December 11, 2013 – Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble Performs in California

Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble
New South Wales, Australia
Scott Ryan and Michael Jobson, and Stephen Williams, directors


Music Across Borders!
Featuring music of Australia, Africa, America, and more!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
7:00 PM
Liberty Theater
Paradise Village
2700 E. 4th St.
National City, CA 91950

Free Community Concert

For more information:
(800) 395-2036

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Program to be chosen from the following:

Greenhills Fantasy | Thomas Doss

Shepherd’s Hey * | Percy Grainger Arr. Schissel

Australian Sea Ballad | Robert Sheldon

Kosciuszko* | Brendan Collins

The Man from Snowy River* | Bruce Rowland Arr. Barry Bignell

Variations on a Korean Folk Song | John Barnes Chance

Gershwin! | Arr. Warren Barker

March of the Belgian Paratroopers | Pierre Leeman Arr. James Swearingen

Llwyn Onn* | Brian Hogg

Abram’s Pursuit | David R. Holsinger

African Symphony | Van McCoy Arr. Naohiro Iwai

*indicates Australian Composition

About the artists…

This Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble was formed as an initiative of the NSW Department Education & Training Hunter/Central Coast Region in 2005 and is administered by the Regional Arts Council. The band has a total of 80 members who will be traveling to the United States to perform in California, New York and Chicago . Membership is open to all public school students from years 5 – 12 representative of schools from the Hunter/Central Coast region of NSW in Australia. The ensemble has had successes at regional, state, national and international levels. This includes performances at the Sydney Opera House, Australian National Band Championships, National Eisteddfod at the national capital – Canberra, NSW Vice Regal performances for the Governor of NSW and the Pacific Basin International Music Festival in Hawaii.

Scott Ryan has established an impressive list of accomplishments as a musician, conductor and music educator. He has won many awards as a conductor at state, national and international levels, including the New South Wales Band Association‘s Young Musician of the year. He was presented with a NSW Department of Education and Training Award of Excellence for the development of school instrumental music in the Hunter/Central Coast Region in 2006. Last year Scott was selected as a participant in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development program. As the founding Director/Conductor of the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Wind Ensemble Scott has led the ensemble to success at festivals nationally and internationally, including a number of National Eisteddfod Championships, National Band Association Championships, a command performance in the Hawaii State Theatre, a command performance in the Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, a performance in Paris on Bastille Day and performances with the University of Nagoya and City of Ube Wind Ensemble in Japan.
Currently Scott is employed by The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education and Communities as Instrumental Music Assistant, a position he has held since 2007. He is a regular conductor at the NSW State Music Camps, a member of the music team for the Schools Spectacular and is currently conductor of the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra – National Champions in 2012 and 2013. Scott accompanied the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble to the USA in December 2007, performing at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago. During these two weeks Scott worked with renowned conductors including Professor Larry Curtis, Dr Glenn Price, Professor Jerry Junkin and Colonel Michael Coleburn (Director the USA Presidents Own Marine Band) Scott has held the position of Director of Bands and Orchestras at North Sydney Boys High School since October 2009 and has toured with the schools premier wind band to Hawaii in March 2011 to participate in Pacific Basin Music Festival.
The band was successful in achieving a silver award along with critical acclaim from the adjudicators. In 2012 the Symphonic Winds were awarded first place at the NSW Schools Band Festival. In 2012 Scott was awarded the prestigious Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association – most outstanding conductor award at the NSW Schools Band Festival. Scott has toured, performed, recorded and conducted ensembles throughout the USA, China, Japan, Singapore, Europe, New Zealand and Great Britain. In addition to conducting and providing workshops to various ensembles, Scott continues a successful performance career with the Australian Army Band, as well as freelance performances with various theatre orchestras and corporate bands. Scott has adjudicated the Newcastle Band Festival, Yamaha Music Festival, and NSW Bands Association State Solos in recent years.

Michael Jobson was awarded his Bachelor of Music with honors studying tuba under Steve Rosse. Since completing his studies, Michael has become a well-known conductor in the Newcastle region, conducting many school ensembles both at a primary and secondary level. He has been a conductor and tutor at many State Music Camps, as well as camps all over the state of New South Wales including the North West Band camp, Riverina Music Camp and the North Coast Music Camp.
Michael is currently Conductor and Band Director of ensembles at four Newcastle schools, as well as the Combined Schools Concert Band, The University of Newcastle Junior Concert Band, and the Hunter Central Coast Regional Wind Ensemble. His time with the Hunter Central Coast Wind Ensemble has seen him conduct many performances as well as concerts on their 2008 European tour, and their tour to Japan in 2010. He is currently completing a Masters of Teaching. Michael is looking forward to experiencing the high level performances and workshops American wind band programs offer, as well as the atmosphere and excitement of The Midwest Conference.

Stephen Williams has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. In addition to conducting most of the Orchestras for Symphony Services International he has conducted, recorded and toured with many of Australia’s finest Symphonic Bands and Jazz Ensembles. He has directed and performed with Australian groups at the North Sea, Montreux, Edinburgh and Monterey Jazz Festivals, has conducted concerts in Carnegie Hall and taken Australian orchestras, symphonic bands and jazz ensembles to conferences in the U.S.A, Japan, Europe, the U.K, Singapore and China.
In 1989 Stephen was awarded a conducting scholarship by Symphony Australia and for three years studied orchestral conducting under Werner Andreas Albert, during which time he conducted concerts and made recordings with many of the Symphony Australia Orchestras. In 1994 he was awarded the Harry Begian Conducting Scholarship, which enabled him to study advanced Symphonic Band conducting at the University of Illinois under Professor James Keene. In 1995 he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting and Research from the University of Queensland. Stephen is currently Chief Conductor Instrumental for The Arts Unit, a specialist unit in the N.S.W Department of Education & Communities, taking up this position at the beginning of 1999. He is the musical director for the NSW Schools Spectacular, the world’s biggest variety show and has been since 1991. He also is the founding Musical Director of the Northern Beaches Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to this Stephen had a full time position as conducting coordinator for the School of Instrumental Music in Perth. He was also a member of staff at the W.A Conservatorium of Music, Edith Cowan University, lecturing and conducting in the Classical, Jazz and Education departments. Between 1992 and 1995, Stephen was a full time member of staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, occupying the position of Director of the Wind Symphony as well as lecturing in Conducting, Instrumental Pedagogy and Jazz studies. Over the last ten years he has been a conductor in concerts and on many tours with Orchestra Victoria (one of two professional orchestras in Melbourne). He is the chief conductor for their innovative education program ‘On the mOVe’, a program which allows students in country regions to be tutored and mentored by Orchestra Victoria players in two-day workshops. For several years he was also engaged by Symphony Services International to present and conduct concerts for schools with the Sydney Sinfonia. Stephen also works as a freelance conductor and instrumental consultant and is frequently called upon to lecture, conduct clinics and adjudicate both in Australia and overseas.


December 11, 2012 – Knox Grammar School Bands Perform at the Liberty Theater in Paradise Village

Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble & Knox Big Band
Sydney, Australia
James Brice, Conductor

Tuesday December 11, 2012
Liberty Theater at Paradise Village
2700 East 4th Street
National City, CA 91950 (map)


Symphonic Wind Ensemble:

Goff Richards – Hollywood
Greg Butcher – Music for a Jubilant Occasion
Alfred Reed – Twelfth Night
Robert W. Smith – Rising Dragons
Frank Ticheli – Vesuvius
Satoshi Yagisawa – Marimba Concerto (Abridged) – Dylan Sherman, marimba
Artie Shaw – Concerto For Clarinet – Jeremy Kindl, clarinet
and much more, including selections from the Big Band!

The Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) is a premiere large ensemble of the Knox Grammar School, Sydney, Australia.  Comprising of 68 musicians the Knox SWE represents the talents, musicianship and dedication of Knox Grammar School’s extensive Knox Academy of Performing Arts (KAPA), Instrumental Music Programme.  Made up of experienced wind, brass and percussion instrumentalists from Year 7-12, the Knox SWE is indeed proud to have been awarded the 2011 Australian National and the 2011 & 2012 NSW State Junior A Grade Champion Concert Band, following years of championship success.

Dedicated to providing ‘outstanding grounding in the performance wind orchestra repertoire’ the Knox SWE’s diverse repertoire selection includes Original Symphonic Band Major Works, Orchestral Classics, Sacred Music, Film Scores, contemporary and popular literature.
The Knox SWE performs at all important Knox Grammar School functions and incursions, feature concerts, leading Australian National Eisteddfods and tours, such as their upcoming 2012 USA Tour to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, following the ensembles’ ‘2011 Australian National Adelaide ANZAC Tour’ in April 2011.

During 2008 the Knox SWE together with the Knox Symphony Orchestra (KSO) released a professional CD recording titled ‘Live at the Verbrugghen’, recorded in the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  In addition to this, SWE released yet another CD prior to their recent 2011 Australian National Championship tour as Australia’s champion Junior A Grade Band. Together with their most recent recording (released in May 2012), these three CD’s features many major works and lighter selections.

Developing, fostering and nurturing the talents of our younger Knox musicians within the Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble, through quality musicianship and educated mentoring are the essential ingredients of the SWE’s success.

After commencing his musical studies on euphonium at the age of 11, James Brice graduated from the University of Melbourne, where he completed a Bachelor of Music Education. Majoring in Music Education, Instrumental Performance and Drama, James was fortunate to study ‘Conducting and Ensemble Direction’ with Lt. Colonel Barry Bignell.

After recording and producing his solo euphonium CD ‘Symphonic Variants for Euphonium’ in 1995, James moved to Sydney in 1996, to accept the Principal Euphonium/Trombone position with the R.A.A.F Air Command Band (1996-2007). Throughout his celebrated 11 year career, James performed extensively throughout Australia and overseas, with numerous Symphonic Wind Band/ Big Band/ Parade Band/ Brass Quintet/ Tuba Quartet and Solo Recital concerts, with highlights being ‘Tour De Force Concerts’ in Dili-Timor (2000), Sydney Olympics Closing Ceremony (2000), Gallipoli ANZAC Commemoration Services (2002) and two ‘Live to Air Broadcasts’ on ABC ‘Sunday Live’ (2003-2005).

With 20 years professional teaching, performing and conducting experience, James is a highly sought after conductor, educator and adjudicator, throughout Australia, who has been invited to adjudicate many State and National Eisteddfod’s throughout Australia in recent years.

James has recorded, conducted and produced several CD recordings of note, ‘ABC Live’ recordings, solo recitals for 2MBS FM, a solo euphonium CD ‘Symphonic Variants for Euphonium’ in 1995, Australian and International web based recordings for Manhattan Beach Music & Reed Music, four Knox Grammar School CD recordings featuring the Knox Symphony Orchestra & Symphonic Wind Ensemble, four Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra (YWO) specialist recordings, and the 2008 international release of ‘Wild Nights’ featuring the North West Wind Ensemble (NWWE), generously assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

James has been privileged to work with many Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students throughout Australia and overseas prior and during his appointment as Director of Instrumental Performance at Knox Grammar School in 2008.  James is the ‘Conductor in Residence’ of the Orchestral and Wind Band Program, and is the Musical Director of the Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) and Knox Symphony Orchestra (KSO), both premiere ensembles at Knox and within Australia.

In addition to these achievements and appointments, James is also the Musical Director of the Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra (YWO), the North West Wind Ensemble (NWWE) and Friday Night ‘Live’ Big Band, having accepted this position in 2005.

As Musical Director of these fine ensembles, James has led the Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE), Knox Concert Band and Knox Yr. 7 Wind Band, YWO and NWWE,  to a staggering 31 NSW State and Australian National Championship title performances since 2005.

This year, James was appointed the Musical Director of the 2012 NSW Band Association State Youth Concert Band, having just returned from the bands’ NSW Regional Tour.  Fostering sound community values, together with exceptional musical experiences was paramount to the resounding success of this recent initiative.

James is delighted to bring the Knox Grammar School Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) to the International arena on this 2012 USA Tour to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego.