All members of the SBF Advisory Board have a long standing involvement with the School Band Festival, many as adjudicators, and are well regarded in the music education community of Sydney.
The purpose of the Advisory Board is to assist the SBF Board of Directors in their capacity as professional music educators. They are also available to provide advice to Music Directors who require assistance with their Festival entry or their school band program.
Mark is a professional musician who has been involved in music education for over twenty years, currently at Manly Selective High School and SCEGGS Darlinghurst. Mark has adjudicated at the SBF many times and can advise you about repertoire selection and all other aspects of your band program.
Garry is a highly-respected name in music education, playing a central role in the development of musical talent in the Western Sydney region. Garry has previously adjudicated at the Festival and is happy to assist you with any aspect of the Primary School sections of the Festival.
Deb is a highly experienced Music Director who has been associated with the SBF for over 20 years. Deb has previously adjudicated at the Festival and is willing to assist you with repertoire selection, re-scoring parts and advice on what adjudicators might be looking for in a performance.
Dr Luke Gilmour
Luke completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is the current Director of Music at Cranbrook School in Sydney’s east. He is the former President of ABODA NSW and is happy to advise you about any aspect or your Festival entry or band program.
Steven is heavily involved in school and community band and orchestras including North Sydney Girls High School and the University of NSW. Steven has been conducting at the School Band Festival since 2003 and is happy to assist with any advice for secondary school band programs.
Jason is currently Director of Bands at Ashbury Public School, Newtown HS of the Performing Arts, Willoughby Girls HS and Director of Jazz at St Andrew's College Sydney University. Jason his happy to advise you on aspect aspect of your primary or secondary school band program.
Rebeccah is a committed, dynamic, and passionate music professional and teacher, currently Director of Instrumental Music at Knox Grammar School. Bec is happy to assist you with advice on a range of music styles including percussion ensembles, big bands, concert bands and orchestras.
John is one of Australia’s most well-known Big Band leaders and is Artistic Director of the NSW SBF Frank Coughlan Premier Big Band Event. John is happy to advise you on all aspects of your big band program as well as being able to provide specialist percussion advice for concert and big bands.
Tim is a highly respected music educator who has been presenting bands at the NSW School Band Festival for a number of years. Tim is happy to assist primary school concert and big bands with advice regarding, repertoire selection, your Festival entry and any other aspect of your band program.
Gerald has been involved in music education in Australia for over 25 years and is the SBF Specialist Percussion Advisor. Gerald is a former military musician and is happy to assist with repertoire selection, arranging charts, big band and concert band programs as well as specialist percussion advice.
Paul is a highly regarded music educator and is currently the Director of Music at The Scots College. Paul has previously adjudicated for the Festival as well as conducting clinics for visiting bands. He is happy to be consulted repertoire selection or any aspect of your music performance program.