Once again we have the difficult task of chosing the 4BRDU Band of the Year. During 2007, there have been some fantastic individual performances on the solo platform as well as from within the ranks.
4BRDU has been fortunate enough to be able attend both NZ and Australian National Championships, as well as several other contest at regional and state levels.
The approach this year was to decide on the Musical Director and then work with the MD to choose the band. There was total agreement in all but one of the positions.
The criteria for selection was nothing too strict other than just an overall impression the player has made on us throughout the year, whether it be in a band situation or as a soloist.
As was the case last year, we have decided to include only players who have been primarily in the Downunder part of the world over the last 12 months. There are many fine performers who could have been top contenders for a seat in the 4BRDU band. Steve Rudhall, Stephanie Barrett, Murray Borthwick, Rosie Pearce, Brenden Wheeler, Edward Kennedy, Rob Kavanagh, David Mallett, Ben Beavis are those who we know of who have had a great year playing overseas.
Of course, we cannot fail to mention the incredible progress Jason Katsikaris has made in the UK as a Musical Director.
Similar to last year, we have used the NZ system, and have opted for the configuration of 31 players.
Here is our decision...
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Howard Taylor
We tried extra hard again not to choose Howard Taylor for this role but how can you ignore the success this man has had in 2007.
His successes this year include three in a row with Brisbane Excelsior with another Australian Nationals win; followed by a history breaking win at the New Zealand Nationals a few months later. The second Stars of Brass concert featured soloists from Australia, America and the UK; whilst the tour of the National Band of New Zealand with James Morrison was of the highest quality. Early in 2007, Howard also won the Ern Keller Band of the Year, for the second year in a row, with Waratah Brass.
Other than the Principal Cornet position, members within each section are listed alphabetically.
Colin Clark, Woolston Brass
Paula Russell, Brisbane Excelsior
Dave Barker, Darebin City Brass
Conrad Curry, Waratah Brass
Phil Dokmanovic, St Mary's Band Club
Kevin Hickman, Woolston Brass
Kevin Joughin, K&N Spring Gully Brass
Jamie Lawson, Footscray-Yarraville
Andrew Large, Dalewool Auckland Brass
John Lewis, St Kilda Brass
Jen Magoulas, Kew Band Melbourne
Kevin McMorran, Canterbury Brass
Mason Elliot, Dalewool Auckland Brass
Mike Ford, Marlborough District Brass
Bruce Myers, Gunnedah Shire Band
Steve Ridler, Brisbane Excelsior
Andy Williams, Dalewool Auckland Brass
Brad Hosking, Brisbane Excelsior
Kristy Rowe, Gunnedah Shire Band
Ashley Gittins, Brisbane Excelsior
Mark Howcroft, St Mary's Band Club
Riki McDonnell, Marlborough District Brass
Stuart Bent, Brisbane Excelsior
David Bremner, Dalewool Auckland Brass
Liam O'Malley, Brisbane Brass
Matthew McGeachin, Brisbane Excelsior
Adam Arnold, Gunnedah Shire Band
Steve Ford, Kew Band Melbourne
Duncan Spry, Willoughby
Phil Johnston, Woolston Brass
Adrian Raven, Dalewool Auckland Brass
Leon Duncan, Kew Band Melbourne
Broden Ford, Kew Band Melbourne
Murray Hickman, New Zealand Community Trust Woolston Brass
Grant Myhill, Marlborough Districts Brass
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