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 HSJB – 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 love 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.
Percussion Tutor – Katie Thomas
Katie Thomas is a Melbourne-based percussionist, drummer and teacher. After finishing her Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Australia in 2015, she has gone on to tour and perform internationally and nationally with many WA and Victorian orchestras. In 2016 Katie toured with the Australian Youth Orchestra around Netherlands, Germany and China with French pianist Hélène Grimaud, finishing the Australian leg of the tour in the Sydney Opera House. Also in 2016, she toured as Principal Percussionist of the West Australian Youth Orchestra to Singapore and Japan.
Katie teaches privately and at schools, and has recently completed her postgraduate studies in Education from the University of Melbourne. Katie is also the Director for the Footscray-Yarraville City Percussion Academy. Katie is available for both private tuition as well as through the Academy and can be contacted on email@example.com
Brass Tutor – Louisa Trewartha
Louisa Trewartha is a Melbourne based musician. She completed a Bachelor of Music at The University of Melbourne in 2010, and in 2013 studied at the Australian National Academy of Music, mentored by trumpet pedagogues David Elton and Tristram Williams. Having recently completed a Masters in Scoring for Film and Visual Media at Pulse College in Dublin, she now splits her time as a trumpet player, teacher, and composer.
As a trumpet player Louisa has performed with MSO, OV, MCO, and in mid 2017 played in the Melbourne season of My Fair Lady. Louisa particularly enjoys playing flugelhorn, baroque, and piccolo trumpet. As an educator Louisa has tutored for Orchestra Victoria’s mOVe program, the AYO Young Symphonists program, MYO Summer School and has taught at schools including Camberwell Grammar School, Scotch College, and Melbourne Girls Grammar School. More info: www.louisatrewartha.com.au