Advisory Board

The following people are members of the NSW School Band Festival Advisory Board.

All members of the 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 Festival Board of Directors in their capacity as professional music educators. They are also available to provide advice to Musical Directors who require assistance with their Festival entry or their school band program.

The SBF Advisory Board members and contact details to are:


Mark Brown



Mark is a professional musician who has been involved in  music education for over twenty years. Mark has adjudicated at the SBF many times and is happy to advise you about repetoire selection and all other aspects of your band porgram.


Garry Clark


Please email for Garry's details


Garry Clark is a highly respected name in music education, playing a central role in the development of musical talent in the Western Sydney region. He is a conductor, teacher, performer, administrator and has developed and perfected a highly successful public school music program. His main focus is currently three Primary School Band Programs at Crestwood P.S., Matthew Pearce P.S., and Kings Langley P.S. He also conducts for the Hills Music Academy and the Blue Mountains Concert Band.


At the 2010, 49th NSW Annual School Band Festival Garry was awarded the ABODA Conductor’s Award for the musical director who prepared and presented the most challenging, professional and entertaining program in the Alex Lithgow event.


Garry is a regular contributor to the advisory boards for some of Sydney’s most prestigious music festivals and eisteddfods, and he is a committed member of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association (ABODA). He performs as a saxophone player with the Sydney Wind Symphony and is regularly invited to perform for other groups in the Sydney region.


Garry has been involved with the NSW School Band Festival for many years, and is happy to assist with any aspect of the Primary School sections of the Festival.


Deb Dietz

Phone: 02 9489 6940




Recently retired from Hornsby Girls HS, Deb is a highly experienced Musical Director who has been associated with the SBF for over 20 years. She holds BS (Hon) and MS (Hon) in Conducting and Instrumental Music Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA. Deb is willing to help with programming for high school concert bands of any grade; how to reassign parts if missing an instrument; suggested seating arrangements; any other question that might arise.


Deb has also been an adjudicator for the SBF and many other events and is happy to speak with MDs about the sorts of things adjudicators will be looking for in their performance.


Luke Gilmour

Mobile: 0425 238 045



Dr Luke Gilmour has 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.  As a graduate of  Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program, he has worked with the Adelaide Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Melbourne Symphony and the Sydney Sinfonia.


Luke has developed a reputation for building strong and vibrant instrumental programs through previous engagement as Director of Bands at Newington College,  Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and the DEC Arts Unit.  He has worked in the tertiary sector as Associate Conductor of the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony and Guest Conductor of the Conservatorium Orchestra and Modern Music Ensemble. In addition, Luke has been engaged as a guest lecturer in Ensemble Pedagogy and Composition.  As a conference presenter, Luke has been invited to present at ASME's bi-annual conference as well as the Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference.



Steven Hillinger

Mobile: 0412 656 843



Steven is conducting the Ascham School Symphony Orchestra, North Sydney Girls High School Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Concert Band, University of NSW Wind Band and the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra as well as a large amount of guest conducting.


Steven has been conducting at the School Band Festival since 2003 and is happy to assist with advice on secondary school bands, assistance with programs and choice of music.


Bec Morris



Rebeccah is a committed, dynamic, and passionate Music Professional and Teacher, with over 15 years’ experience directing and conducting a wide variety of highly successful and competitive music ensembles across all musical styles. She is currently employed as ‘Director of Instrumental Music’ at Knox Grammar School and also works closely with a number of Upper North Shore Co-Educational Public Schools and Community Bands.


Rebeccah is a highly skilled and experienced Director, Band Conductor and Teacher of all musical styles – Concert Bands Jazz/Stage Bands, Performance and Training Bands, rock / pop, Marching Bands, Percussion Ensembles, Guitar Ensembles, Orchestras and small Chamber Ensembles. 


John Morrison




John is one of Australia's most well known Big Band leaders and has been heavily involved with the SBF as an adjudicator, clinician, Advisory Board member and Artistic Director of the Frank Coughaln Premier Big Band Event for many years.


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 both big bands and concert bands.


Tim Rowland



Still awaiting bio details for Tim


Gerald Steinmann



Gerald has been involved in music education in Australia for over 25 years. With a background as a military musician he has worked alongside many of SBFs event names including Joe Cook and Ed Wilson and has twice been a delegate at the International Association for Jazz Education’s Annual Conferences in New York. Gerald has previously adjudicated the Big Band sections at the SBF and was the percussion clinician for the 2011 and 2013 SBF Education Conferences held in Sydney.


Gerald has founded band programs and ensembles at a multitude of schools and currently directs 11 ensembles across 7 primary, secondary and community groups whilst being engaged as a performer, composer, arranger, educator, advisor, adjudicator and event consultant.


Gerald is happy to assist MDs with both their big band and concert band programs as well as with specialist percussion advice.


Paul Vickers



Paul has been involved with the NSW School Band Festival for over 15years. He has directed both wind ensembles and jazz groups from the public and independent sectors across primary and high school events. More recently Paul has become a regular adjudicator for The Festival, adding to his portfolio of adjudication experience in Australia and overseas.


Paul is currently the Director of Music at The Scots College and is regularly engaged as guest conductor and clinician for school, university and community ensembles. He particularly enjoys his work giving conducting and instrumental pedagogy lessons, and is happy to be consulted on any aspect of your music performance program.