Those of you who have followed the band for a long time will be familiar with Nigel and his success with the band.
Originally from Wales, Nigel spent a number of years working with the world’s top brass bands before moving to New Zealand for a new life. Nigel lead Dalewool through much of the 1990s and 2000s cementing them in place as the southern hemisphere’s premier brass band.
After more than ten years at the helm the band and Nigel were ready for new pastures and an amicable parting of ways occurred. Nigel is now head of music at Maclean’s College and is in demand across Australia and New Zealand as an artistic director for all kinds of musical ensembles.
To re-employ such an outstanding musical director on a permanent basis is a great coup for the band. In the short time Nigel has been in front of the band a marked improvement has already occurred. After a good break, the band and Nigel are both delighted to be working together again.
Thanks must go to our outgoing professional conductor Howard Taylor in Brisbane who is also off to exciting new things, the band has thrived under his leadership and we will maintain a working relationship with our good friend. Thanks also to Billy Middleton and our own Darrel Farley who have covered as required. The band is lucky to have such talent waiting in reserve!