Our Conductors


Performance Band

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

He is currently Music Department Coordinator at Douglas College. 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), and as Head of the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre (2009 – 2011).

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 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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Performance Band


Anne Bonnycastle is an accomplished musician, conductor, composer, administrator and concert producer.  She is currently

Department Head, Arts and Applied Design Skills & Technology, Senior School at Crofton House School in Vancouver.  She works with concert bands, orchestras and choirs.  For four years she produced and conducted full-length benefit orchestral concerts with professional musicians, with all proceeds going to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.  With extensive educational credentials from institutions in North America and Europe, she is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree through Boston University.