Mission & Vision
Music enriches the life and nourishes the soul of the performer and the audience. Therefore the South Bay Music Association believes that instrumental music properly plays a vital role for the 21st century family. At its noblest, music is an enriching and nourishing bond that brings families and communities together.
SBMA demonstrates the power of live music by entertaining and educating families in the community:
- Performing interactively in which the audience becomes educated about the music or instruments being played and creatively participates in the entertainment.
- Creating or sponsoring programs that educate family members on how to play, how to nurture, or how to listen to instrumental music.
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
Steven Allen Fox, president & 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.
Arlene Vinzon, secretary
Arlene is the Area Operation and Finance Manager for Green Dot Public Schools. A mother of three children who have participated in the instrumental music SBMA sponsored programs throughout their elementary, middle school and high school education and in El Segundo school bands for 13 years. As a band parent Arlene worked tirelessly in many capacities to support the positive experiences offered to the music students. Arlene and her husband Noel are life long community service volunteers. A former ESUSD employee she is an avid fine arts supporter. As a Board Member of the South Bay Music Association, Arlene is sharing her past experiences and expertise joining in the SBMA commitment to keep the music playing in the ES schools and community.
Brian Crowley, treasurer
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.
Laurie Livingston-Robert, board member
Laurie is currently in her eighth year as a Paraeducator at the El Segundo Middle School, working with special education students. She is a member of the El Segundo Band Parent Council, the Winterline Communications Parent and is the proud mother of a junior musician in the El Segundo Marching and Concert Bands. She graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Communications and she obtained a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After relocating to California, she was the manager for the Los Angeles branches of Express Visa Service and CIBT for over ten years and she joined the El Segundo School District in 2011. As a music lover, she appreciates the support of the South Bay Music Association in the promotion of music to the youth of this town and is happy to aid in this worthy endeavor.
Heather Ukrisna, board member & education director
Heather Breene-Ukrisna moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2013 where she started teaching elementary general music and band with Education Through Music – Los Angeles. She subsequently became the co-director of the elementary band programs for the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD), as well as the flute-teaching artist for the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. She now calls the El Segundo Unified School District her full-time home where she is the music teacher at Richmond Street School and the kindergarten music teacher at Center Street School. Breene-Ukrisna also works with the South Bay Music Association’s after-school music programs and Summer Symposium.