Mr James Brice
B. Ed (Music), L. Mus A, A. Mus A.
With 28 years professional conducting, teaching, performing and adjudicating experience, James has is currently employed at the Knox Grammar School as the Head of Performing Arts, leading a team of 40 dynamic and highly experienced Australian educators and tutors across 73 weekly rehearsals, involving 900+ boys.
After his exceptionally successful 11-year performance career as the Principal Euphonium/ Trombone and Tubist with the R.A.A.F. Air Command Band- Sydney (1996-2007), James was appointed Musical Director of the Castle Hill RSL North West Wind Ensemble and Youth Wind Orchestra, in 2005. Since this time, James has led these ensembles, together with his Knox Grammar School Ensembles to extraordinary unparalleled success, with 51 NSW State and Australian National Championship title performances since 2005, together with 34 Award placements in the annual Sydney Eisteddfod featuring Bands, Orchestras, Stage Bands and associated ensembles.
James has recorded, performed, conducted and produced several CD & DVD recordings of note, inclusive of his solo CD, ‘Symphonic Variants for Euphonium’ in 1995, three ‘ABC Live’ recordings with the RAAF Air Command Band - Sydney, solo and chamber music recitals for 2MBS FM, recordings for Manhattan Beach Music and Reed Music, several online ‘live streamed’ performances, twelve recordings featuring the Knox Grammar School extensive Band, Orchestral, Jazz Band, Choral and Musical Theatre program, the 2008 professional international release of ‘Wild Nights’ featuring the North West Wind Ensemble (NWWE), generously assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, together with this most recent professional international release ‘No Strings Attached!’ with the North West Wind Ensemble.
James previously served on the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA-NSW) Committee (2014-2017), as Chair the Professional Development Sub-committee. He has written pedagogical feature articles on Adjudication, Recruitment and Retention, Australian Repertoire, and in recent years has prepared and presented ‘The Good Music Guide – Composers in the Spotlight – Parts 1 & 2’, providing an invaluable interactive Professional Development online resource for Wind Band conductors.
Abroad, James has showcased his ensembles on five separate international performance tours, including a European Tour to Salzburg, Vienna, Hodonin and the Czech Republic (2009), two USA Tours to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego (2010 & 2012), China Tour with performances of ‘original orchestral literature’ in many of China’s most prestigious Concert Halls and Universities in Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Hong Kong (2015), toured the North and South Islands of New Zealand in December 2016, and is currently in the final stages of preparation for another tour to Spain and Portugal in December 2018.
James was also appointed Musical Director of the NSW State Youth Concert Band in 2012, and has been a seasonal guest conductor with the Monash University Wind Symphony for the past six years (2012-2017).