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Musical Director

David Thompson AdvDipMgt, ATCL

David Thompson grew up on the NSW Central Coast and acted upon his love of music by joining a local brass band at the age of eight. He was fortunate enough to live in an area that appealed to many Australian jazz musicians of note and was able to capitalise on a myriad of professional tutors available to help shape his knowledge of music.

After high school, David worked for several years as a professional musician before enlisting in the Australian Army in 1999 as a trumpet player. After completing Recruit and Basic Musician training, he was posted to Australian Army Band Kapooka. In the years since, David has resided in Australian Army Bands in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and currently, Newcastle.

While still having the junior rank of Corporal, David was selected to attend the Defence Force Band Officer Course held at the Melbourne based Defence Force School of Music. Between 2007 and 2009, David received daily tuition from an array of Australia’s leading conductors, composers and music educators, completing the Course with the Percy Grainger prize for best student, the ABODA prize for the best concert band arrangement and the Commandant’s prize for the best conductor.

During his time in the Australian Band Corps, David has conducted, performed with and tutored a wide array of ensembles. Augmenting these experiences are four tours of East Timor, two tours of Bougainville and a recent entertainment tour of Afghanistan, in addition to work within Papua New Guinea, Brunei and Dubai.

David is an established composer and arranger and features as a trumpet player, particularly in the realm of jazz music.

David is currently the Musical Director of Australian Army Band Newcastle, a position that he will retain until the end of 2015. While in Newcastle, David has sought to lift the profile of both the Army Band and other musical groups in the civilian community. This has led to his having tutelage and performance opportunities within various ensembles ranging from junior level school age bands to some of Newcastle’s most prominent professional ensembles.

David was appointed Musical Director of CNL Brass on 24 June 2015. He replaced John Kellaway, who, because of University commitments, resigned on 17 June 2015, after two years in this role.

Under David’s baton, the band will continue its participation in community events, support ANZAC Services, present concerts in its own right and accept the challenge of improving its standard of performance by contesting at Regional , State and. when able, National Band Contests.

Upcoming Events

7:30 pm “CROSSROADS” CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHI... @ St Andrews Anglican Church Hall
“CROSSROADS” CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHI... @ St Andrews Anglican Church Hall
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
“Crossroads” is a Christian group that organises weekly entertainment for developmentally disabled adults.  This is the second of two concerts that CNL Brass presents each year.  Each concert is about seventy-five minutes in duration. PLEASE[...]