David Bremner is Principal Trombone of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to this , he was principal trombone of the Auckland Philharmonia. Born in New Plymouth, David began his early musical studies on cornet and euphonium under the tutelage of his father Trevor Bremner. After moving to trombone he went on to graduate with Honours from Victoria University of Wellington studying with Marc Taddei. He was awarded the prestigious Patricia Pratt Scholarship to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and graduated with a Master of Music degree studying with Mark Lawrence. During this time he was a finalist in the Gisborne Music Competition, placed 3rd in the NZ Young Musicians Competition, and won the Shenson Young Musicians competition in California.
As a soloist, David has performed concertos with the NZSO, including the world premiere of Gareth Farr’s trombone concerto ‘Funambulistic Strains’, recorded Lyell Cresswell’s concerto ‘Kaia’ for Naxos Records, was one of seven featured NZSO Principals in Eve De Castro-Robinson’s ‘The Glittering Hosts of Heaven’, and performed Sandstrom’s Double Trombone Concerto with Christian Lindberg. In 2009 his debut solo CD Gung-Ho, featuring NZSO and National Brass Band of NZ, won the Classical Music Award at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards.
A versatile musician, David has recorded with NZ rock band ‘Crowded House’, performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, as well as many brass bands across Australasia and the UK. He is a founding member of ‘Bonanza’ Trombone Quartet, and is Music Director of the 2013/14/15/16 Champion Band of NZ and 2015 Australian Champion Band, Wellington Brass.
Bremner is heavily involved in music education in NZ, previously teaching trombone at the NZ School of Music for over 10 years, and is currently a trustee of the Kia Ora Foundation. He is also the presenter of Brilliant Brass on Radio Concert.
Dr. Don McLaurin earned Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Music Education from Florida State University.
He has served as Director of Bands at the university level at Valdosta State, Oklahoma State, East Texas State, Florida Southern, and Western Colorado State. Under his direction the Florida Southern Symphony Band performed at the Southern Division meetings of MENC and CBDNA, and in England at Westminster Abbey, Saint John’s Smith Square, Wesley’s Chapel, and Dover Town Hall.
Dr. McLaurin has conducted All-State Bands in California, Idaho, and Florida (2).
Most recently he returned to Florida and rejoined the Music Faculty at Florida Southern College, after a seven year residency in New Zealand where he taught instrumental music for the NZ Ministry of Education and served as President of the New Zealand Concert Bands Association.
Introducing Dr Rich Roberts: Conductor Feedback
One of our adjudicator’s from last year’s Festival, Dr Rich Roberts will return as an observer during a band’s performance, providing feedback to conductors/directors. This is optional.
Rich Roberts, DMA, has been a band and orchestra director at the primary and secondary levels in Maryland, USA for many years. He has developed and directed numerous schools to the highest level of performance in county, state, and regional competitions and festivals. He is a regular director at the University of Maryland Summer Youth Music Camp and a frequent collaborator with high school band programmes. Dr. Roberts is also the co-director of both the Howard County Middle School Gifted/Talented and Honours Bands and has collaborated with the Howard County High School Gifted/Talented Orchestra. As a horn player, he has performed with the National Philharmonic, the Annapolis and Fairfax Symphonies, as well as with international recording artists Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Roger Daltrey, and The Moody Blues. Rich and his wife, Karen, live in Hanover, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.
Adjudicators of Ensembles/Solos to be advised.
NZCBA member bands will be eligible for a 10% discount on registration fees. NZCBA Single Band Membership Fee is $100 and $150 for Multi Band Membership in 2017.
Festival Registration fees for 2017 are:
$25 per musician (excluding the conductor) up to 35 musicians, then $15 per musician.
Registration fee for soloist is $10 and each ensemble is $15.