We want to extend a warm thank-you to Bill Drury, who has led the orchestra through four fantastic seasons and helped us weather and come back after the pandemic hiatus. Bill retired from conducting the FCPO at the end of our 2022-2023 concert season.
William Drury is NEC’s Associate Conductor of Wind Ensembles and directs the NEC Symphonic Winds. He began working with the FCPO in September 2019.
Drury is also conductor of the 567th ANG Band of Cape Cod and plays saxophone with the Jimmy Capone Big Band. Drury was named chairman of the Massachusetts Chapter of the College Band Directors National Association in 2002.
As a conductor, Drury has premiered works by composers such as Bell, Pinkham, Fletcher, Popkin, and Zorn; conducted orchestras at Harvard, Brown, and Brandeis universities and numerous Air Force bands throughout the nation; and has previously been MIT’s Assistant Conductor of Orchestras, conductor of the Boston Conservatory’s Wind Ensemble, assistant conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Boston, and conductor of the Auros Chamber Orchestra. As a jazz saxophonist, Drury has performed with Natalie Cole, the Coasters, Dave Stewart and MFB, and played lead tenor sax with the Bob Curnow Big Band. Before entering undergraduate studies, he worked for five years as a track laborer for the Burlington Northern Railroad.
B.S., political science, Gonzaga University; M.M. with distinction in performance, NEC. Conducting studies with Frank Battisti and Richard Hoenich. Former faculty of Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, MIT. Recordings on Art of the States, Criminal Records, Sierra Music, American Composers Forum, Tzadik, and Centaur.
(bio and photo courtesy of New England Conservatory)
Artistic Director 2007-2019
We want to thank John Yankee for his work as Music Director with FCPO for the past 10+ years. We are sorry to see him leave, but he is off to new adventures and opportunities on the west coast, and we wish him the best of luck and happiness. John has been invaluable in shaping the orchestra since its inception, and bringing its musicianship to new heights. We will certainly miss him.
A dynamic and versatile musician, John Yankee was instrumental in developing the Upper Cape music culture during his time in Falmouth. Yankee was the founding music director of the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, artistic director of The Falmouth Chorale, choral director at Falmouth Academy, and founding Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Children’s Chorus. Since coming to the Cape in September 2007, he has been active in many other musical venues as a singer and performer on the hammered dulcimer and keyboards. In addition, he teaches privately, coaches ensembles, and leads a variety of workshops and community sings.
Prior to settling in Falmouth, Mr. Yankee served as artistic director of the San Diego Choral Union and Children’s Choir, and was founder and director of the Telluride Choral Society, the Children’s Chorus of Telluride, and the Telluride Chamber Orchestra. From 1986-1992 he was a member of the Baltimore-based folk trio Cross Country. An active composer and arranger, he has a long affiliation with the Walden School for Young Composers. He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory (BM) and Yale School of Music (MM) and has studied at the Eastman School and University of Pittsburgh.