Jon Borodach, Principal Conductor
Jon has enjoyed a dynamic career as a conductor, instrumentalist and music educator. Before coming to Colorado in 2008 Mr. Borodach was the Director of Instrumental Music at Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California in eastern San Diego County. Under his baton, the Grossmont ensembles consistently earned Unanimous Superior ratings at regional music festivals and contests. During his career, Mr Borodach led his groups on concert tours of Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco. Graduates from the Grossmont High School music program have earned scholarships to study music at the University of North Texas, the University of Nebraska, the University of Arizona, the University of California at Los Angeles and several California State University locations including SDSU. From 2001-2004 Mr. Borodach was also the Associate Conductor of the San Diego Wind Ensemble, a professional-level ensemble comprised of freelance musicians from San Diego County. Mr. Borodach has served as an adjudicator and clinician for the Southern California School Band Orchestra Association. Mr Borodach holds a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from San Diego State University.
Ned Avery, Assistant Conductor
Ned Avery is currently in his 22nd year teaching instrumental music. He has a Masters degree in conducting from Western Washington University and a Masters of Music Education …with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. His undergraduate studies were at UNC, Greeley. He plays cornet with the Rocky Mountain Brassworks and is their assistant conductor. Ned has been a Thornton Community Band member from the first year and is currently serving as president of the Board. “I’ve played in community bands since I was 15 and believe they offer a great opportunity for adults to continue making music and making new friends.”