Colburn School, and Cal State Long Beach.
So is it problems, big problems, or pedagogy? That whole damn school and its music department was in the middle of a huge copyright infringement lawsuit, with the principal sitting at center stage. They’re out for vengeance and scapegoating.