Ken Fisher

  Assistant Director, Marching Band
  (310) 825-3835

Ken Fisher received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Clarinet/Saxophone Performance and his Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from UCLA.  Ken was a member of the Bruin Marching Band in 1990 and 1991, and also served as a Teaching Assistant for the UCLA Wind Ensemble from 2011 to 2013.

Ken's professional performance experiences include a tour with the World famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, three years of performing in show bands with the Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise lines on tours throughout Europe, the Caribbean and around the United States.  As a bassoonist, he spent seven years living in Mexico as a member of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco in Guadalajara and the Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes in Culiacán.

Since returning to Los Angeles in 2008, Ken has re-immersed himself in the local freelance scene, and performs regularly for 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, the Les Hooper Big Band, and the John Daversa Progressive Big Band.

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, Placido 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 five 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 students' parents.