Phillip Burton HS Band

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Burton High School Director of Bands: Manuel Young


Manuel Young is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Bachelor's in Trumpet Performance. He's also a graduate of the American Band College accredited through San Houston State University with a Master's Degree in Music Conducting. He is the director of the Burton High School Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, Rock Band, and Marching Band. He also currently performs trumpet with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony and gigs with the Community College of San Francisco stage band.  He is a member of the San Francisco Association of Instructors in Music, CMEA, NCBA, TMEA, and MENC. 

Percussion Technician: Divesh Karamchandani


Divesh Karamchandani holds a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Music Education from the California State University, Stanislaus. Divesh is also a graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a  Masters of Music in Percussion Performance and studied with world-renowned and former principal percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony, Jack Van Geem. Divesh is currently the principal percussionist of the Townsend Opera Players, has established himself as a freelance musician in the Central Valley and greater Bay Area. Apart of being BHS's full time percussion technician, Divesh is also employed with the San Francisco Symphony Instrument Training and Support Program. Divesh is a part of the percussion faculty at the Summer Music at Stanislaus music camp held at the beautiful CSU Stanislaus campus in Turlock, CA.


Woodwind Technician: Lynne Funkhouser

Color Guard Instructor: Amy Hou


Amy Hou graduated from U.C. Berkeley with Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies. An enthusiastic guard advocate in her youth, she participated in Irvine’s University High School Color Guard and Winterguard, Pacific Crest Camp and Sacramento Mandarins Workshops. She trained under Blue Devil’s member and Southern California choreographer, Danielle Boyenger-Peter. She is excited to bring dance and performative equipment to Burton High School’s Color and Winter Guard.