Directors

Senior Band

Mr. John White

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John White is an Honours graduate of the University of Calgary (Bachelor of Music). He received his Master of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. His teaching experience includes positions as instructor of strings and woodwinds at the Calgary Conservatory of Music, music teacher at F.H. Collins Secondary School in Whitehorse, Yukon, and roles as an itinerant band teacher and District Resource Teacher in the Langley School District. He also worked as Instrumental Consultant for Northwest Musical Services (Vancouver) before he assumed a position in the Kamloops School District as District Fine Arts Coordinator. The position was followed by time in Coquitlam School District as Program Coordinator for Visual and Performing Arts.  Mr. White recently retired after twenty-one years as a Director of Instruction for School District 41 Burnaby – a schools system with approximately 24,000 students.

During the first period of time that Mr. White spent in the Lower Mainland, he was Music Director for the New Westminster and District Concert Band, an ensemble he now directs once again. He has also conducted a number of other community groups including the Kamloops Choristers. Mr. White has served as a Director of the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association Provincial Honour Band, the Saskatchewan Provincial Honour Band and has many years experience as a performing musician.

A Past-President of the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association, the British Columbia Choral Federation, the British Columbia Administrators of Arts Education, the Pacific Coast Music Festivals Association, and Art Starts in Schools, John White is also a Past Chairman of MusicFest Canada: Canadian Concert Band Festival. He served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, the Western Canada Theatre Company and the British Columbia Festival of the Arts.

John White has been recognized as an Honourary Life Member by the BC Music Educators’ Association and as a member of the Willan Council by the BC Choral Federation. He has served extensively as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor throughout British Columbia, the Yukon Territory, Alberta , Saskatchewan and Ontario. He has also served as a judge for Canada’s Juno Awards on numerous occasions.

Intermediate Band

Mr. Kevin White

Kevin White is a music educator in School District 41 Burnaby. He currently teaches classes in music including choir, guitar, band, jazz band and jazz choir from grades 8-12 at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary Wind Conducting graduate and has had opportunity to work with many wind conductors such as Glenn Price, Mallory Thompson, Paula Holcomb, Eugene Corporon and others. He has directed the Intermediate level Concert Band for the last 5 seasons. The Intermediate Concert Band performs music from the grade 2-3.5 level in a wide variety of styles. He is looking forward to directing the new Junior ensemble for the 2008-2009 season. Kevin is also a member of the Senior ensemble playing trombone.

Jazz Band

Mr. Brent Taylor