Craig began learning to play at age 13 while studying at Wanganui Boys College. By the age of 15 he was member of the then Tenderkist Wanganui City Silver Band.
In 1990 he joined as a territorial with the RNZAF Base Ohakea Band near Palmerston North. Craig spent the next 13 years enjoying his time as a territorial with the Air Force travelling up and down the country. In 1993 he travelled to Scotland with his Wanganui Band and the Wellington Lochiel Marching Team for 6 weeks to perform a joint marching display at the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
In 2003 Craig decided to make a career change and to move to Auckland to join the Royal New Zealand Navy Band as a tuba player. He has enjoyed his time in the band and also enjoyed the travel.
Craig has been fortunate enough to travel to Gallipoli for the ANZAC day commemorations. He has also been to South Korea, Australia, Tonga and Samoa as well as up and down NZ.
In mid 2006, Craig joined Dalewool Auckland Brass and he often wonders why he didn’t join earlier when he moved up to Auckland. Mind you he did play for the opposition Waitakere Brass for the first 3 years!
Craig is supported by his lovely wife Judy of nearly 20 years of marriage and his three teenage children Samantha, Taylor & Brandon.
My banding started out with the Paraparaumu and Districts Pipe Band (now Kapiti Coast Pipes and Drums) at the age of 11 however being involved in bands was almost a certainty.
My Grandmother was a bass and tenor drummer in the Wellington Ladies Pipe Band and my Great Aunt was a piper back in the 1940’s. My father (a piper) and mother (a bass/tenor drummer) were also members of the band.
The desire to become a Drum Major started early when at the age of approximately four years old, I told the then Drum Major, Sonny McGrath that I wanted his job.
I have played Snare, Bass and Tenor drums in competitions. An opportunity at a local school gala parade to jump out the front presented itself and I leaped at the chance. Gradually my involvement as a playing member lessened.
Kay MacKenzie is a Scottish musician specialising in brass tuition and composition.
Studying in the heart of brass banding of Yorkshire, England, Kay completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Huddersfield in 2003 under the expert guidance of cornet virtuoso Phillip McCann. Following this, a passion for composition led Kay to return to her roots in Scotland and undertake a Masters degree in composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Here she was granted the prestigious distinction award in this degree and has since been a regularly commissioned composer of original works, many of which have a prominent brass flavour.
Kay immigrated to New Zealand in 2006 after being head-hunted by the highly regarded Dalewool Auckland Brass Band to relocate and perform with them over here on the soprano cornet. Since then, she has been an advocate for youth music in the community, having been employed as an itinerant tutor of music and director of the NZCT Auckland Brass Academy.
Kay has recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Teaching Secondary School Education at the University of Auckland and received a first in course award for this. This has secured her a full-time position at the vibrant and highly successful MacLeans College, teaching classroom music under the wing of their Head of Department, Nigel Weeks.
Wanganui born Ian O’Malley started his brass career on the Tenor Horn at the age of nine with Wanganui City Brass. After only a short while on the instrument he was taken under Kevin Jarrett’s wing and was fortunate enough to continue tuition with him right through until the end of his high school education at Wanganui High School.
He made the switch from Tenor Horn to Baritone very early on, on which he stayed until year 13. Ian achieved success during these years on the Baritone, winning six national junior solo and ensemble titles between the ages of 15 and 17, as well as representing Brass Wanganui in a number of National Secondary Schools Brass Bands and National Youth Brass Bands, holding the seat of 1st Baritone in the National Youth Brass Band and Principal Euphonium in the National Secondary Schools Brass Band.
In 2006 Ian moved to Dunedin to study music performance with Welsh Euphonium virtuosi Steve Miles at the University of Otago and he played with the St Kilda Brass Band. A month after his arrival in Dunedin he accompanied the band to Brisbane where he came 2nd in his field in the Australian National Brass Band championships. After the New Zealand National competition later that year, he made a permanent shift to the Euphonium.
During the following two years of his music degree he held the seat of Principal Euphonium for the St Kilda Band and for the National Youth Brass Band. In 2008 Ian worked part time at the Southern Brass Academy as both a conductor and itinerant brass teacher in many primary schools throughout Dunedin.
The next year Ian moved to Wellington to study education at Victoria University. He was again selected as Principal Euphonium for the National Youth Brass Band’s 50th anniversary tour to Japan in July, 2009. Ian moved to Hamilton after the Japan tour, where he still resides. He currently teaches a combined year 4 and 5 class at Marian School in Hamilton East. Ian travels up to Auckland on Monday and Thursday afternoons after school to play 2nd euphonium with Dalewool Auckland Brass.
John Lewis was born in Fiordland. Later, he was brought up on his parent’s dairy farm near Invercargill. He began playing the cornet at age nine with the H&H Cougar Brass Band (now Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Brass) and later went on to study for a Bachelor of Music at the University of Otago in Dunedin.
At this time, John was appointed Principal Cornet of the St Kilda Brass Band. Four years later, John graduated from Otago University with a first class honours degree and won several scholarships for graduating first in his class.
In 1997 he won a Royal Overseas League Scholarship which allowed him to travel to London to perform at St Martins in the Fields, St James Piccadilly, The Great Hall at Dartington International Summer School and at the Royal Overseas League headquarters in London. Following this success, John returned to the books again to study for a diploma in Journalism at the Peter Arnette School of Journalism where he won several more scholarships for graduating first in class. He is an award winning Journalist and was formerly Assistant Editor of Brass Band World Magazine in the United Kingdom. At present, he is a reporter at The Otago Daily Times.
John has won the New Zealand Cornet Championship several times. In 2001, he achieved the incredible, winning not only the New Zealand Cornet Championship, but also the Australian Cornet Championship, the Australian Champion of Champions, the New Zealand Champion of Champions and the New Zealand Invitation Slow Melody Contest – making him the Australasian Champion of Champions and the first to win all five internationally contested events in the same year.
Following his 2001 solo success, John returned to the UK which enabled him to realise his aspirations of playing for one of the finest brass bands in the world – Brighouse and Rastrick. He held the position of Assistant Principal Cornet of B&R from 2001-2005.
More recently, John has been the Principal Cornet of the 2005, 2007 and 2009 National Bands of New Zealand and is the New Zealand 2011 Cornet Champion and Champion of Champions. Dalewool Auckland Brass are very privileged to have someone of John’s pedigree to lead them into the next exciting new episode of the bands history.