Musical Directors

Howard Taylor | Brisbane XLCR

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.

Dale Hosking | Windsor Brass

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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