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Our Conductors

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Performance Band

Dr. John van Deursen is the conductor for the the Performance Band.  John is an active conductor, ensemble clinician and arranger/composer.

As a professional educator, John has worked with and mentored young musicians across Asia and Western Canada through a multitude of clinics with bands and orchestras, as Music Director of the Surrey Youth Orchestra (2011 - 2015), as Head of the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre (2009 – 2011), and as Head of Instrumental Ensembles at Douglas College from 2011 - 2021.

Prior to his appointment to the College, John was Associate Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra and Director of the Concert Winds at the University of British Columbia.

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Intermediate And ABC Bands


Multi-instrumentalist, educator and conductor Geeta Das has studied, performed and taught music nationally and internationally for over twenty years and has performed with many world-renowned artists. Her music credentials include studying at Douglas College and the University of British Columbia.


Geeta is a well-known professional musician and a busy music educator in Metro Vancouver and beyond.


We are very fortunate to have her as conductor.

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