MAJOR Tng Liat Peng, LTCL

For this man who speaks little and smiles quietly, the sudden twinkle in his eyes may take you by surprise then you realise this is unusual. He banters as easily with his musicians during rehearsals as he takes them to task. He says: “We are friends – I can be very direct when I rehearse with them. Since they know me well, they know my expectations.” As Band Director for West Winds and Senior Director of Music for Singapore Armed Forces Bands, it is with the same personable but firmed posture with which he has forged his career.

MAJOR Philip Tng studied piano at the age of ten, and making percussive instruments sound lyrical was a joy that fascinated him. Then, he joined the school band, where “playing with a group of people with diverse ideas and various instruments’ diverse sounds and timbre” opened his mind. Music has left an indelible imprint in his life at an early age. In 1987, he was awarded a music scholarship for his contribution to the Singapore Polytechnic Concert Band.

In 1993, he graduated from the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, in London, with several accolades, including the Graham Wallace Award for best overseas student bandmaster, the Sommerville Prize, and the first prize in the Fanfare Award of the Fred Mortimer Memorials Competition. Upon returning to Singapore, he is active in many musical activities, including conducting the National Day Parade and adjudication of local band competitions.  In 2005, SAF Central Band and West Winds were selected to perform at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference held in Singapore.  Internationally, he has been invited as an adjudicator in Australia and as a guest conductor at the Western Band Clinic (WIBC) in Seattle in 2006.

MAJOR Tng received another scholarship from SAF in 2008 to pursue his Masters in Wind Band Conducting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his studies, he had the privilege of studying conducting with numerous conductors, namely James Keane, Abel Ramirez, Roby George, Robert W. Rumbelow, Tim Foley, Stephen Peterson and Russel Mikkelson. Graduating with excellent academic achievements, MAJOR Tng was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Oboe / Cor Anglais
Brenden Chia
Lam Lay Ting

Ng Xue Li
Tan-Lim Sze Ai

Anneson Neo
Wang Kee Zhang

Anneson Neo
Annie Chong Pei Yee
Chan Yew Choong
Cindy Lim Mei Yun
David Tao
Felicia Lin Jia Xuan
Phang Beng Hooi
Tay Wei Seng
Wong Kee Zhang
Terence Teow Kim Heng**
Kevin Seah**

Eb Clarinet
Leon Heng Zeng Yang
Jeffrey Ang Chee Lim

Bb Clarinet
Aaron Lim Soon Yeow
Alyse Lim Yee Wen
Gena Ng Ping Ping
Jeffrey Ang Chee Lim
Kenny Chua Han-Wee
Koh Chee Kang
Leon Heng Zeng Yang
Lim Chui Yiing**
Marilyn Lim So-San
Pip Tang Tse Shin
Poh Wu Fabian
Shaun Lin
Sim Kai Suah
Seet Yoke Chee**
Tan Koh Sing
Yuri Seah

Eb Alto Clarinet
Loh Tzu Liang

Bass Clarinet
Norman You Chen Guang
Sim Kai Suah
Tung Hui Wen

Contrabass Clarinet
Joel Koh Soon Chay

Soprano Saxophone
Alastair Simon Chetty

Alto Saxophone
Alastair Simon Chetty
Kaleb Kong Song Lin
Sarimah Bte Abd Rahim 

Tenor Saxophone
Eugene Teo Guo Shun
Tan Siow Wee

Baritone Saxophone
Bernard Choi
Calvin Ang Kwang Fu

Claire Chung Su’anne
Gregory Chua Kok Hong
Huang Caijin
Moo Wei Yang
Ong Pei Qi
Shannon Chng Tze Loon
Tan Ailin
Tan Teng Soon
Toh Jun Long
Winston Goh Sze Hsien

French Horn
Ang Chin May
Colin Ng Keng Fong
James Chua Meng Teck
Lewis Lim Ngee Cheng
Ng Ting Hsiang
Ong Hwee Ling
Teo Puay Bing
Clive Choo Jun**
Chua Liang Cun**

Alan Ng Chong Beng
Alex Tan Chek Peng
Boey Deyuan
Daryl Hor Zhi Li
Ng Woei Kee
Sarah Chong Wei Zhi
Soh Qi Sheng
Stephanie Tan Jia Hui
Tan Yong Boo
Yap Soon Soon
Yeo Zhi Wen

Ang Soh Hong
Adeline Chan
Chiu Boon Hwee
Felicia Tan Ying Hui
Ling Weiqiang
Anthony Chew Kok Leong
Francis Tan Huan Chun
Kelvin Tan Zhi Rong
Lai Jin Kun
Pek Jen Heng
Teo Kay Min
Daryl Lim**

Engku Idris Bin Engku Osman
Eugene Pang Biao Boon
Gabriel Goh Tze Min
Jackie Tay Yeow Chong
Leow Teng Hong
Mindy Lin Wan Ying
Muhammad Hussani
Ng Huici
Ng Chenyee
Sharon Ling Ai Chien
Nurul Maisarah

Mindy Lin Wan Ying

**on sabbatical leave


4 Responses to Musicians

  1. Beatrice Lau says:

    Hi West Winds,

    I am writing in from Nanyang Technological University’s Cultural Activities Club.

    NTU CAC is organizing a drums competition – Drumzout 2008. Ignite the Rhythm Within! this coming June on the 15th.

    DrumZout2008 is a first-of-its-kind percussion competition consisting of 2 categories-Mainstream and Alternative. The Mainstream category will focus on percussions groups from schools in Singapore while the Alternative (STOMP) category is open to all members of the public.

    More than $10 000 worth of prizes will be up for grabs! For more information and registration details, please check out our official website at

    The registration dateline is 11th May 2008. Do check out our website or simply email to for more details and for participation.

    We really do hope to see your group at the competition.

    Ms Beatrice Lau
    Liaision Officer

  2. serene pang says:

    hello , can i join if i m jus 13 and currently jus a perrcussionist ?

  3. kristal says:

    hi west winds,
    by any chance do you need a bass guitarist?

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