The Victorian Bands’ League is pleased to announce that the adjudicator for the 2017 Victorian State Band Championships is Simon Cawthorn.
Simon is a graduate from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of music where he studied trumpet and flugelhorn. Simon has played in various ensembles in Australia including The National Australia Brass (NAB), Hobart Wind Symphony, augmented with the Melbourne Opera company and has been privileged to travel with bands such as Derwent Valley Concert band to Japan, China, Canada and America. As a soloist Simon has won several state and national awards including winning the National open flugelhorn competition at the ANBC in Adelaide 2011. In 2013 Simon was one of three conductors in Australasia to be awarded a Lady Stewart Conducting Bursary to study under Professor David King from the Royal Northern College of music in the UK.
Simon has also been musical director for a number of concert and brass bands including the Hobart and Glenorchy City Concert Brass, Tasmanian Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble and teacher in charge of bands in several schools and colleges. He also received the Tasmanian Bands League Badge of Honour for 2016 for outstanding services to community banding.
Simon has been an assessor and an adjudicator of musical performance and was chief adjudicator at the TBL State solo and party championships and an adjudicator for the National Solo Championships in 2017. He enjoys seeing wind and percussion players reach their full potential and in his spare time he plays drums for Hillsong Hobart.