Band Directors



Band Director

Having started his musical education on the piano at the age of ten, ME6 Philip Tng has since spiraled through tremendous musical boundaries to reach his current position as the Senior Director of Music of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Band. As a saxophonist with the SAF Music and Drama Company, he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall in London. Upon graduation from the Bandmaster course with several accolades including the Graham Wallace Award for best overseas student bandmaster, the Sommerville Prize, and the first prize in the Fanfare Award of the Fred Mortimer Memorials Competition in 1993, ME6 Tng went on to become the Director of Music of the SAF Central Band. He held this position for five years before assuming the post of Senior Director of Music of the SAF Band in August 2000.

ME6 Tng is active in many musical activities in Singapore, including conducting the National Day Parade and adjudication of local band competitions. In 2005, both the SAF Central Band and his community band, West Winds, were selected to perform at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference held in Singapore. He has also been invited as adjudicator in Australia and as guest conductor at the Western International Band Clinic (WIBC), Seattle in 2006.

ME6 Tng received another scholarship from the Singapore Armed Forces in 2008 to pursue his Masters in Wind Band Conducting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his studies, he had the privilege to study conducting with numerous conductors, namely, James Keene, Abel Ramirez, Roby George, Robert W. Rumbelow, Tim Foley, Stephen Peterson and Russel Mikkelson. Graduating with excellent academic achievements, he was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



Assistant Conductor

Francis received his music education from Indiana University and Australian National University where he studies with several notable instrumentalists and music pedagogues including Steven Pratt and Douglas Stotter. Professors of Conducting at Indiana University ; Daniel Perantoni. Professor of Tuba at Indiana University; Max Mcbride. Lecturer in Conducting; and Steve Rosse, Lecturer of Tuba at Australian National University.

During his course of study, he received several notable distinctions in conducting and was subsequently invited to conduct the Canberra Community Orchestra as a guest conductor for their regular session. In Singapore, he was invited to work with Singapore Youth Wind Orchestra in their participation at the World Association of Symphonic Bands conference.

Francis was appointed Assistant Conductor of West Winds in 200. He is also conductor of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Bands and Riverside Secondary Symphonic Band.