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Community Band Ensembles
The Ohlone Bands were founded in 1977 as part of the (new) Ohlone College Department of Music. Over the years, the Ohlone Community Band grew under the batons of past conductors Phil Zahorsky, Rich Levin and Steve Barnhill. Since Fall, 2007 the Bands have been under the direction of Tony Clements. These groups have a wonderful blend of youth and experience and are outstanding examples of the benefits of a collegiate music education. The Ensembles play a wide variety of symphonic band literature to challenge both the audience and the ensembles themselves.
The Ohlone Community Band was founded in 1977 as part of the Ohlone College Department of Music. Over the years, the Ohlone Community Band grew under the baton of past conductors Phil Zahorsky, Rich Levin and Steve Barnhill. Since the Fall of 2007 the Band has been under the direction of Tony Clements. The Band has a wonderful blend of youth and experience and is an outstanding example of the benefits of a Music Education. The Band plays a wide variety of Symphonic Band Literature to challenge both the Audience and the Ensemble itself. The Ohlone Community Band is open to all Musicians with Conductor approval.
The Ohlone Wind Orchestra, one of the nation's leading wind bands, is dedicated to presenting exciting professional-quality performances of contemporary wind music ranging from Bernstein and Copland to Holst and Hindemith. Under the direction of Tony Clements, the ensemble's 50 musicians perform an annual concert series in one of the west's great concert halls, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
The Mission Peak Brass Band, under the direction of Tony Clements, is a 30-piece brass and percussion ensemble formed in the British Brass Band tradition, utilizing the following instruments: Bb Cornets, Eb Soprano Cornet, Flugel Horn, Eb Tenor Horns (instead of Horns in F), Euphoniums and Baritones, Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Bb and Eb Basses and 3 percussionists.
The Ohlone Tuba Ensemble, under the baton of Tony Clements, was founded as part of Ohlone College Community Education. It is an ensemble comprised of instruments of the tuba family, including baritone, euphonium bass and contra bass tubas. Emphasis is placed on proper practice techniques, ensemble blend and balance, and musical concepts. Repertoire is selected from standard tuba ensemble repertoire and transcriptions from all styles of music. Members of the ensemble are often featured as soloists.