The NZCBA Executive recently welcomed Brent Parry.
A graduate of the Australian Army School of Music and with LTCL and Grad ASM (Hons) qualifications, Brent has completed advanced level courses in conducting, harmony, orchestration, arranging, history & form of music and drum majoring. As a professional musician for 45 years, Brent has conducted many concert bands, brass bands, big bands, choirs and orchestras throughout Queensland and South Australia, and was principal French horn player in the Burnside Symphony Orchestra, Central Queensland University Orchestra and the Band of the South Australia Police. Highlights of his career included performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Australia’s Bicentennial celebrations, and participating in the Brisbane Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in 1982. Brent has worked as an itinerant music teacher at several colleges in Queensland and South Australia and subsequently as a private French horn, trumpet, trombone and tuba teacher.
At the end of 2014, Brent relocated from Adelaide to Kinloch, New Zealand and has been Music Director of the Taupō Concert Band for the past twelve months. Since the move, he has also been active in composing and arranging music and tutors French horn students. In September 2015, he was invited to be a guest conductor at the combined ‘Big Music Day’ held at the Great Lake Centre in Taupō, involving around 200 students from surrounding districts.
In his spare time, Brent enjoys painting, cooking, golf and fly fishing. He also has a passion for coffee making and is a qualified barista.