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.
John Snowling has been involved in music and bands all of his life after being raised in the Ipswich Citadel Corps of the Salvation Army in England.
From 1966 to 1971 he was a musician and principal trumpet in H. M. Coldstream Guards Band, London. This included performing on State occasions such as Trooping the Colour, Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Royal Investitures, Radio and Television Broadcasts, Recordings and Concerts.
In 1978, John emigrated with his family to New Zealand. He has conducted many ensembles including the Hastings Citizens’ Brass Band, Hawke’s Bay Symphonic Band, Bay Cities’ Symphonic Band, Canterbury Youth Brass Band, Hawke’s Bay Youth Band, Hawke’s Bay Orchestra, New Zealand National Youth Brass Band and as Associate Conductor of the inaugural New Zealand National Youth Concert Band.
John is now in demand as an adjudicator. He has judged on a number of occasions at NZCBA Festival and the New Zealand Brass Band Championships. He has also judged all but one of the provincial brass band Contests in New Zealand and has twice been invited to be part of the international panel of judges at the Pacific Basin Band Festival in Hawaii. John is a Past President of the New Zealand Concert Bands’ Association and served on its Executive Committee for many years.
In 2003 John was awarded Life Membership of the Hawkes Bay Orchestral Society for Services to Bands and received a Community Services Award from the Hastings District Council for his contribution to the Arts. This was followed by NZCBA in 2010.
On his retirement at the end of 2016, John was presented with a coveted Lindisfarne College Honours Tie at the annual Prize-Giving in recognition of his twenty-two years of meritorious service to the school and its students.
Clare Penny (DipMus(perf), AIRMT, DipABRSM, CertTESOL) studied under international flautist and conductor Uwe Grodd from the age of 11, and at just 16 entered Auckland University to study Performance Flute. Clare has played and taught in NZ, Europe and China, including 18 months living in Beijing, teaching English. Clare is a dynamic and engaging performer, who is passionate about teaching music to the highest standards. Her many students have achieved great success in exams, competitions, and auditions. Recently, she re-entered Auckland University to achieve her Masters Degree, an opportunity to study French flute music on a fulltime basis. In her spare time Clare can be found in her huge garden, the yoga studio or cooking up a feast to share with friends.
Introducing Jillian Christoff: Adjudicator of Ensembles and Solos
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.