Southern Area Concert Band


Dr. Andrew Mathers
Conductor - Southern Area Concert Band
Conductor - Southern Area Events Band

Andrew grew up in a musical family, with both parents involved in singing. Andrew admits "failed attempts at piano and guitar" but played a few other instruments and first tried out conducting in high school. His tertiary music studies began with a Bachelor of Education majoring in music from the Melbourne College of Advanced Education before heading overseas to Florida State University to complete a Master of Music Education degree majoring in instrumental conducting. During this time, Andrew studied instrumental conducting with James Croft and choral conducting with Rodney Eichenberger. Back in Australia, Andrew has been awarded a PhD in music from Monash University, lectured in Conducting and Applied music at Monash University and held a position as an adjunct faculty member of the School of Music - Conservatorium.

Andrew is currently Assistant Head of Music - Ensembles and Head of Woodwind at St. Kevin's College (Melbourne). Conducting roles have seen Andrew in front of the Melbourne Youth Symphonic Band from 2003-2008. He served three terms as National President of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors' Association (ABODA)and has been a feature clinician at the ABODA Conducting Summer Schools in 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2016 and 2019. In recognition of Andrew's extensive commitment, he was chosen as one of four people to receive the first-ever Honorary Life Memberships to be awarded by ABODA. Andrew was also invited to conduct the Queensland State Honours Band for two years in a row.

Jessica Jacobs
Conductor - Southern Area Wind Ensemble

Originally hailing from Western Australia, Jessica Jacobs is currently completing her Masters of Teaching at ACU, having previously completed a Masters of Music in Performance Teaching & Masters of Music in Performance at Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

She is currently teaching at multiple Victorian schools specialising in Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba as well as tutoring all brass for multiple organisations including MYO and Border Music Camp.

Jessica has performed with many different ensembles including Orchestra Victoria, Opera in the Alps Orchestra and the Australian Pops Orchestra as well as having toured and recorded with a variety of groups including the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian Music Theatre Orchestra and Melbourne University Ensembles.

Jessica is extremely passionate about performing fun and exciting music, educating and inspiring young musicians, as well as being heavily involved in community-based music.

The band's committee is responsible for behind-the-scenes administration and organisation of the band, performances and other activities.
Committee members are elected each year at the AGM around April.


George Keskerides
Vice President
Jacqui Fairbairn
Lauren Zuegn
Solange Pivan-Petit-Galland


Music Director
Dr. Andrew Mathers
Property Officer
Geoff Field
Committee Member
Tracy Tulloch
Committee Member
Mel Sweeney
Committee Member
Carolyn Atkinson
Committee Member
Stan Malton
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