The Clarence City Band has two Music Directors, a Music Director for the Performance ensembles, and a Music Director for the Development Program. The Music Directors are supported by a number of ensemble leaders.
Music Director – Performance
Music Director – Development
Conductor – Symphonic Band, Crosswinds, Flute Choir
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.