Ensemble leaders

Lance Cowled
Conductor – Level 2 (Blue Band), Level 3 (Intermediate 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 – Beginner Band (Red 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.

Jesse Bowden
Leader – Big Band

Email: jessebowden111@yahoo.com.au

Jesse Bowden

Jesse Bowden studied a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary saxophone under Alastair Dobson and Danny Healy at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 2017. His love for big band music first started attending the Elizabeth College stage band summer school. This led to him playing in Elizabeth College’s stage band, The Conservatorium big band, The Matt Ives’ big band and, more recently, The McEntee Ottaway Big Band. He is inspired by the works of people such as Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich and Duke Ellington.

Jesse currently works part-time as a disability support worker whilst also regularly gigging around the City of Hobart.

Jesse’s vision is to make others as excited about big band music as it makes him.

Alex Millward
Leader – Jazz Development Ensemble

Email: am97@utas.edu.au

Alex Millward

Alex Millward is an Australian contemporary and jazz piano player, arranger and session musician. He is studying his Bachelor of Music at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and is planning to complete his Master’s in Teaching afterwards.

Alex began as a classical piano player at the age of 7 under Launceston based piano teacher, Samuel Braune. He has performed in many competitions around Australia, including The St Cecilla School of Music Performance Challenge and the Hal Leonard Composition Competition.

Alex found his love for Jazz during his time studying at Launceston College and has since developed his craft playing at small local venues to large jazz festivals all over the state.