Home' Advance In Review : Advance in Review December 2014 Contents ANDREW: James, tell us a bit about what
you are doing now?
JAMES: Since leaving the RAAF Air
Command Band in January 2007, I have
been privileged to work with many Primary,
Secondary and Tertiary students throughout
Australia and overseas prior and during
my appointment as the Head of the Knox
Academy of Performing Arts at the Knox
Grammar School. At Knox, I am fortunate
to lead a team of 10 specialist salaried staff,
28 peripatetic tutors and in excess of 650+
students, participating within 27 weekly
rehearsals, as the ‘Conductor in Residence’
of the orchestral and wind band program.
I am the Musical Director of the Knox
Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE), Knox Big
Band and Stage Band, the Yr. 7 Wind Band,
Knox Brass Ensemble, the annual Musical
Orchestra and Knox Symphony Orchestra
(KSO), all premiere ensembles at Knox and
Further to this, I am the Musical Director
of the ‘nationally acclaimed, award winning
Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra
(YWO), the North West Wind Ensemble
(NWWE) and Friday Night ‘Live’ Big Band,
having accepted this premiere community
appointment in 2005.
As Musical Director of the Knox Symphonic
Wind Ensemble (SWE), Knox Concert Band
and Knox Yr. 7 Wind Band, YWO and NWWE,
we have achieved exceptional success
having been awarded a staggering 39 NSW
State and Australian National Championship
performances titles since 2005.
Now with 20 years
I have been invited to
adjudicate many State
and National Eisteddfod’s
throughout Australia in
recent years together with
many a guest clinician
I am exceptionally
passionate for the
promotion of Australian
Music Education and am a
dedicated member of the
NSW Band Association
Music Advisory Board,
Sydney Eisteddfod Syllabus Committee
and the Australian Band and Orchestra
Directors Association (ABODA) committee,
having written several published articles
on repertoire choices, adjudication criteria,
and most recently a feature article for
this ABODA newsletter – ‘Share, Inspire,
Collaborate’ - Tips for Starting your
Beginner Band programme.
ANDREW: Can you describe how your time
as a member of the Air Command Band has
impacted upon your career?
JAMES: Without reservation enlisting in
the RAAF Air Command Band on the 23rd
January in 1996 was the most important
musical decision of my life, for which the
diversity of experiences has had a significant
impact on my ongoing professional and
Firstly, and most importantly, it was through
my time in the RAAF Air Command Band
that I met and married my beautiful wife,
Nicole at an Anzac Day parade in Sydney in
1996. Some may recall the benefits of the
Winter Ceremonial Uniform! The rest of
course is history.
Throughout my 11 years with the RAAF Air
Command Band I was fortunate to perform
throughout Australia and overseas, within
the Symphonic Wind Band, Big Band,
Parade Band, Brass Quintet/Tuba Quartet
and Chamber Recital concerts.
Under Musical Directors SQNLDR David
Worrall and SQNLDR John Buckley, I was
fortunate to perform as a featured soloist
in ‘Symphonic Variants for Euphonium’ by
James Curnow, and Monti’s ‘Czardas’, both
on Tour and for our Macquarie University
and UWS Concert Series with this world
class wind band.
Without reservation, I regularly call upon
the diversity of these experiences on a daily
basis to further the academic and cultural
enrichment of all students and colleagues
for whom I am working with.
ANDREW: Can you tell us some highlights
of your time in the Air Command Band?
JAMES: When asked of highlights, I
would have to mention the ‘Tour De Force
Concerts’ in Dili, East Timor in 2000, the
Sydney Olympics Closing Ceremony, 2000,
performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
II on the Opera House forecourt, the 2002
Gallipoli Anzac Commemoration Services as
the first ever RAAF performing ensemble,
two ‘Live to Air Broadcasts’ for the ABC
‘Sunday Live’ Concert series in 2003 and
2005, multiple Anzac Tattoos and designing
our feature marching display for the
Taranaki Searchlight Tattoo performance
in New Zealand.
These together with performances at
almost every Australian Jazz Festival
as a member of the amazing RAAF Air
Command Big Band, and finally being an
integral part of the highly successful St
Andrews Cathedral Concert Series for
which I proudly have some 50+ archival
recordings, which stir up many memories,
are significant highlights!
Sergeant Andrew Boyle
About Face - James Brice
James Brice and YWO at NSW State.
James Brice conducts NWWE.
James Brice with YWO.
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