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.

Dr Peter Ratnik
Music Director – Performance
Conductor – Concert Band


Dr Peter Ratnik

Dr Peter Ratnik is an internationally recognised conductor, composer, and adjudicator. Born in Australia and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Edinburgh (UK), Dr Ratnik has over thirty-five years musical experience acquired over three continents to share with fellow educators and musicians.

Dr Ratnik studied conducting with Squadron Leader R.A.Y. Mitchell and Pierre Boulez, and was a finalist in the European Conductors’ Competition. Dr Ratnik has been a Director of Music at Regional Conservatoriums (Aust), S. Anselm’s School (England), St Leonard’s School (Scotland), visiting Director of Music for the Aspen School District (USA), and Head of Department & Music Co-ordinator in Victorian & NSW State secondary & primary educational institutions.

Dr Ratnik has published over 340 compositions and arrangements in the USA, Europe, UK and Australia by publishers Ratmuse (Aust/USA), Ratnik Music Press (Aust, UK), Obrasso (Switzerland) and Difem (Switzerland). These include commissions for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Melbourne and Albury 150th Celebrations, Education Victoria Northern Region ‘Spotlight on Youth Arts’, Brisbane Symphonic Band, Geelong Concert Band, BrassAid UK Premiered by David Childs and the Scottish Co-Op Band, the London Ensemble, Edinburgh String Quartet as well as works for junior, middle and senior school bands in the USA, Australia, and UK.

Many of Dr Ratnik’s works are recorded by bands such as Black Dyke, Whitburn Brass Band (Scotland), 13 Etoiles (Switzerland), and Military bands Musique Principale de l’Armee de Terre, Musique Principale de Marine, and Musique de la Gendarmerie (France).

Dr Ratnik has conducted the following bands as a resident, professional, or guest conductor:

  • Westgate Concert Band, Brisbane Symphonic Band, Albury City Band, Melbourne 150th Youth Symphonic Band, Geelong Concert Band, Gold Coast City Wind Orchestra, Monash University Symphonic Band, Greater Bendigo Concert Brass, Morwell Citizens Band, Albany City Band, Kyneton Municipal Band, Frankston City Band, Geelong Municipal Band, Corowa Brass Band, Gippsland Band Group (Australia)
  • St Andrews University Wind Band, Whitburn Brass, Tayport Instrumental Band, Stannington Brass Band, Kingdom Brass, Tullis Russell Mill Band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Scottish Co-Op, Band, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Bd, Bon Accord Silver Band, The Band of the King’s Division, the Royal Highlands Band (UK)
  • Lawrence University Symphonic Band (USA)

As a professional musician, Dr Ratnik has performed with State Orchestra of Victoria, Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Australian Pops Orchestra, Australian Show Band, Channel 9 Show Band, Australian & UK Brass Bands, Australian Army Band Melbourne, The Royal Artillery Band, Irish Guards (UK) and jazz bands which has included performers such as Kenny Ball, Kate Ceberano, Rolf Harris, Don Burrows, John Sangester, Judith Durham, James Morrison, Riki May, Johnny Hawker, Graham Bell, Adrian Rawlins, and Julian Wilson.

Michael Young
Music Director – Development
Conductor – Transition Band, Crosswinds, Level 3


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.