We are excited to announce our Band Adjudicators!

 

CHIEF ADJUDICATOR - Brass Bands

Professor Nicholas J. Childs DMA, MA, FLCM, ARCM (Hons).

Sections: A Grade Brass & C Grade Brass Bands

Hailing from Wales, Professor Nicholas Childs is heralded as the leading figure in the worldwide brass community and has achieved the highest international reputation as a performer, teacher, clinician, conductor, adjudicator, interpreter and advocate of new music and producer of pace setting recordings.

Representative honours which have been given to Nicholas include an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds University where he served as Professor in Music and Recording, the Iles Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, in recognition of services to brass bands, and the Freedom of the City of London.

 

Barrie Gott

Sections: B Grade Brass, D Grade Brass, Junior B & C Grade Brass Bands

Barrie Gott has been a professional musician for over 59 years. His work as a composer, arranger, conductor, educator, and adjudicator has taken him all over the world.

He has adjudicated in Norway (Siddis), New Zealand National Championships in Rotorua and Dunedin, State Championships in South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales and Australian National Band Championships in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Sydney.

He has taught at all levels of education in private and government sectors and was Director of Instrumental Music at Azusa Pacific University in California.

Barrie’s compositions for concert and brass bands are well known and in 2004 he was awarded the Frank Wright medal for services to banding. He is the former owner and musical director of the Queensland Pops Orchestra, working with Australian and international artists. In 2015 he retired from the Queensland Department of Education and Training as a Senior Instrumental Teacher but continues to provide relief teaching and consultancy.

Barrie has served as bandmaster for Salvation Army bands in Sydney, Brisbane, and Pasadena California. He is also a former musical director for the Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band.

 

CHIEF ADJUDICATOR - Concert Bands

Bryan Griffiths

Sections: A Grade Concert, C Grade Concert & Jnr A Grade Concert Bands

Bryan Griffiths is a conductor with extensive experience across professional, educational and community music spheres. Specialising in wind ensembles, he is also proficient in orchestral and chamber music, having conducted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Band of the South Australian Police, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony, the Adelaide Hills Chamber Players and the Adelaide Summer Orchestra of which he was co-founder. In 2019, he was appointed Music Director of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, who record for Brolga Music Australia and are scheduled to release their debut album in April 2024. Under his direction, the Adelaide Wind Orchestra has been invited to perform at the 2024 International Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Gwangju-Gyeonggi, South Korea.

Beginning in January of this year, Bryan was appointed Director of Music Performance at Pembroke School, where he leads in all aspects of the school's ensemble and instrumental programs. Prior to this appointment, Bryan worked extensively as a casual lecturer in classical performance at the University of Adelaide, which included the directorship of the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra and Brass Ensemble. He continues his long-standing relationship with the University as a part-time member of the conducting faculty and as PhD candidate in music performance. Under the supervision of Prof. Charles Bodman Rae and Dr. Luke Dollman, his doctoral research focuses on Australian wind ensemble repertoire. Extending his passion for this genre’s artistic advancement and recognition also led Bryan to found the Adelaide Wind Band Festival, successfully launched in June 2023 and presented in partnership with ABODA SA and the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

Bryan’s emergence as a versatile conductor and educator began in 2012 through what would become a decade-long professional relationship with the Adelaide Youth Orchestras; there, he has held various positions, often concurrently, including those of Associate Conductor, director of the Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra and mentor of chamber ensembles. During this time, he received regular invitations to conduct for the South Australian Music Camp and has returned there to conduct as recently as 2021. In 2015, Bryan was invited to conduct, teach and perform at the Federal University of Santa Maria’s Festival Internacional de Inverno held in Southern Brazil.

His reputation as a passionate and well-rounded instructor has further been consolidated through his presentation of workshops and masterclasses, developed at the request of such bodies as the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors' Association (ABODA). In addition to regularly adjudicating for ABODA's SA School and Band Festival, Bryan has adjudicated the annual state band championships for the South Australian and New South Wales Band Associations.

Since completing his Master of Music (conducting) at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2018, Bryan’s corresponding research on Nigel Butterly has been published in the international academic journal Estudios bandísticos, alongside work by his former supervisor Dr. John Lynch. His other mentors have included Dr. Alan Maddox and Nicholas Braithwaite, Conductor Laureate of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He is fortunate to have also trained in the context of masterclasses led by H. Robert Reynolds, Mallory Thompson, Joseph Swensen and Gerard Schwartz.

Before focusing on conducting, Bryan performed as a horn player with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, the Adelaide Art Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, where he served in a full-time position from 2010 until 2015. As a soloist, he performed with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and Unley Symphony Orchestra. His principal horn teachers were Philip Hall, Philip Paine and Nelson Green.

 

Dr Jemima Bunn

B Grade Concert, D Grade Concert Bands

Dr Jemima Bunn completed a Bachelor of Education from The University of Melbourne (1996) and a Masters of Music Education at University of Wisconsin – Madison (2001-2002) and completed her PhD study in music education from The University of Melbourne – Melbourne Graduate School of Education (2019).  Throughout her studies, she presented at several academic and scholarly conferences for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Australia and New Zealand Research Association of Music Education (ANZARME), Australian Society of Music Educators (ASME), as well as the European Association of Music in Schools Conference (EAS) and Visions of Research in Music Education (VRME).

Over several years, Jemima has been the Director of Music of vibrant and dynamic music programs in several Victorian government secondary schools including Blackburn High School, Glen Waverley Secondary College and Camberwell High School. Coordinating the classroom, instrumental and ensemble, she has developed a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of music education in school situations. As a casual academic in music education at Deakin University, she has been involved in preparing pre-service teachers with knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches in general music across middle and senior years, instrumental pedagogy, conducting and composition.

As Director of Brolga Music Publishing Company in Melbourne, Australia Jemima promotes the work of Australian composers writing for Concert and Brass Band, String and Full Orchestra, Jazz and Flexible Ensembles. Jemima is currently available as a conductor and clinician to work both teachers and students to develop positive experiences in all things instrumental, classroom and ensemble.

Jemima has presented practical clinics and conducting workshops for Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association National and State Branches at several events including ABODA Victoria Summer Conducting School, Queensland Band and Orchestra Clinic, Australian National Band and Orchestra Clinic (Perth). Presenting at the Midwest Clinic in 2004 and 2012, will again do so in 2022. More academically focused presentations have been given at European Association of School Music (2019), Australian Society of Music Education (2019), Melbourne University Forums and International Society for Music Education.

Jemima has conducted ensembles at The University of Wisconsin – Madison Summer Music Clinic and University of Southern Mississippi Honour Band Camp, for Melbourne Youth Music; the Eastern Region Concerts; adjudicating Festivals throughout Australia. Jemima is conductor/administrator of the Melbourne Wind Ensemble, an ensemble made up of professional and semi-professional wind, brass and percussion players who wish to play high level, challenging wind ensemble repertoire. She was honoured to conduct the Blackburn High School Symphonic Band at the Midwest Clinic 2017.

Jemima has been active in the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association by serving as a committee member, president and vice president at state and national levels. In 2006, she received an ABODA Victoria Excellence Award and in 2018 a National Citation of Excellence for her work in music education.