Conducting Bands and Orchestras, Harvey Benstein brings a wealth of experience and artistry to the podium. His musical interpretations and artistic conducting style have won the praises of composers, conductors, musicians and audiences alike. Ensembles under his direction demonstrate a wide range of musical styles, sensitive musicianship, and ensemble clarity, creating innovative and eclectic programs.
Locally Benstein has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra and is in his sixteenth year as Music Director and Conductor of The Walnut Creek Concert Band. His teaching career spans over 40 years, teaching on the faculties of The Ohio State University (OH), McNeese State University (LA), and Butler University (IN). His secondary school teaching experience began in his home state of Michigan and culminated at Campolindo High School in Moraga, CA. He is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States, working with both professional, collegiate, amateur and student ensembles.
Lauren Gibson is currently the Instrumental Music Director at Acalanes High School in Walnut Creek, California. She directs five ensembles including three bands, orchestra and jazz band. In addition, she directs the Pep Band at football games and community events. Before this year, she was a Graduate Assistant at University of the Pacific and earned her Masters of Music Education. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Montana in Flute Performance and Music Education after which she taught General Music Education for four years in Seattle, Washington.