We look forward to a wonderful day with great music and great comradery.
Brass Band Adjudicator
Ian is a 4th generation trombone player that grew up in a brass band family. His father, David was a driving force behind the evolution of the Elizabeth Brass Band in the late 1970's where Ian began playing under British Banding legend, Bernard Bygrave.
When Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) principal trumpet, Glenn Madden became musical director of the Band he encouraged Ian to take lessons from newly appointed principal trombone, Howard Parkinson.
In 1982 Ian began studying at the South Australian College of Advanced Education under Robert Hower & in 1984 was selected as Principal Trombone on the Australian Youth Orchestra's inaugural European tour. During this period, Ian worked regularly as a casual with the ASO & was principal trombone with the State Opera orchestra.
In 1985 Ian won the position of second trombone with State Orchestra of Victoria in which he performed Operas & Ballets all over Australia. In 1987 Ian won his present position as second trombone with the ASO where he has performed not only trombone, but Euphonium and Bass trumpet.
In his years in Adelaide, Ian has taught trombone & euphonium at the Adelaide University & at many independent schools.
Ian still retains the love of Brass Bands that was 1st ignited sitting next to the great Harry Mortimer as an 11 year old at the Belle Vue championship listening to 26 bands play Gilbert Vinter's "James Cook, circumnavigator"! He feels privileged to be asked to listen to all the bands today!
Concert Band Adjudicator
Dr Richard Mason
Dr Richard Mason is an accomplished and versatile artist who has performed professionally throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom.
This experience encompasses orchestral and chamber music; Australian Defence Force bands; recording for radio, television and films; and performances in major international festivals. Richard has premiered numerous works by some of Australia’s leading composers. In 2016, Richard joined the Australian Regular Army after a period in the part-time forces and is currently the Music Director and Second-in-Command of the Australian Army Band-Adelaide.
Richard is highly committed to educating and developing musicians and has spent over two decades concurrently teaching in the Australian tertiary and secondary education sectors. These roles have included positions at the University of Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts, Xavier College, and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.
Richard’s qualifications include; a Master’s Degree in clarinet and bass clarinet from the Victorian College of the Arts; a PhD, and postgraduate qualifications from the University of Melbourne; and study in Amsterdam funded by the Erasmus Foundation.