Musical Director: Bruce Raymond OAM is known Nationally and Internationally for leading music groups particularly Brass Bands. He has had a long career as a music educator and recently as Head of Music at a large school. Over some years he grew and developed the K & N brass band and lead it to be the Australian National A grade Champions and on tours of the UK. He has also been in the SA Government Public Service as CEO of a large Department. He started playing brass instruments with the Salvation Army Band in Unley and became a well-known trumpet player while managing to play football with Sturt for which he is still well-known. He now directs the Tanunda Town Band and arranges music for their various performances including with visiting artists at the long-running MelodieNacht. He is currently the Chair of the South Australian Band Association and on the National Band Council of Australia. For his services to music and the development of young musicians he was awarded the Order of Australia in 2020.
Cornet: Kevin Joughin started playing the cornet taught by his Grandfather in Christchurch, NZ at the age of 8 , He has been involved with brass bands on both sides of the Tasman and has played throughout Europe, USA/Canada with the National Band of New Zealand during the 70's and played Principal Cornet for 8 Years with New Zealand's winning brass band. He moved to Australia in 1984 and was Principal Cornet for 30 Years with K & N Brass. Kevin has won several Australian and New Zealand National Solo competitions over the years including winning the International event in Sydney in 2004 called "The Ern Keller International Soloist of the Year" . He is the only person from South Australia to have won this prestigious event.
Cornet: Alicia Ludi-Schultz started paying tenor horn at the age of 7 with the Tanunda Town Band and to this day is the youngest member to receive life membership. She had a number of local teachers, including the late Galvin John who coached her to win numerous solo performance titles. After hearing Alicia play cornet at a national solo competition, Professor David King invited her to study at Salford University in the UK where she gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Music Performance and performed with a championship section band in the Royal Albert Hall. Alicia enjoys all kinds of music but especially loves brass.
Cornet: Julie Dorey started playing the Cornet when she was very young with the Enfield Junior Band. Later as she improved she joined K & N Brass, and is now playing principal Cornet. Julie also guests for the Campbelltown City Band on principal Cornet. Brass bands have been part of her life for 43 years and she continues to love it. Julie's favourite music is brass band music, but she also enjoys country and blues.
Cornet: Manon Minck has been playing the Cornet for almost 10 years now. Her first and longest experience playing in brass bands was with the Marion City brass band, which she was introduced to 8 years ago by her trumpet teacher Jim Dempsey at the time. She has always admired the talents and skills that come from brass band players and has always wanted to be a part of that experience. Manon is studying Art at university and brass music is something that will always be a part of her life.
Flugel Horn: Noah Tilley has been playing the trumpet for 15 years. Having grown up on the Eyre Peninsula, he moved to Adelaide in 2013 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance at the Elder Conservatorium. Within a total of four years (two spent in the jazz specialisation) he completed a Bachelor of Classical Performance and went on to obtain a Master of Teaching qualification. Performing in a variety of ensembles such as big bands, symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, latin jazz ensembles and brass bands, Noah gained exposure to a diversity of music which has influenced and shaped a passion for arranging and composing. Noah currently resides in the Barossa, teaching at Nuriootpa High School and playing / writing for the Tanunda Town Band.
Tenor Horn: Thomas Ludi started playing cornet at the age of ten and after a few years joined his local brass band in his home country of Switzerland. He later switched to Tenor horn and worked his way up to championship grade band, Luzern. He went to study music at Salford University under Sheona White before emigrating to Australia where he now plays principal horn with the Tanunda Town Band and is musical director of Marananga Brass Band. He loves all kinds of music but particularly brass bands.
Bass Trombone: BJ O'Donovan (BJ) started his musical journey as a trumpet player at school and later joined the Marion City Band. From there he Studied at the Elder Conservatorium and completed his Bachelor of Classical Euphonium Performance with Honours in 2015. BJ has had a varied career working as a Brass Instrumental Teacher, Orchestral Manager for Elder Conservatorium, Casual Operations and Casual Bass Trombone for Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Darwin Symphony, founding member of Adelaide Wind Orchestra and many other local community music groups. BJ co-owns and operates Gustafson Custom Horns, an Australian centre of innovation for brass instrument modification and repair that services and maintains relationships with players from every major orchestra in Australia and abroad.
Tenor Trombone: Thomas Voss is a freelance trombonist, composer/ arranger and educator performing on stage in a variety of ensembles with artists such as James Morrison, Kate Ceberano and Michelle Nicolle. He completed his Bachelor of Music (with First Class Honours) in 2017 and was awarded the Helpmann Academy’s 2017 Award for Best Overall Graduate. He placed first in the International Trombone Association’s 2017 ‘Carl Fontana Jazz Competition’. In 2020 he was selected to be Lead Trombone in the Australian National Jazz Orchestra
Tenor Trombone: Edward Koltun graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music (First-Class Honours), receiving the Macquarie Award from the Helpmann Academy. He has since gone on to perform with many of Adelaide's leading ensembles including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Band of the South Australia Police, the Adelaide Concert Collective and the Adelaide Concert Orchestra. An active educator, Edward has played with numerous community ensembles and is a founding member of both the Adelaide Wind Orchestra and the Adelaide Big Band.
Tenor Trombone: Charlie Thomas is an enthusiastic versatile trombonist, currently freelancing in Adelaide. He graduated from the Elder Conservatorium in 2017, completing an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music. He regularly performs with the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, K&N Brass Band and 10-piece Latin Band “Ah Hum!”. In 2018 Charlie became a casual trombonist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and is currently teaching at schools around Adelaide and at the Elder Conservatorium's Open Music Academy.
Bb Euphonium/ Eb Bass: Steven Packer started playing brass instruments on the cornet at age 12. He changed to Euphonium at age 16 and later became a full time professional brass player with a 20 year career in both the RAN & NZ navy bands as a lower brass player (Tuba and Trombone) and conductor. Steve conducts the Mitcham City brass band. His favourite kind of music is brass / military and big band
Eb Bass/ Bbb Bass: TristanKillmier started playing tuba at school, and after a long break since school, he took up Tuba again in 2015. He likes playing a range of brass music from hymns through to marches and competition test pieces. He plays with the Tanunda Town Band in the Barossa Valley.
Percussion: Thomas Tryfopoulos enjoys playing brass music as a hobby on percussion, and occasionally gets involved in the local theatre industry. Thomas is currently studying Accountancy, but in time would love to go and study music at the Elder Conservatorium. He wants to continue brass banding for as long as he can before he loses his percussion stick and become a conductor!
Percussion: Cameron Walker Cameron has been playing drums and tuned percussion for 15 years and is studying classical percussion at the University of Adelaide. He plays with the Gawler town band and the Tanunda town band. He also teaches drums and percussion privately and at Trinity College Gawler.