After a public call for expressions of interest, audition and interview, we are proud to welcome John Davis as the Associate Conductor for 2018.
John Davis has been a music educator for 25 years, having recently served as a Teacher Peer Evaluator for the Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida and as Director of Instrumental Music at Riverview High School. His bands have twice been selected to perform at Bands of America Regional and National Concert Band Festivals, while three of his programs were selected as Music Demonstration Schools by the Florida Department of Education. In addition, his Flanagan HS program was named a Grammy Signature School and winner of the 2002 Grammy Award of Special Merit. He is also a past member and brass instructor for the DCI World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Wind Conducting from James Madison University. In 2017, he completed his Master of Education Management and Leadership degree at the University of Melbourne. Mr. Davis currently teaches at Sacred Heart Girls’ College and Blackburn High School.
Mr. Davis has served as an adjudicator for the Victorian Schools Music Festival, and has been in demand as a clinician for school bands in Victoria and New South Wales. He performs with D2 Drumline, conducts the Melbourne Tramways Band, and serves as Director of the marching band for Syrian refugee children through the Australian Syrian Charity.
Currently John is teaching in Florida, USA.
Shane Walterfang is a Melbourne born conductor, trumpeter, and teacher. He received his Master of Education from Deakin University, Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Arts from the Victorian College of Arts.
Shane has been involved with community concert bands and orchestras for 20 years with conducting credits in New Zealand, China and India. He is currently Associate Conductor of the Grainger Wind Symphony and Musical Director of the Chelsea Concert Band. Shane is also a past Musical Director of the Monash Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cranbourne Lions Concert Band. He has also been MD for several musical theatre productions including Anything Goes, Me and My Gal, Pippin and Annie. His conducting teachers have included Roland Yeung, Rob Wagner, Jerry Nowak and Felix Hauswirth.
As a trumpeter, Shane has played with 5 of Australia’s professional orchestras including 10 years with the Australian Pops Orchestra and was introduced to everything from Paul Whiteman to Frank Zappa while playing with the Anne and John Hawker Big Band.
Shane is a committed educator who aims to provide a range of engaging and stimulating experiences to encourage people to pursue music as a lifelong activity. He has held the positions of Head of Brass, Director of Music and VCE Coordinator. He is also a past Chair of the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) – Victorian Chapter.
Shane is currently the conductor of the Chelsea Concert Band.