Our Directors

John Hausey has served as the Director of the Placentia Symphonic Band since 2001. He was a music educator for thirty years, instructing instrumental music at high school and middle school as well as music education courses at the university level. He has been an adjudicator, clinician and honor band conductor throughout the western United States.

John has guest conducted at the university, high school and middle school levels including the California State University, Fullerton and California State University, Long Beach Wind Ensembles as well as a five-time conductor at the California Music Academy held during the summer at California State University, Fullerton. He has conducted numerous regional, county and district honor bands including the SCSBOA All-Southern Junior High School Honor Band and the San Diego County Honor Band. He has been a guest conductor and/or clinician for 180 high school bands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Singapore.

John served in the U.S. Army with the rank of Specialist 5. His duties included playing trumpet and drum major of the famous “multi-service and dual-nation” N.O.R.A.D. Band in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The N.O.R.A.D. Band was comprised of 110 select musicians from the US Air Force, US Army, US Navy and Canadian Air Force.

John's band director at Anaheim High School was Don Wilcox, Director of Bands “Emeritus” at West Virginia University.  He received his Bachelor of Music (Music Education) from California State University, Fullerton, where he studied conducting with Professor Benton Minor and trumpet with James “Jimmy” Stamp.  He has participated in conducting workshops with Frederick Fennell, W. Francis McBeth and H. Robert Reynolds.

John was Director of Bands at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California where his performing ensembles were recognized as some of the very finest in all of California.  The MHS symphonic band received Superior ratings at concert festivals every year while the marching band received over 300 Sweepstakes and Music Awards. He is a two-time recipient of "Teacher of the Year" honors and was appointed as the Anaheim U.H.S.D. Instrumental Music Mentor Teacher on three separate occasions.

John Hausey’s daughter (Kaitlin Agee/trumpet) and son-in-law (Tyler Agee/bass trombone) play in the PSB.

Dr. Collette Hausey serves as Director, Executive Director, composer and music arranger of the Placentia Symphonic Band. She is Professor of Music, Director of Bands & Applied Music Studies and Music Department Chair at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California. She is an accomplished conductor, composer, arranger, bassist and percussionist, and she is well known throughout the western United States  as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and honor band conductor.

Collette was elected to membership in the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) after two of her concert band compositions were premiered at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York. Her works span a wide range of genres including concert band, orchestra, marching band, mixed ensembles and instrumental solos. Her compositions and arrangements are in high demand and have been performed in the United States, Europe and Japan by middle school, high school, college, university, professional and U.S. military ensembles.

Collette has composed music for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and has arranged music for the opening television segment of the Hollywood Christmas Parade. The Disneyland brass quintet, The Bell Hops, have performed several of her brass quintet arrangements at the Disneyland Resort, and her pep band arrangements are frequently heard on nationally televised NCAA basketball games. Among her many commissioned works are six marches: Marsche Minor (2003), Eagle, Globe & Anchor (2008), The Irish Brigade (2011), The Army and Navy Forever (2012), Pride of the Eagles (2013) and Volunteers of the Union Army (2013). The 1st Marine Division Band (USMC) includes Eagle, Globe & Anchor in its repertoire.

Dr. Collette Hausey earned a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from San Diego State University in 1993, a Master of Music (Conducting) from SDSU in 1995 and was awarded her Doctor of Musical Arts (Wind Conducting) from the University of Arizona in 1997. She is a member of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), the National Association for Music Education (MENC), the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Film Music Institute, the College Music Society, the National Music Honor Society of Pi Kappa Lamda and the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.