Jose Chepe Baron graduated from Stockton College in 1961, earned a bachelor of music from the University of Pacific in l964, and a masters in education from California State University of Sacramento in 1974.
Baron is recognized by his peers as having one of the finest music programs in the Central Valley. The East Union High Lancers are consistent top performers in music contests and festivals throughout Northern California.
Baron has devoted more than three decades to furthering the musical education of Manteca's young people.
From 1964 to 1967, he taught instrumental music at Lathrop and French Camp schools before he was also retained as East Union High's first band director in 1967. In 1972, Baron added beginning guitar and jazz bands to his East Union duties plus serving as a part-time assistant to the principal. From 1977 to 1992, Baron became the activity director, yearbook advisor, and student council advisor for EU Baron, handled the dean of students job for discipline and attendance in 1992-93, and resumed his role as full-time band director in 1993 covering all aspects of the school's instrumental music programs.
He was recognized as the California Teachers Association's teacher of the year for 1998. Numerous students speak highly of how Baron has inspired and motivated them to strive for their maximum potential whether in music or other endeavors.