Music Director and Conductor James Benanti is currently in his 15th year as Director of Instrumental Music at Redlands High School. At Redlands High School, Mr. Benanti oversees all aspects of the instrumental music program, directing the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and String Ensemble.
A native of Southern California, Mr. Benanti received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Redlands, where he studied instrumental conducting with Eddie Smith. Mr. Benanti is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the California Band Directors Association, the California Orchestra Directors Association, and the California Music Educators Association. He is an active adjudicator for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. He also served on the Board of the San Bernardino County Music Educators Association having been President from 2008—2010.