David Bremner is Principal trombone of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to this appointment, he was principal trombone of the Auckland Philharmonia.Born in New Plymouth, David began his early musical studies on cornet and euphonium under the tutelage of his father Trevor Bremner. After moving to Trombone he went on to graduate with honours from Victoria University of Wellington studying with Marc Taddei. He was awarded the prestigious Patricia Pratt Scholarship to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and graduated with a Master of Music degree studying with Mark Lawrence. During this time he was a finalist in the Gisborne Music Competition, placed 3rd in the NZ Young Musicians Competition, and won the Shenson Young Musicians competition in California.As a soloist, David has performed concertos with the NZ Symphony Orchestra, including the world premier of Gareth Farr’s trombone concerto ‘Funambulistic Strains’, recorded Lyell Cresswell’s concerto ‘Kaia’ for Naxos Records, was one of 7 featured NZSO Principals in Eve De Castro- Robinson’s ‘The Glittering hosts of Heaven’, and performed Sandstrom’s Double Trombone Concerto with Christian Lindberg.In 2009 his debut solo CD Gung-Ho, featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the National Brass Band of NZ, won the Classical Music Award at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards.A versatile musician, David has recorded with the New Zealand rock band ‘Crowded House’, performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, as well as many brass bands across Australasia and the UK. He is a founding member of ‘Bonanza’ Trombone Quartet, and is Music Director of the 2013/14/15 Champion Band of NZ, and 2015 Australian Champion Band, Wellington Brass.Bremner is heavily involved in music education in NZ, previously teaching trombone at the NZ School of Music for over 10 years, and is currently a trustee of the Kia Ora Foundation. He is also the presenter of Brilliant Brass on Radio Concert.
In June 2003 Christchurch-born Douglas Cross was appointed Principal Trombone of the Auckland Philharmonia.Upon completion of his Bachelor of Music at Victoria University, Douglas studied for his Master of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, graduating in 2000. During the past several years he has contracted with the NZSO as Acting Principal Trombone, and has held principal positions with the Vector Wellington Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony.In 2000 Douglas played Bass Trombone with Orchestre Internazionale d’Italia at the 26th Festival della Valle D’Itria. He has also performed with such artists as Ray Charles and Shirley Bassey.In addition to his position with the Auckland Philharmonia, Douglas played Bass Trombone with Dalewool Auckland Brass (which recently won the 2003 New Zealand National Brass Band Championships), and plays with The New Zealand Chamber Brass of which he was a founding member in 2004.
Kevin Dell, who joined the firm more than 30 years ago, has specialised solely in corporate and commercial law since the late 1980s.He is regularly called on by the Lawlink network to draft complex legal precedents, testament to his experience and eye for detail. Those skills have also seen him become a legal figurehead in the electricity sector, including his role as a key advisor during the recent power company buy-outs.Kevin’s expertise is sought out by the forestry industry, too, where he represents both New Zealand-based and international companies. He has also specialised in financing and securities for more than 20 years, acting for several leading southern finance companies.For Kevin, though, it’s not all multimillion dollar deals. He continues to work with small and medium-sized businesses, ensuring they have the right legal support and frameworks in place to prosper. He advises motel businesses on sales, purchases, leases and management and also has a special interest in restructuring, trademarks and franchises.“All of the work makes you think and there’s a challenge in all of it,” he says. “I enjoy the variety of the work. No one job is the same as the next.”The majority of his diverse clientele is based in Southland, where the commercial scene is both “demanding and exciting.”Kevin’s experience has been drawn on by professional organisations, including the Southland and New Zealand law societies, where he has held several key positions.The father of seven has served on school boards, is active in the arts and acts as Honorary Solicitor for a number of non-profit organisations.An accomplished musician, Kevin was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2003 for his work with brass bands and the community.
The son of Woolston legend Dave Johnston, Phil was born in Christchurch and raised in Blenheim where he was taught by his father and inducted into the Malborough Band.NZ Champion BBb Bass fifteen times, Champion of Champions twice and winner of the prestigious Ern Kellar International Brass Musician of the years award, Phil has toured Europe, the USA and New Zealand as a member of four National Bands.Phil joined the RNZ Navy Band in 1996 an then transferred to the NZ Army Band in 1997. He was Course Managaer of the Mutual Assistance Programme from 2005 to 2007 and he was appointed Deputy Bandmaster in January 2008 before assuming the role of Drum Major, and now Band Master of the NZ Army Band.