Ross holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Auckland, a Licentiate in Performance Euphonium from Trinity College London and a Diploma in Brass Band studies.
His 18-year teaching career started as Head of Music at Auckland’s Sacred Heart College before commencing the same position at New Zealand’s largest private school, Saint Kentigern College in 2005. During his teaching career, Ross has produced 16 major musicals (including Les Miserables, West Side Story, Blood Brothers, Oliver and Jesus Christ Superstar) winning awards for Outstanding Musical, Best Musical Director, and Best Set and Costume Design. His Saint Kentigern Concert Band has won six Gold Awards and he has toured Argentina, Singapore, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the USA with school groups.
In the classroom two of his students placed 1st in New Zealand’s premier music examination. He has been selected six times for the National Band of New Zealand on Principal Baritone, highlighted by 2nd place at the 2017 World Brass Band Championships in Kerkrade, the Netherlands.