Director : Warren Balfour has degrees from Los Angeles City College, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Long Beach and has received his Doctorate from the Univ. of Northern Colorado. He is an adjudicator and clinician at major music festivals throughout the western states, a position he's held with the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association for over 30 years. He currently holds a Professor Emeritus position at Cuesta College, after 31 years in the Performing Arts Department. While at Cuesta, he directed 10 major tours spotlighting the Cuesta College music groups. They performed throughout Europe, including the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Fesitval. Warren is proficient in playing the trumpet and flugelhorn and continues to perform in SLO County, while maintaining a roster of private students. Warren formed the Royal Garden Swing Orchestra in 1985 to perform at the Santa Ynez Winery Sunday Jazz Series. They've been going strong ever since!