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 – 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.
Musical Director HSJB – Andrew Wilson
Having been handed a cornet at the age of 7 from the Mt Gambier Salvation Army, brass banding has always been a major part of Andrew’s life.
In 1998 Andrew joined the Mt Gambier City Band where he was principal cornet until moving to Melbourne in 2004, where he joined Sunshine Community Brass on cornet before moving to Soprano.
Andrew has been involved with the Wimmera Band’s Group Music School as a student and on staff for the last 15 years. It is at this camp that Andrew discovered his passion for conducting and has been able to learn different techniques from a number of his peers.
Andrew is looking forward to the challenge of working with the Hyde Street Junior Band and providing encouragement to developing players.
Musical Director HSTB – Caitlin Taylor
Caitlin studied music at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2018 Caitlin toured Europe and the UK as Associate Principal Cornet for the award winning production “The Silent Anzac”. She currently calls the Glenferrie Band home but is in heavy demand as a solo cornet player and is frequently called upon by other bands as a guest artist. Caitlin teaches music at a number of schools in the Western suburbs of Melbourne.
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