Music Director Paulette Westphal started singing in church choirs when she was 3, began piano lessons at 6 and took her first band class at 11 on the flute. She continued her band, orchestral and choral experiences through high school and college, where she majored in music education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, specializing in secondary instrumental music.
After teaching junior high school band and orchestra for several years in Virginia and Maryland, Paulette stayed home to raise her children and switched her music involvement to community organizations. She has been the director, assistant director and flutist for community bands in Virginia and North Carolina. In Northern Virginia, she was the pit orchestra director for a local music theater group for such shows as Music Man and Mame. She has also been the choir director at a number of churches, currently at First Christian Church of Burbank. Additionally, Paulette has directed and performed in community choruses on both the east and west coasts.
Paulette holds a masters degree in adult education and human resource development from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also studied conducting with the late Dr. Frederick Fennell of Eastman School of Music, where he conducted the Eastman Wind Ensemble for many years.
Paulette is a member of the national Association of Community Bands and National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC).
Assistant Director Julie Levine began playing trumpet at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills after being awestruck by the award winning Marching Band and was determined to join. After only one semester of playing she became an integral part of this group. She was the sole representative for El Camino in the L.A.U.S.D. All-City Marching Band for two years. She continued her musical journey at Cal State Northridge as a Music major. She played in the Marching Band and Wind Ensembles. It was at CSUN where she hit the pinnacle of her playing career performing the first movement of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto. It was also at CSUN that she got her first true taste of conducting. She had several opportunities to conduct the Marching Band and Wind Ensemble.
After obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies she continued to play at CSUN and in addition played in the Wind Ensemble at UCLA. After a break from music for a few years it was again in 1999 that she came back to playing where she joined the L.A. Valley College Wind Ensemble and has been a member ever since. At L.A. Valley College she continues to develop her conducting skills on a regular basis. Julie is a recent addition to the Burbank Community Band and hopes to develop a long lasting relationship with the group.
Dr. Don Holcomb, Director Emeritus studied music since he was ten. As a clarinetist, he was a soloist in his high school and college bands. A graduate of the US Navy School of Music, he spent three years as a fleet musician on clarinet and saxophone. While stationed in Puerto Rico and studying with Dr. Roger Martinez, he was principal clarinet with the San Juan Symphony and San Juan Opera Company.
After discharge from the Navy, he spent a year as principal clarinet and soloist with the Shasta Symphony. Returning to Los Angeles, he studied with the great Mitchell Lurie and performed with the Compton and Brentwood Symphonies, then 25 years as principal clarinet and soloist, with the Huntington Park Symphony under Alexander Riesman, three years as principal clarinet with the Musician’s Union Orchestra, and several performances of the Far West Opera Company.
Dr. Holcomb’s band experience includes principal clarinet and soloist with Neo Classic Wind Ensemble, Los Angeles Police Band, Lockheed Band, Monterey Park Concert Band and Covina Concert Band. Dr. Holcomb also appeared in a variety of wind ensembles, polka bands and swing bands, including the Clyde Reasinger Big Band.
Holcomb began conducting in 1986, studying privately with Paul Kilian,
then completing the Masters program at CSULA, studying under Dr. Buck.
He became conductor of the Burbank Community Band in 1987 and retired on December 31, 2011. He became the conductor of the Los Angeles
Police Concert Band in 1989 and continued in that position until his death in April, 2016.