Mark Davey Interview: Playing 1st Trombone with Wellington Brass Band, Conducting Hutt City Brass Band & Improving the New Zealand Brass Band Scene
I was fortunate enough to speak to Wellington Brass Band's 1st Trombone player Mark Davey after the band achieved its second competition success for 2018, winning the 2018 New Zealand Brass Band Championships A Grade. We spoke about what it takes to succeed at a high grade, his role conducting Hutt City Band in the B Grade and his thoughts on improving the New Zealand banding scene!
Russell Gray Interview: Adjudicating the New Zealand National Band Championships 2018, His Progression as a Cornetist and Conductor, and The Role of Youth Bands in the Brass Banding Movement
I was fortunate enough to sit down with world renowned cornetist, conductor and adjudicator Russell Gray, just before he headed to the 2018 New Zealand National Band Championships. We discussed his progression as a musician within the banding movement, his thoughts on conducting, his approach to adjudicating and his upcoming performance with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra with the world premiere of Bill Broughton's Symphony. Read it below.
Dave McGlynn Interview: Playing Bb Bass with Black Dyke, Approaching Playing Tuba and Dealing with Issues in Banding
I was lucky enough to sit down with Black Dyke Brass Band's Bb Bass player Dave McGlynn to discuss his experiences in banding with some of the best bands in the world, as well as how he approaches playing tuba and how brass bands should be dealing with issues in banding.
Jaime Rolfe Interview: Playing with Brisbane Excelsior, Performing Solo on Soprano Cornet and Thoughts on 2018 Nationals Panel of Adjudicators
I had a chance to ask Brisbane Excelsior's Soprano Cornetist Jaime Rolfe some questions about playing with Australia's leading brass band, as well as her experiences as a soprano cornet soloist. We also discussed the Melbourne Nationals in 2018, and her thoughts on the panel of adjudicators.
Nyeve MacKenzie Interview: Playing Solo Euphonium with Parramatta City Brass Band, Rebounding from 2017 Nationals and Moving Forward
I had a chance to speak to Nyeve MacKenzie, Solo Euphonium player from current NSW B Grade State Champions, Parramatta City Brass. We discussed how Parramatta City Brass Band rebounded from their 2017 Nationals result to their first State B Grade Championship victory under Jonathon Gatt, as well as how the band is preparing for the 2018 Nationals in Melbourne.
Daniel Van Bergen Interview: Conducting Boroondara Brass, Changing the Australian Grading System and Introducing More Banding Competitions
I had a chance to sit down with Daniel Van Bergen, conductor of current B Grade National Champions Boroondara Brass, and member of both the VBL Executive Committee and Music Advisory Board. We discussed his successes with Boroondara, changing the Australian grading system and introducing more banding competitions.
Veronica Boulton has had musical success as a performer and conductor across Victoria and South Australia, and is the current Musical Director of Marion City Band, who placed 3rd in the Australian National Band Championships 2017 in B Grade. I had the chance to speak to her about her conducting at Marion City Band, her passion for community music and her involvement in junior music programs.
Broden Ford is a familiar face around Victorian and Australian banding, and has played percussion with ample brass bands at contests. I had a chance to sit down with him and discuss the role of percussion in community banding, his Box Hill Academy of Percussion and conducting Whitehorse Brass.
Erin Ellenburg: Western Brass, playing with Footscray Yarraville and Tackling Problems within Australian Banding
I had a chance to sit down with Erin Ellenburg, Musical Director of Western Brass, cornet player of Footscray Yarraville Band and Conductor of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra Junior Concert Band. We discussed the development of Western Brass, playing with Footscray and tackling issues in Australian banding!
Megan Stapleton Interview: Being President of VBL, Nationals 2018, Regrading and the Future of the Victorian State Youth Brass Band
I was fortunate enough to sit down with VBL President and long-term Moonee Valley Brass Band member Megan Stapleton to talk about her role in the VBL, Nationals 2018, the regrading process, the Victorian Youth Brass Band and plenty more!
Jared loves to share his passion for music and artists through music reviews and commentaries. These include a selection of reviews written for community radio stations 3MBS and Radio Monash.