Ensemble leaders

Position vacant: we’re accepting expressions of interest for new conductors for either full time, co-conducting, or assistant conducting positions. If you’re interested, please contact us telling us a bit about yourself. We will contact you to discuss further.

Lance Cowled
Conductor – Horn Choir, Symphonic Band

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

Lance Cowled

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.

Tom Goninon
Conductor – Level 2 Band

Tom Goninon

My passion for community music making commenced in the late 1970’s when I learnt to play a trumpet with my then, very young son. This lead to involvement in playing in Hobart Concert Brass and Devonport Brass Bands.

In 1983 I was involved in establishing the Kentish Community Band and its associated instrumental programme and then in 1987, the King Island Concert Band became another on my initiatives.

1990 saw me take up the role of Musical Director of the Wynyard Municipal Band, a position which I held for 8 years. During my time at Wynyard, I established a development program similar to the one now operating at Clarence. Of particular delight during my time at Wynyard was being recognized, by the community, for my work with the Band through being awarded on Australia Day 2002, the Wynyard/Waratah Citizen of the Year.

A move to Hobart, post-retirement from the position of Principal of Burnie High School saw me join the Clarence City Band in 2003 taking up the position of Musical Director in 2004 and during the same year commencing the Clarence City Band Development program with which I remained as co-ordinator/Director until 2017.

Helping people of all ages make music is what motivates me. It is such a delight to see beginner instrumentalists make progress and come to love making music.

Andrea McKibben
Conductor – Beginner Band, Symphonic Band

Andrea McKibben

My professional life is as a Registered Nurse, specialising in community care and dementia.

I played the piano from a young age and then learned viola in high school under Leonie Conolan, including touring with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, later singing in vocal groups in Melbourne and Canberra. Returning to Tasmania I joined the Clarence City Band (CCB) in 2012 with my daughter, where I completed the development program with the French Horn which I still play in the Symphonic band.

I participated in the development program again from 2015 with my son, where I played percussion and commenced my CCB conductor training in 2016 with the Level 2 band under Rod Woodward.

I have received support in my journey as a conductor from all the CCB conductors and music directors as well as visiting specialists and have also completed the ABODA summer conducting school with senior clinicians Jo Heaton and Rob McWilliams.

Participating in the harmonies and rhythms of concert band music brings me great joy and I look forward to sharing that experience with the 2023 Beginner Band.