Musical Director

Wayne Bowden is a highly decorated soloist and was international soloist of the year at the Ern Keller Memorial competition in 1991. Winner of 8 Champion of Champions in a single 12 month period, Wayne was the Australian National Euphonium Champion 11 times, Victorian Euphonium Champion 19 times, and the Victorian Trombone Champion 3 times. In 1980 Wayne was written into the history books as the only Australian ever to have won both the Australian and New Zealand Champion of Champions in the same year. The Victorian Bands League has honoured Wayne by naming their Champion of Champions Trophy in recognition of his accomplishments as a soloist.

Wayne Bowden has represented Australia internationally in the Errol Mason Brass Musician of the Year on 2 occasions, recorded with the BBC in London in 1984 as a Euphonium soloist and performed in the 1984 Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. He has also performed with the Melbourne Symphony orchestra on Euphonium.

Wayne is frequently asked to adjudicate at solo and ensemble competitions as well as Eisteddfod’s within Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. He has been guest conductor and trainer to bands in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia and has adjudicated jazz ensembles and wind bands at the Melbourne Bands Festival.

Today Wayne is the Director of bands and brass lecturer at Geelong grammar school, Corio campus and has been since 1984. As a conductor he has lead a number of community music ensembles to victory in the competition and concert arenas. From 1995 to 1998 Wayne was musical director of the Victorian state youth band before going on to take Sunshine band in 2007 and later Hawthorn band in 2011 where he is currently.