Ensemble leaders

Michael Young
Conductor – Transition Band, Crosswinds, Brass Ensemble

Email: michael.allan.young@gmail.com

Michael Young
Michael Young

Michael Young is a composer, conductor, and musician. Michael studied composition at the University of Tasmania, under the guidance of Dr. Maria Grenfell. He also studied conducting under the guidance of Gary Wain (UTAS) and Fred J Allen (SFASU, Texas). His compositions have been performed by Hobart Wind Symphony, Derwent Valley Concert Band, South Brisbane Federal Band, and Crosswinds. He was also the co-artistic director of Note-Aurius, a new-music ensemble that promoted new works by UTAS composition students.

Michael has been involved in community bands in Tasmania for over a decade, which started with Hobart City Band in 2003, and is still actively involved with their brass band. Michael joined Clarence City Concert Band in 2005 to further explore woodwind performance opportunities. Since then, he has been actively involved in the band as a musician, conductor, and committee member. In 2017, Michael was awarded life membership for his services to the band.

Michael is actively involved competitive banding, both at state level and national level. Michael has participated in many solo and ensemble events and was awarded the Tasmanian (TBL) state woodwind champion in 2016 and the Victorian (VBL) state woodwind champion in 2018. He is also actively involved in the administrative side of competitive band, and is currently the Vice President (South) of the Tasmanian Bands League.

Michael is also a qualified teacher, graduating with a Bachelor of Teaching from the University of Tasmania. He currently works as a classroom music teacher at Eastside Lutheran College.

Tom Goninon
Conductor – Level 3 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 have 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.

Lance Cowled
Conductor – Concert Band, Beginner 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.

Jan Kuplis
Conductor – Level 2 Band

Email: ejkuplis@netspace.net.au

Jan Kuplis

I started playing piano at the age of 5 and performed miserably at all the eisteddfods and concerts until I was about 12, when, to the relief of my despairing music teacher, I switched to the popular stride piano with Don Denholm. I played recorder and violin at high school and was also appointed school pianist, but then took up classical guitar, clarinet and singing while embarking on a career in education.

Following graduation as a teacher in 1965, I was invited to return to do an intensive course in music teaching to fill the immediate need for this subject in the Education Department. Tutored by the luminary Don Kay, with input from some of the established school music teachers of the period, I taught music in Hobart schools over the next 18 years.

During the seventies, I played piano and organ for a community theatre troupe and began taking private music pupils. There followed some years playing drums – as a counterbalance for the intensive TV and radio work I was doing at the time – and in 1987 I wrote a musical (pantomime) which premiered at the Playhouse.

Most recently, I wrote two books on Tasmanian jazz and was inspired to take up tenor saxophone and cornet. Needing a band to play with, I joined the Clarence City Band and now enjoy playing the French and tenor horns.

I love to see new band members gain control of their instruments and achieve satisfaction from playing together in a band setting.

Andrea van Lit
Leader – Big Band

Email: kitt5.vanlit@gmail.com

Andrea van Lit

Andrea van Lit studied saxophone under Roger Garrood and the late Jimmy Cook at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After completing an Associate Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music, she dabbled in classical music, obtaining flute lessons from Rob Hyner, and taking clarinet lessons from the indomitable Neil Boon, achieving her AMusA (clarinet).

While teaching flute, clarinet, and saxophone, she also played with some of the premiere big bands around Perth, including The Oz Big Band.

Her love of big bands continued after moving to Tasmania, where she started and led the Wynyard Big Band.

Currently working part-time as a Finance Officer and studying accounting, she spends her free time reading speculative fiction (even penning the occasional story or two), and indulging her love of baking and chocolate.