Tutors

Adrian Dalton

Adrian has always been a Tuba player since starting out aged 7 at Talbot County Combined School in his native Dorset (UK).

In 1997 he moved to Yorkshire to study music under Philip McCann and Andrew Duncan at Huddersfield University. Whilst living in the heart of brass band country he appeared with Brighouse & Rastrick and the world famous Black Dyke Mills Band. He graduated from Huddersfield in 2000 and continued to live and teach in the area until moving to Gloucester in 2004 where he played for The Flowers Band.

Adrian's love of Christchurch started as early as 2003 when he played for local A-Grade band Canterbury Brass at the NZ Nationals in Rotorua whilst on a backpacking trip with his now wife Olive, returning the following year for another enjoyable national contest here in Christchurch.

Adrian and Olive made the permanent move here in September 2011 and are enjoying the freedom and opportunities the city provides for them and their two young daughters Catherine and Eabha.

Matt Toomata

Originally from Southland, Matt began playing tuba at the age of 15 and soon joined Ascot Park Hotel Auxiliary Brass. During this time Matt was selected for two National Secondary Schools Brass Bands in 2006 & 2007, before moving up to the A-grade Ascot Park Hotel Brass.

2008 saw Matt selected for the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand before a shift to Dunedin to study at the University of Otago. He joined St Kilda Brass and during his time with the band Matt held a variety of positions including principal bass. Matt was selected again in 2009 for the Youth Band’s tour of New Zealand and Japan. This same year, Matt won the Open E-flat Bass championship and the Pat Cole Medal for the youngest winner of an Open solo. Following this, a change of instrument led to studying performance euphonium under the tutelage of Dr Errol Moore.

Whilst in Dunedin, Matt had the opportunity to perform with several other groups outside of the brass band world. This included the Taieri Musical Society as a cast member in 2012’s Jesus Christ Superstar and as an orchestra member for their 2013 production of Les Miserables. In 2013 Matt returned to playing the tuba and he joined the Southern Sinfonia, which culminated in their tour to Japan for Asia Orchestra Week 2013.

In 2014 Matt was again selected for the National Youth Brass Band. He then moved to Christchurch and originally got involved with Nor'west Brass as an assistant conductor in Bill's absence. As well as tutoring, Matt also plays for Woolston Brass

Bill Vail

Bill started playing the Tenor Horn at the age of 9 on the South Coast of England. He played in the Hampshire County Youth Band through his teenage years moving up the ranks to attain the position of Principal Horn. His time there culminated with the band winning the title of Champion Youth Brass Band of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall in 1983.

Bill moved to Leeds in 1986 to follow a career in the Electronics Industry. This move to the heart of the banding world afforded many valuable opportunities which led to a position as a soloist in the Yorkshire Imperial Band. During his time with this band it was ranked number 2 amongst some big named bands in the Yorkshire area, and around sixth in the Brass Band World rankings.

In 1995 Bill moved to New Zealand and has since held positions of principal horn and deputy director for the Addington and Woolston bands as well as playing horn for the National Brass Band of New Zealand in 2003, 2005, 2014 & 2016. Bill won the NZ Open Horn title in 2001 and has followed this up with nine New Zealand and one Australian national second placings. Currently, as well as conducting at Nor'west Brass, Bill plays principal horn for Canterbury Brass.