Musical Directors

Howard Taylor | Brisbane XLCR MD

After leading bands to success in the UK and NZ, Howard is the current Musical Director of The Brisbane Excelsior Band.

Howard has won 14 National A Grade Championship titles in Australia and New Zealand and 12 State titles with 4 different bands. He held the position of Musical Director of the National Band of New Zealand for 3 years, touring NZ with James Morrison in 2007 and Europe.

His ground-breaking work with bands includes regular trips to Tonga to work with school bands and conductors (starting the very first National Youth Band of Tonga in 2016) and mentoring and adjudicating opportunities throughout Australasia. 

Howard has been employed as Musical Director with Brisbane Festival and Qld Music Festival, most recently working with the aboriginal community in Yarrabah, North Qld, accompanying singers Paul Kelly and Katie Noonan and the legendary Yothu Yindi.

He holds a Master of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and has just been appointed the Director of the Conservatorium Brass Band. Howard runs his own company, Taylormade Music Australia, national distributors for all PInstruments (Pbone, Ptrumpets) and John Packer Woodwind and Brass.

Jared Proellocks | XLCR Assistant MD

Jared is currently the Head of Performance Music at Citipointe Christian College, after ten years of working within esteemed music and performance programs at Sheldon College, John Paul College and Villanova College. He is currently overseeing a period of growth within Citipointe Academy of the Arts, with an additional 200 students involved in co-curricular ensembles and tuition over the past two years.

As an additional commitment to music education, Jared worked voluntarily in 2018-2020 to establish ‘Just Brass’ at Carindale Salvation Army, the first of this program in Brisbane. This music program opportunity sees the Salvation Army partner with local state schools in low socio-economic areas to deliver music lessons and a band program, at no cost to the students involved. Throughout the last fifteen years, Jared has been involved in other community music and education camps, workshops and programs.

Jared still performs and competes around the world as part of various ensembles, recently touring China (Brisbane Excelsior) and the United States (Territorial Youth Band). In 2012 he was invited to take part in the ‘Top Brass’ Band, on tuba, a band comprising some of the best brass players from the East Coast of Australia. Jared is currently a playing member of (ten time) national brass band champions Brisbane Excelsior, and the Territorial Youth Band of the Salvation Army. He is a skilled conductor and is currently Bandmaster of the Carindale Salvation Army Band, and Assistant Musical Director for the Brisbane Excelsior Band (of which he is currently acting Musical Director in 2020). Jared is often engaged to run workshops and clinics within the brass field and has travelled interstate to lead at music camps and guest conduct bands and musical ensembles.

In his spare time Jared enjoys composing and arranging music, with over 20 brass band works now published by the Salvation Army in both Australia and the United Kingdom, and concert band works performed by school ensembles around Brisbane. In 2017 Jared was named as one of the ‘Ten Emerging Composers to watch’ by

Dale Hosking | Windsor Brass MD

Dale began playing the cornet in the Townsville Brass Academy, under the direction of his father, Roy in 1991. His progression through the Academy led to playing positions with the Townsville Brass Junior Band before being promoted to the senior band in 1993. Growing up, Dale regularly competed in solo competitions at both state and regional contests and the annual Townsville Eisteddfod.

In 2001, Dale was promoted to Principal Cornet of the then A Grade Townsville Brass Band. A position he held for the next two years. In 2003, he attended his first Queensland Youth Band and was named Principal Cornet, under the direction of Howard Taylor. That same year, Dale moved to Brisbane to study at the Queensland University of Technology and took up a playing position with Brisbane Excelsior. Over the next 4 years, he played both Solo and Soprano cornet with the band and also won a National Soprano Cornet championship in 2005. Upon graduation from university, Dale returned to Townsville to take up a teaching position at a local high school. He jumped at the chance to return to the Principal Cornet chair with Townsville for a year before taking over as their Music Director for the following 9 years. As the conductor of Townsville Brass, he led the band to a B Grade national title in 2014, as well as keeping up his solo playing taking out the 2008 and 2012 national B-Flat Cornet titles.

In 2017, Dale returned to Brisbane and to Brisbane Excelsior where he was appointed to the position of Principal Cornet. At the 2019 National Band Championships, Dale won his 3rd national cornet title. In his spare time, Dale is the Musical Director of the Windsor Brass Band and a teacher and band director at the Ferny Grove State High School.


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