Music Directors

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.

Lance Cowled
Acting Music Director – Performance

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.

Michael Young
Acting Music Director – Development

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.