Our band is administered by a voluntary body consisting mainly of parents of playing members. All Committee positions, including those of President, Vice President, Secretary, Wardrobe Manager and Treasurer, are elected annually at the band’s A.G.M.
Being an office bearer for the HSYB is not an overly onerous task. The philosophy of many hands make light work applies and historically many parents of band members have recognised that being involved with the band is a positive and rewarding experience.
Musical Director HSYB – Jee Kromhof
Jee was born in the Netherlands and started playing brass instruments at the age of 8. Although trumpet is his prime instrument, he also plays Flugelhorn, Soprano Cornet and French Horn. His resume includes his Directorship of Youth Orchestras, membership of the Ballarat Memorial Concert Band and Hawthorn Brass Band.
In the Netherlands Jee was a fire fighter and developed leadership skills in this occupation which, like brass banding, relies heavily on teamwork and supporting individuals. He is highly motivated and enthusiastic musical director. He has a passion for music and not only conducts but also arranges music to suite the level of players, raising the bar as players improve.
Musical Director HS Training Band – Phillipa Edwards
Phillipa studied a Bachelors of Music at the University of Melbourne before going on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Education through the University of New England. She is a past Director of Melbourne Youth Music and is the current Musical Director of the A Grade Footscray Yarraville City Band. Under her direction, the band has won numerous State Titles and in 2016 came third in the National Championships in Gawler SA.
Phillipa has a lover for brass music and sees the import roll played by the Hyde Street Youth Band in developing musicians of the future. As an experienced educator, Phillipa has taken on the role of getting our youngest members started on the musical futures.
Resident Brass Tutor – Erin Ellenburg
Erin Ellenburg is a native of North Carolina, which is in the southeastern United States, and has been living in Australia since early 2014. She is a member of Footscray-Yarraville City Band, and is the musical director of Western Brass. Erin is passionate about the role of banding in music education, and teaches brass lessons and banding at several schools around Melbourne.
Erin also has a private lesson studio. Erin holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Trumpet Performance degrees, both from Appalachian State University, and recently received her Master of Performance Teaching degree from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne.
Erin is currently accepting new private lesson students. $50/hr (as at August 2015), shorter lesson times available. Contact at email@example.com.