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
Conductor – Concert Band
David Hardstaff started his musical career at Latrobe High school where after playing a variety of instruments he started playing cornet. He then joined the Latrobe band in 1974. After playing cornet and tenor horn, David settled on euphonium. He successfully auditioned for the Royal Australian Navy Band as a junior musician in 1976 and was trained on French horn and parade side drum. He later transferred to euphonium with trombone as a secondary instrument. He served at shore based bands in Sydney and Melbourne and also on sea postings to the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, Destroyer tender HMAS Stalwart and Training Ship HMAS Jervis Bay. He attended advanced musician training at the Defence Force School of Music and was posted there as an instructor in 1994.
David left full time service as a Petty Officer in 1997 and commenced reserve service with the Tasmanian Naval Reserve Band. In 2007 he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer (assistant bandmaster) and resumed two years full time service. In 2010, he was posted to Adelaide to take over the RAN Band SA Detachment for a three month period upon return David discharged from the RAN.
David has performed at many prestigious events around the world, mainly in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. He has performed on many recordings and on television in Australia, and also has a Diploma in Audio Engineering from the SAE Sydney.
Since leaving full time service, he has performed with many local bands including Musicians Union Big Band, DSO, Derwent Valley Band, Clarence Community Band, and both Glenorchy Brass Bands. He has also assisted with bands from the north of the state when required.
David was previously the Musical Director of the Clarence City Concert Band and received a life membership for his efforts during this period. David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position and is passionate about providing an environment where all levels of musician can enjoy playing.
David also is passionate about community engagement and increasing the profile of the band in general.
Music Director – Development
Conductor – Transition 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.