The Directors


Gordon Henderson, Director of the Bruin Marching Band




Gordon Henderson
Director of Bands
Department of Music Vice Chair
office: (310) 825-3835

GORDON HENDERSON is the Director of Bands and Department of Music Vice Chair at UCLA. Since 1982, Professor Henderson has directed the 250-member Bruin Marching Band, and the Varsity Band, which plays at all home men's and women's basketball games as well as other "Olympic" sports events such as soccer, volleyball, swimming, tennis, gymnastics, baseball, softball and water polo. Under Henderson's direction, the Bruin Marching Band has appeared at five Rose Bowls, four Sun Bowls, four San Francisco Bay Area Bowls, three Las Vegas Bowls, two Cotton Bowls, the Aloha Bowl, the Freedom Bowl, the Holiday Bowl, the Alamo Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl. In 1993, the UCLA Bruin Marching Band received the prestigious Sudler Trophy, presented each year by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to recognize excellence and innovation.
In 2006 and 2008, groups of fifty band members performed at the Hong Kong Chinese New Year Night Parade, and in 2010, fourteen drummers from the Band performed at the 27th Annual Ekitopia Festival Parade in Nagoya, Japan. In 2016, fifty members of the Band and Dance Team traveled to Taiwan to perform at the Taoyuan International Band Festival.
Recent high profile performances of the Band have included opening for The Rolling Stones at Staples Center in 2013, and TV appearances in the premiere episode of The Amazing Race, Season 24, in 2014, The Goldbergs in 2015, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2016. Henderson has composed and/or arranged band music for several major motion pictures including In the Line of Fire, Little Nikita, Fatal Instinct, Legends of the Fall, Don't Say A Word, First Daughter, Road Trip, Click, and Struck By Lightning.
Professor Henderson served as Head Horn Instructor or Brass Arranger for three Drum Corps International Champions: the Santa Clara (CA) Vanguard in 1989 and 1999, and the 1992 Cavaliers from Rosemont, Illinois.  He has also instructed other drum and bugle corps including The Cadets from Allentown, PA, the Troopers from Casper, WY, Pacific Crest from Diamond Bar, CA, and the Academy from Tempe, AZ.
Since 1990, he has served as the Arranger for the Tenrikyo Aimachi Marching Band in Nagoya, Japan, the ten-time All-Japan National Champions. In 2016, Aimachi won the WGI Winds International World Division, become the first group from outside of the U.S. to win any division at WGI Finals. Henderson has worked with other bands in Japan including the Illusion Magic from Toyota City, and the Nagoya Girls High School Band, as well as championship-winning bands in Thailand.
During the summer of 2009, Henderson served as an adjudicator for the quadrennial World Music Contest held in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, where he judged over 80 bands, drum corps and concert percussion ensembles from 14 countries spanning four continents. He returned to serve as a judge at the World Music Contest in July, 2013. Henderson also served as an adjudicator at the Kuala Lumpur International Marching Band Competition in 2009, and in 2012 and 2013, he served as an adjudicator for the Thailand Royal Cups Concert Band and Marching Band Competition in Bangkok.
From 1989 to 1996, Henderson directed the Jazz Ensemble I, performing with numerous guest artists including Roy Hargrove, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Burrell, Conte Candoli, Matt Catingub, Bill Watrous, Steve Houghton, Snooky Young, Gerald Wilson and Paquito D'Rivera. Under his direction, both the Jazz Ensemble I and the Jazz Combo won their respective divisions at the 1995 Reno International Jazz Festival. From 1985 to 1997 and 2011 to 2013, Henderson also conducted the UCLA Symphonic Band.


Ken Fisher, Assistant Director of the Bruin Marching Band

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Ken Fisher
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.



Paul Addleman, Administrative Assistant of the Bruin Marching Band

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Paul Adddleman
Administrative Assistant
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.