Gordon Clements

Gordon Clements
Teacher, Senior School Concert Band
September, 2013
BMus, Cert. Ed, MMus (University of Victoria)

Experiencing and understanding the magic of music both as a performer and a listener are important goals of a strong music program.

With six recordings on the international market, a wonderfully rewarding career as both a classical and jazz performer — including his induction into the Victoria Music Hall of Fame in 2009 — and a founding director of jazz programs around Greater Victoria, Gordon’s step into the music program at SMUS is a natural. He is excited to help students achieve their musical goals and looks forward to using the many resources at his disposal to keep the program strong.

"SMUS is — without question — the most well-supported educational environment I have ever encountered," he says. "This includes virtually all public and independent secondary schools, conservatories, community colleges and universities on Southern Vancouver Island."

While Victoria-area music enthusiasts will know Gordon from his 15 years in the bass clarinet chair and on solo saxophone in the Victoria Symphony as well as his work with the Victoria Conservatory of Music, he has also established himself as an international artist. He has performed in countless musical theatre productions and became a clinician for Keilworth Saxophones & Buffet Crampon Clarinets in 2001. With a tone described alternately as “a finely brewed espresso” and “…a dark and smooth sound with a punch like neat whiskey”, Gordon sits in with many of the bands and ensembles that pass through Victoria. He aims to pass that great knowledge on to SMUS musicians.

"Student success is the goal of education," he says. "I strive to celebrate this success as often as possible whenever it occurs."

When he isn’t playing at Herman’s or any of the other jazz clubs in town, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, sailing, woodworking, traveling, photography and fresh air.