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Musical Director

Mr. Bruce Rowlatt, Musical Director
A.Mus.A, L.T.C.L, Dip.Mus.Ed, B.Mus.Ed 

Bruce commenced learning the violin at age 7 and completed studies at The Newcastle Conservatorium of Music under Errol Collins.

He has extensive experience as an orchestral player having played with The Newcastle Symphony, The Conservatorium Symphony, The Wollongong Symphony and The Hunter Symphony Orchestras.

Bruce is in his 39th year as a High School Music Teacher and is presently in his 17th year at the Hunter School of Performing Arts (HSPA). During this time he has taught students who have achieved very high levels in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) including 2 who gained FIRST place in the State.

Bruce has spent most of his career conducting a range of musical groups including Concert Bands, Brass Bands, Orchestras, Choirs and String Orchestras. He had been Musical Director for numerous Musicals such as Oliver, Sentimental Bloke, The Pirates of Penzance, West Side Story, Les Miserables, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Wizard of Oz and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Bruce has been nominated twice for the CONDA – City of Newcastle Drama Awards for ‘Excellence in Musical Direction’. 2014 The Wizard of Oz (HSPA) and 2015 Thoroughly Modern Millie (HSPA).

He currently conducts the String Orchestra at HSPA. This Orchestra took out 1st Place at the 2017 National Eisteddfod Canberra in both the Junior and Open Divisions. Bruce has also won many State / National Championships and Podium placing’s with different Bands at HSPA during his tenure.

Bruce spent 22 years in The Army Reserve playing saxophone with the Australia Army Band Newcastle (AABN) being Band Sergeant for a number of those years.

He has a love of working with groups of people to make music. He is a past Musical Director of The City of Maitland Brass Band and has also led The Illawarra Regional Band, Concord Youth Band, The State School Symphony Orchestra, The State School Symphonic Wind Band and Orchestra Nova.

Bruce Rowlatt was appointed Musical Director of CNL Brass 28th June 2017. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and looks forward to his time with the Band.

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CNL Brass has entered this Online event, competing in Open C Grade Brass. The band will present three titles (from a maximum limit of four). The music chosen is: The Cossack (a March) St Lawrence[...]