Chief Concert Adjudicator - Professor Alan Lourens, D.Mus
Dr. Alan Lourens is Head of the School of Music at the University of Western Australia, where he directs the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble, as well as teaching conducting, pedagogy and courses in music education. Previously, Dr. Lourens has held Professorial positions in Singapore, Dubai and Australia at leading arts institutions. Dr. Lourens appears as a guest conductor for orchestras and bands throughout Asia, Australia and the US, and regularly performs internationally on Euphonium. He is also active in the Brass Band movement in Australia, both as a conductor and soloist. In 2008, Dr. Lourens was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
On Euphonium, he regularly appears as an international soloist, and has recorded and toured with ensembles including the Philharmonia à Vent, the Australian Wind Orchestra and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, under such conductors as Frederick Fennell, Harry Begian, Vernon Handley, Ray E. Cramer and Simone Young.
Dr. Lourens holds a Doctorate in Conducting and Masters degree in Euphonium Performance from Indiana University, where he studied conducting with Ray E. Cramer and Euphonium with Daniel Perantoni, M. Dee Stewart and Harvey G. Phillips. He received a coveted Performers Certificate for the quality of his Masters recital.
His undergraduate degree is in Music Education from the Western Australian College of Advanced Education. In that state, Dr. Lourens taught high school music for 5 years where he directed award winning ensembles, before being appointed as the Conducting Support Teacher for the state of Western Australia.
Prof. Lourens has many articles and music publications to his credit, including analysis contributions to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series of books, recent contributions to the US Based MBM Times. In 2010, he co-authored several books on the planning, policy and development of Universities. Cimarron Publishing has released his compositions and arrangements for both band and orchestra.
Chief Brass Adjudicator - David Bremner
David Bremner is Principal trombone of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to this appointment, 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 NZ Symphony Orchestra, including the world premiere of Gareth Farr’s trombone concerto ‘Funambulistic Strains’, recorded Lyell Cresswell’s concerto ‘Kaia’ for Naxos Records, was one of 7 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 the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the National Brass Band of NZ, won the Classical Music Award at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards.
A versatile musician, David has recorded with the New Zealand 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 the former 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.
Chief Drill Adjudicator - Darryl Wagstaff AFSM, BJ, JP, FRVAHJ.
Darryl has a long and diverse background through many facets of Brass Band participation including roles in management, competitions and as a player. He has been a member of the Maryborough City Brass Band for over 40 years and has been Drum Major since 1995.
Darryl is well regarded and highly respected as a Drum Major and Drill Adjudicator and is a current member of the Victorian Bands League, Drill Advisory Board. He has vast experience as a Drum Major and has been highly successful at many contests being awarded winning Drum Major and has also adjudicated at many contests around Australia. This extensive experience includes several occasions where Darryl has worked with the Australian Air League as a band trainer, adjudicator and advisor.