Ensemble leaders

Matt Rushworth
Leader – Clarence City Big Band

Mobile: 0417 533 460
Email: bigbandccb@gmail.com

An engineer by trade, Matt has been playing bass (electric bass and double bass) for nearly 30 years. He is an active musician in the Tasmanian community accumulating many years of ensemble experience in concert bands, orchestras and as a freelance bass player for theatre productions and various other ‘pop up’ ensembles.

As well as leading the Clarence City Big Band, he currently plays string bass in the Hobart Wind Symphony as well as maintaining his love of big band music as the resident bass player with the Matt Ives Big Band.

Michael Young
Leader – Crosswinds, Clarence Brass Band, Level 2 Band

Email: michael.allan.young@gmail.com

Michael Young is a composer, conductor, and musician. Michael graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in composition. His works for band have recently been performed by Hobart Wind Symphony and South Brisbane Federal Band. Michael also studied conducting at Stephen F Austin State University (Texas), under the guidance of Fred J Allen. Michael has previously been involved as co-artistic director of Note-Aurius (a new music ensemble).

Michael also holds a Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts (UTAS), and currently works as a classroom music teacher, instrumental co-ordinator, and choir director at Eastside Lutheran College. He is actively involved in the state community band movement, and is currently the Vice President of the Tasmanian Bands League.

Lance Cowled
Assistant Conductor – Concert Band, Beginner Band

Email: lance.cowled@hotmail.com
Mobile: 0447 175 686

Lance Cowled commenced his love affair with the french horn in 1973, studying with Jack Raines and then with Clarence Mellor. After many years of orchestral playing with ensembles such as the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra, the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and many other orchestras in the cities of Sydney, Penang, and Melbourne, he joined the Derwent Symphony Orchestra in 1992. He commenced as Musical Director of Hobart Gang Show in 1999, a position he has held since then.

He attended Symphony Australia conducting courses under Brett Kelly and then a number of courses with ABODA, the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association. Training with ABODA, combined with the work on Hobart Gang Show, led to an interest in concert bands and he has played with both Clarence and Derwent Valley concert bands in recent years, conducting the Clarence City Concert Band on a number of occasions.

Lance is a retired meteorologist and he enjoys arranging music for various ensembles.