Our music would be nothing without the guidance and leadership of our Musical Director and Conductors

 

Musical Director and Concert Band Conductor

Clayton

Clayton Fiander BMus(Hons) FTCL LTCL

Clayton commenced his musical career playing the Euphonium in 1977 and two years later joined the Australian Army as an apprentice musician. While in the army, Clayton continued studying music gaining a Licentiate from Trinity College London on trombone in 1985 and in 1990 he successfully gained a Fellowship from Trinity College London. In 1995 after leaving the Australian Army, Clayton was appointed as the Principal Bass Trombone with Canberra Symphony Orchestra and enrolled in a Bachelor of Music course where he was awarded a Bachelor of Music with first class Honours from Newcastle University. Clayton has played with many excellent ensembles including the Percy Grainger Ensemble, NSW Ambulance Service Band, St Marys A Grade Brass Band, and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He has extensive professional experience in ballet, orchestral, concert band, brass band, big and swing bands, rock band, and brass ensembles of various sizes.

Clayton has thirty years experience in conducting and has conducted top ensembles such as Canberra Wind Ensemble and Albury Concert Band where he started their woodwind quintet, brass ensemble and trombone choir. As a music educator Clayton has taught in New South Wales schools and held the position of Brass Lecturer at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music and the Murray Conservatorium of Music.

He has recently moved to the Sunshine Coast and he hopes to be able to pass on his knowledge of, and passion for music to other musicians and join with them in spreading entertainment and enjoyment through the community.

In July 2017 Clayton was appointed as Musical Director of the Buderim Concert Band which is fortunate to have Clayton's services and leadership and looks forward to a long and exciting partnership.

 

Assistant Conductor

Damiana

Damian Bowden

Damian is a foundation member of the Buderim Concert Band and is now our Assistant Conductor, Vice President and euphonium player. Damian graduated high school at Matthew Flinders Anglican College in Buderim and it is here in his final years of high school that he found his passion for music under the direction of champion tenor horn player, John Thomas. Damian commenced his musical journey specialising in percussion and quickly became a proficient timpanist. 

In 1999, Damian graduated from Matthew Flinders and travelled to China and Hong Kong with the Young Conservatoriums’ "Queensland Symphonic Winds", performing at multiple venues including the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under legendary timpanist, Alan Cumberland.

While undertaking university studies in Brisbane, Damian had to leave the Buderim Concert Band but remained committed to his musical pursuits and took up the euphonium with the Brisbane Municipal Concert Band. He started conducting in the role of Musical Director of Maryborough Brass whilst on a work posting for several years on the Fraser Coast.

On returning for work to Brisbane, Damian re-joined the Buderim Concert Band playing the euphonium. Since then, he has taken on the responsibilities of Assistant Conductor and the band's Vice President.       

 

 

Intern Conductor and Beginners Band Program Administrator

Myron Myron Cheney 

Myron was born in the United States and spent his early years there. His first experience with music was in the New York state school system where he started learning euphonium in grade 2 and moving on to cornet in grade 5. In 1965 he migrated to Australia with his family but did not continue in music as there were no music programs in the Queensland school system at the time. At the age of 19 he began playing bass guitar in a covers band with his brothers and continued to play bass for many years with his local church band. After finishing university in 1995, he returned to his first love of brass and commenced learning trombone with the Australian Music Academy's Adult Starters Program. He has been playing trombone ever since.

As a result of his own second chance to get back into brass through the Adult Starters Program, Myron has had a passion to bring a similar program to the Sunshine Coast. In October 2015 the Buderim Concert Bands Beginner Band Program commenced with 20 keen prospective musicians. This program has now produced the Development Band which he conducts.

Myron has been with the Buderim Concert Band since 2002 when moving to the Sunshine Coast for employment. He is a past president of the band and conducted for a period of time when the band was unexpectedly left without a conductor. It is here he became interested in conducting. He is now retired and fills in many of those little jobs required in the band, conducts the Development Band and occasionally conducts the Concert Band.

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