Principal Players

Musical Director - Dwayne Bloomfield

Musical Director - Dwayne Bloomfield

Dwayne Bloomfield was born and raised in Timaru where he started learning the Euphonium at 10 years of age with the Timaru Municipal Band. He then went on to join the New Zealand Army Band in 1987.

There have been many highlights with his time in the NZ Army Band including the 1988 Bicentennial Tattoo in Australia, trips to Greece and Crete, Washington DC, Vanuatu, Edinburgh, Gallipoli, Italy and Switzerland.

Dwayne took up conducted the Alpine Energy Timaru Band 1998, a position he held for 15 years. In this time Timaru was successful at Nationals Competitions with several wins under their belt, promoting them from the C Grade to the B Grade which on their first year promoted won the title of Australian B Grade Champions in Tasmania. For the last 2 years Dwayne successfully took up the role of musical director of the Ascot Invercargill Brass Band. Dwayne is a regular judge at contests also.

Dwayne was with the NZ Army Band for 26 years, holding many positions including Bandmaster from 2005 to 2010. Dwayne also developed an interest in arranging and composing and is now internationally known. An interest in New Zealand’s military history inspired him to compose the works, “Behold the Narrows from the Hill” based on the battle of Chunuk Bair in Gallipoli, “Passchendaele October 12th 1917” “Lone Pine” for the National Australian Band and recently the “Battle of Gate Pa”

Dwayne's recent composition 7.1, in rememberance of the Christchurch Earthquakes. This thought provoking work includes the use of many bass drums placed around the audience to give a very real effect of the sound and a small vibrating sensation as close as can be replicated to an earthquake.

He also composed the march which was played by the New Zealand Army Band during the procession through the streets of Wellington. Other works include “To the Sky” for the 100th anniversary of Richard Pearce’s first flight, “Fernleaf Headstones” – slow march for the New Zealand Unknown Warrior and “Epiphany” commissioned by the 2007 New Zealand National Band.

Dwayne successfully passed his LRSM in Directing and LTCL in Performance (Euphonium). Since leaving the NZ Army Band he has taken on a career in real estate with Ray White Rolleston.

Dwayne looks forward to taking up the role of Musical Director of Leopards Coachlines Canterbury Brass, and working with the band to great success.

Principal Cornet - Kevin McMorran

Principal Cornet - Kevin McMorran

Kevin began his banding career on the West Coast and had considerable early success. He gained selection in the National Youth Band on four separate occasions and won the Junior Cornet solo title in 1978.

In 1981, Kevin moved to Christchurch where he joined the Woolston Band then conducted by Mervyn Waters. Under the expert guidance of Mr Waters, Kevin was able to gain much success as a soloist both at provincial and national level.

Kevin was selected for the National Band of New Zealand in 1985 and subsequently gained selection for the 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2014 National bands.

In 1995, Kevin was appointed as Principal Cornet of Canterbury Brass. At the National Contest in New Plymouth in 1997, he won the "Shell Soloist of the Year" title.

Principal Horn - Emma McMorran

Principal Horn - Emma McMorran

Emma McMorran started playing cornet for fun on and off from age 4. At age nine Emma started properly and decided to play the tenor horn.

Under the tutelage of Bill Vail, Emma progressed quickly through Woolston junior and Woolston concert band, and achieved much success in provincial solos, including winning the under 17 air varie in 2014 and 2016.

Emma was selected for the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 National Secondary Schools Brass Band of New Zealand. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Emma was also selected for the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand.

Emma joined Canterbury Brass in 2015, when she was 15 years old and was appointed Principal Horn in 2017.

Principal Euphonium - Joel Williams

Principal Euphonium - Joel Williams

Joel was born and grew up in Australia, and started playing brass at a young age. He began on trumpet playing in his school band, and soon after Joel picked up the cornet, playing for St. Mary’s Brass band in Western Sydney.

 

After some years playing trumpet in big bands touring Europe including the Montreux Jazz Festival and numerous contests with St. Mary’s, it was time for him to change instrument. Joel then took up Bb bass and moved to Christchurch in 2012 to join the New Zealand Army Band and Woolston Brass.  

 

In 2012, Joel was invited to play for the Festival Brass Band, and along the way, on tuba, Joel was also selected for two Australian National Youth Bands, one New Zealand National Youth Band, and one New Zealand National Band. In 2014 Joel also played principal Eb bass for Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass.

 

Upon return from the New Zealand National Band tour of China, Joel found himself moving to euphonium, and is now sitting Principal Euphonium with the New Zealand Army Band and with Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass.

Principal Eb Bass - Matthew Harris

Principal Eb Bass - Matthew Harris

Matthew is currently studying Music and Commerce at the University of Canterbury. He began his musical career at the age of eight when he was made a chorister of the Christchurch Cathedral Choir. Matthew learned the Tuba at the age of 11 and has played in Brass Bands ever since. He became a member of Canterbury Brass in 2014 and was appointed the Principal Bass. As well as playing for Canterbury and still singing at the cathedral, Matthew plays the Double Bass for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Over his career, he has played for the National Secondary Schools’ Band, National Youth Band, NZ Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Matthew hopes to continue his musical career after he graduates.