Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

Jacob Guilbeau Debuts as Assistant Conductor of Ohlone Community Band

Male and female students playing band instruments.The Ohlone Community Band. —Photo courtesy of Ohlone College.

Fremont, CA—The Ohlone Community Band presents their first concert of the fall with the conducting debut of assistant conductor Jacob Guilbeau. The concert honors the 100th anniversary of Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in Eb”, and features a variety of classical and contemporary pieces.

At the age of 11, with the encouragement of his middle school band director, Diane Robin, Jacob Guilbeau began his euphonium studies in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jacob and his family moved to San Ramon, California when he was 14. Although initially a Computer Science major, Jacob decided to make music his focus and enrolled in the music performance program at CSU East Bay, where he graduates this fall. It was at CSUEB that he began studying under Tony Clements in euphonium performance. Jacob joined the Ohlone Community Band in 2006 playing the euphonium and this year debuts as assistant conductor. For the fall concert, Guilbeau will conduct Toccata Marziale by R. Vaughan Williams.

The Ohlone Community Band. —Photo courtesy of Ohlone College.

The concert repertoire also includes Kenneth Alford’s Army of the Nile, Verdi’s overture to La Forza del Destino, Bruce Broughton’s Silverado, The Hobbits movement from The Lord of the Rings Symphony by de Meij and many others. For the complete repertoire visit

The Community Band was founded in 1977 as part of the Ohlone College Department of Music and blends both youthful and experienced performers. The Community Band has grown under the baton of past conductors Phil Zahorsky, Rich Levin and Steve Barnhill. Since fall 2007 the Band has been under the direction of Tony Clements.


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