Gordon Henderson, Director of the Bruin Marching Band
Director of Bands
Department of Music Vice Chair
office: (310) 825-3835
Ken Fisher, Assistant Director of the Bruin Marching Band
Assistant Director of the Bruin Marching Band
office: (310) 825-3835
Ken Fisher, a lifelong Bruin, is proud to join the UCLA Band Staff in the fall of 2015 as the Assistant Director of Marching and Varsity Bands. Born in Santa Monica, CA and raised in the Los Angeles area, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Clarinet/Saxophone Performance and Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance, both from UCLA.
As a baritone saxophonist, he was a member of the 1993 Disney All-American College Marching Band and the 1995 Disney/Grammy All-American College Jazz Band, both at Disneyworld in Orlando, FL, and spent a year touring throughout the United States and Canada with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. He spent a total of three years in the Showband with Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Lines, visiting all of Europe, Scandanavia, the Mediterranean Sea, Iceland, the Atlantic Seaboard, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, Alaska, and every corner of the Caribbean.
As a bassoonist, he spent seven years living in Mexico as a member of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara and the Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes in Culiacán. In addition to his full time orchestra duties, he performed in the pit orchestras of the Kirov Ballet, Royal London Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and the Camerata de las Américas, as well as show orchestras backing up Banda el Recodo, La Arrolladora Banda El Limón, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. With other like-minded members of the Sinaloa Symphony, Fisher founded the Cuarteto Extremo, a vanguard group of woodwind doublers which has won grants for cultural advancement at the state and national level, toured extensively in Mexico and California and continues to promote their unique brand of original compositions and arrangements, all by young Mexican composers.
Since returning to Los Angeles in 2008, Ken has re-immersed himself in the local free-lance scene, and performs regularly with Broadway Musicals, Symphony Orchestras, Big Bands, Latin/World Music groups, and has participated in over 100 recording sessions for albums, movies, and television. He has performed with dozens of local Big Bands, including Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Les Hooper Big Band, John Daversa Progressive Big Band, Budman/Levy Orchestra, Tim Davies Big Band, Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra, Paul McDonald Big Band, and Bruce Lofgren Jazz Orchestra.
He has performed with Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Diane Schuur, Dianne Reeves, Shirley Horne, Patti Austin, Maureen McGovern, and Mary Wilson, and under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, Plácido Domingo, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Jerry Goldsmith, Gunther Schuller, Marvin Hamlisch, John Clayton, Randy Newman, Elmer Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, and Gerald Wilson.
Deeply committed to music education in underserved areas, Ken Fisher has been involved with Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) since its inception, first as Program Manager, then Teaching Artist for the past 5 years, and currently the Assistant Conductor, all at the YOLA @ EXPO site. He also designed and taught Symphony 101, a bilingual Music Appreciation class for the parents. While living in Mexico, he taught at the music schools in Guadalajara, Mazatlán, and Culiacán, and presently teaches weekly bassoon lessons via ‘skype’ for the Centro de Artes Musicales in Tijuana, Baja California. He was the Orchestra Manager for the Henry Mancini Institute Summer Festival from 2004-2006 and Teaching Assistant/Manager for the UCLA Wind Ensemble from 2011-2013.
B.A. in Cultural Anthropology
office: 2415 SMB
PAUL ADDLEMAN is the Assistant to the Director of the Bruin Marching Band. He graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology, and a minor in French. He played trombone in the Bruin Marching Band for four years, serving as the Trombone Section Leader and Rank Leader. Paul traveled widely with the Bruin Band playing at several out-of-state football games and attending four different March Madness Tournaments throughout the U.S.A. for both Men and Women’s Basketball. He also performed in the Band’s national commercials for both Honda and McDonalds.
Paul was member of both the UCLA Chorale and the Gentleman’s Choir. He traveled to China with the UCLA Choir and sang to sold-out concert halls in Beijing and Shanghai. Paul was a Campus Tour Guide at UCLA where he was singled out to provide tours to members of the Saudi Royal Family and the International Executive Team from Toyota Corporation. Upon graduation, Paul received an award for giving more public tours than any other UCLA student ever. While at UCLA, he completed an internship with National Geographic Feature Films and studied Business French in Paris. Finally, Fox Sports Network chose Paul to narrate their John Wooden tribute on the show, “Runnin’ with the PAC.”
Paul’s most recent position at Warner Brothers Studio, included studio show lead and liaison to The Real. He also provided studio assistance for The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Conan. In his other Warner Brothers position as a bilingual tour guide, he took the initiative to develop a pilot program to give French-speaking studio tours. This successful program now offers French Studio tours five days a week and hires French speaking guides.