In 1998, one dozen parents of El Segundo High School band students performed at a band event playing the song "Louie Louie" as a surprise for their kids. The parents enjoyed playing so much that they formed the El Segundo Community Concert Band. As they grew, the group became a non-profit organization, created educational programs, and established a significant fund-raising sector. In 2014, the organization renamed itself as the South Bay Music Association to better represent its changed size and scope.
Today, the Association:
- Operates numerous after-school band programs.
- Operates the annual summer South Bay Music Symposium band camp.
- Provides funding and music support for the El Segundo High School Band.
- Funds, and hosts in-school musical clinics by professional musicians.
- Presents free music concerts by the El Segundo Concert Band, and various small ensemble recitals to the community throughout the year.
- Brings in additional performers, educators, and conductors from other communities to participate in one or more of the SBMA’s concert and/or workshop programs, thereby delivering diverse perspectives and insights to the overall musical learning experience.
Board Members and
Dave Gold, president
Dave has been in the Environmental Health and Safety profession since 1982, and has worked in management capacities in that career field for companies such as Roehl, Northrop Grumman and Verizon. Currently Dave is the President of Gold Health and Safety Consulting, Inc. Dave began playing the sax when he was 13 and has played Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bari sax in a variety of ensembles. Dave has been playing Bari sax with the El Segundo Concert Band since 2005.
Mike Rice, treasurer
Working in information technology since 1988, Mike has been a vice president of information technology for NBCUniversal, a program executive at 20th Century Fox, and is the business owner and principal consultant of the business operations consulting company Hidden Capacity. He began his musical career on guitar when he was eight, and through the years has played trumpet, trombone, tuba, and euphonium, which he plays in our band. Mike performed in the 1998 debut of an ensemble that later became the El Segundo Concert Band.
Brian Crowley, board member
Brian has been an aerospace systems engineer and test engineer since 1975. He was a founding member of the El Segundo Concert Band in 1999, and the treasurer from 2001-2017. Brian began playing trombone in 1960, and has played with school bands from elementary school through graduate school. After grad school he took a break from trombone to work and raise a family, and returned to playing when he answered a 1999 newspaper ad seeking players for the El Segundo Concert Band. Getting back to playing trombone eventually was always his intent, and the ESCB provided that opportunity. He also has played in several other bands, including the Vintage Brass of Long Beach, and the Beach Cities Swing Band of El Segundo.
Heather Ukrisna (Breene), board member
Heather Ukrisna is a General Music and Band teacher in the El Segundo Unified School District. She graduated cum laude with a double degree in Music Education and Flute Performance from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Here she received several performance awards including the Elliot Magaziner Award and the Michael L. Falacaro Award. After graduation Heather attended a New York University Graduate program in collaboration with the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary where she studied elementary pedagogy and ethnomusicology. Through this program she became connected with Project Zero - Arts and Passion Driven Learning, where she spent time studying at Harvard University concluding in a collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013 Heather has worked with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as Education Through Music-Los Angeles. Heather has been playing flute with the El Segundo Concert Band since 2013, and has been an active board member since 2016.
Steven Allen Fox, music director
Steven Allen Fox is a Conductor and Composer with a Bachelors in Music from Illinois State University and a Graduate Certificate in Film and Television Scoring from USC. In addition to his duties for ESCB Maestro Fox is also the Founding President/Artistic Director/Conductor of the Golden State Pops Orchestra. Maestro Fox has conducted internationally, including Video Games Live and the City of Prague Philharmonic. He has conducted over 30 Premieres and composed or arranged for over 10 film projects and CDs. Steven has been the conductor for the El Segundo Concert Band since 2001.
Edie Rice, education director
Edie Rice is an instrumental music teacher for schools in the El Segundo Unified School District. Her passion for beginning students has helped to build the band programs since 2001. As the Education Director for SBMA she is the director of the South Bay Music Symposium each summer that works with music students from all over the South Bay. She also maintains memberships in state and local music education associations, including NAfME and SCSBOA.
Linda Cohen, marketing director
As Regional Director of Entertainment Publications, a well-known discount book that sells through non-profit groups, Linda was recognized as accomplishing the best results among the 120 cities in the company. As Marketing Director of the South Bay Music Association there are different goals but creativity is always required. Her career began in advertising and developed into sales and marketing when she and her son Jason opened the website, Life Enrichment Network. It consisted of showcasing health oriented businesses in the alternative medicine industry along with selling their products to the public via the Internet. Forbes magazine included the website in their top 300 best sites of the year. The South Bay Music Association is a non-profit with a sincere purpose to keep the music playing in El Segundo schools despite the lack of funding from the state. A lover of music, Linda is happy to be a part of this worthy cause.
Ann Mazuk, advisory board
Ann is a business administrator and has a BS in Atmospheric Science from University of California, Davis and an MBA from Webster University. It was through playing in the orchestra that she developed a fondness for Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Ann is committed to promoting music and arts education in schools throughout the South Bay. Ann has worked a The Aerospace Corporation for over 30 years and is currently Vice President of the El Segundo High School Band Parent Group. She was on the PTA Executive Board for 7 years. She also volunteers for the Boy Scouts, American Heart Association and El Segundo Auxiliary of Children's Hospital Los Angeles.