Preston Band Player List

Principal Cornet:  George Melitsis

Soprano Cornet:  Jared Moore

B-Flat Cornet:  Mel Wilkinson, Andrew McAdam, David Robinson, Mitchell Clack, Peter Caldwell, Rob Ford, Cameron Earl, Ee Shan Pang,  Stuart Ferguson.

Flugel:  Giselle Moore

Tenor Horn:  Llewellyn Morris, Tem Pepere, Ruth Hardman

Baritone:  Jessica Crabbe, Steve Walsh

Euphonium:  Mick Mears, Michael Wells

Trombone:  Chris Lee, Hannah Trewartha, Rob Clarke

E-Flat Tuba:  Clinton Fisk, Nathan Egert

B-Flat Tuba:  John Hardman, John Conway

Percussion:  Adam Grigoropoulos

 

Preston Band Player Interviews:

George Melitsis:

Instrument: Cornet

Been playing brass instruments since: 1992

Year Joined DCB: 1992 (Jack’s Juniors)

Previous Bands: Nil

Favourite Brass Band Piece: Spiriti

Band highlights: Performing Spiriti at the 2016 Nationals

Occupation: Teacher

 

Jared Moore:

Instrument: Soprano Cornet

Other instruments: Bb Cornet

Year Joined DCB: 2013

Previous Bands: Moorabbin Brass, Hawthorn Band

Favourite Brass Band Piece: Tristan Encounters & In Memorium (Royal Parks)

Band highlights: Beers after Nationals

Other hobbies: Being a father (no time!), clay target shooting

Occupation: Retail area manager

 

David Robinson:

Instrument: Cornet

Been playing brass instruments since: 1995

Year Joined DCB: 2016

Previous Bands: Hawthorn Band (2004-15), Boroondara Brass, Shepparton Brass

Favourite Brass Band Piece: Tristan Encounters

Band highlights: Fed Square Performance in 2016

Other hobbies: Making coffee

Occupation: Music teacher/musician

Weirdest location for a gig: Hip Hop, 80kms out of Alice Springs (Ross River)

 

Rob Ford:

Instrument: Cornet

Been playing brass instruments since: 1968

Year Joined DCB: 1985

Previous Bands: Brunswick Municipal Band, Moreland Band

Favourite Brass Band Piece: Journey into Freedom

Band highlights: Trips to New Zealand and the UK

Other hobbies: Watching cricket and football (AFL)

Occupation: Instrumental music instructor

Other info: My nickname is Shirl, after Graeme “Shirley” Strachan of Skyhooks fame.

I follow the Essendon Football Club in the AFL

I like to travel to North Queensland

 

Cameron Earl:

Instrument: Cornet

Been playing brass instruments since: 1978

Year Joined DCB: 2015

Previous Bands: Northcote Salvation Army

Band highlights: Christmas CD recording

Other hobbies: Basketball

Occupation: Musician

 

Steve Walsh:

Instrument: Baritone

Been playing brass instruments since: 1990

Year Joined DCB: 2006

Previous Bands: Kew Brass (renamed Boroondara Brass) – 1990-2004

Favourite Brass Band Pieces: Vitae Aeternum, Barbarian Horde, Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Band highlights: Rotunda, National Champions with Northern Brass (2007, 2009) and Kew Brass (1998-2000)

Other hobbies: Member of the Melbourne Cricket Club, Travelling

Occupation: Classroom Teacher

Favourite travel destination: Petra, Jordan

Football Team: Carlton Football Club

 

Michael Mears:

Instrument: Euphonium

Been playing brass instruments since: 11976

Year Joined DCB: 2006

Previous Bands: Geelong West Brass Band, Footscray-Yarraville City Band (Life Member), Hawthorn Band

Favourite Brass Band Pieces: Isaiah 40

Band highlights: 1994, 1995, 1999, 2004 A Grade Nationals Champions (with Hawthorn Band)

Other hobbies: Footy (AFL), rugby league, cricket, soccer

Occupation: Cleaning supervisor

Nickname: Mearsy/Hollywood

Favourite Travel destination: USA & Bali

Football Team: Geelong Cats Football Club

Favourite Movie: Pulp Fiction

Bucket List Items: Visit relatives in the UK, visit Old Trafford, be part of Preston’s 1st Nationals win

 

Michael Wells:

Instrument: Euphonium

Other instruments played: Baritone

Been playing brass instruments since: 1998

Year Joined DCB: 2017

Previous Bands: Grimethorpe Colliery, Fairey’s, Box Hill City Band

Favourite Brass Band Piece: Nimrod, Masquerade

Band highlights: Playing at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony (London) with Grimethorpe

Other hobbies: Video games, electronic music, tea, shoes

Occupation: Music teacher

 

Hannah Trewartha:

Instrument: Trombone

Other instruments played: Brass in general, singer

Been playing brass instruments since: 1994

Year Joined DCB: 2015

Previous Bands: Hawthorn Band, Canberra Brass, City of Greater Bendigo, Eastern Australian Brass

Favourite Brass Band Piece: Nimrod & Hard to Say I’m Sorry

Band highlights: Touring North France and Belgium 2015 with Eastern Australian Brass

Other hobbies: Knitting, gardening, cooking, yoga

Occupation: Brass teacher

 

Clinton Fisk:

Instrument: Eb Tuba

Other instruments played: Bass Trombone

Been playing brass instruments since: 1993

Year Joined DCB: 2014

Previous Bands: Melbourne Staff Band, Hawthorn Band

Favourite Brass Band Piece: Nimrod, Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Band highlights: Rotunda, State Champions (2014-16)

Other hobbies: Watching sport and movies

Occupation: Supply officer

 

John Conway:

Instrument: Bb Tuba

Been playing brass instruments since: 1971

Year Joined DCB: 2015

Previous Bands: Coburg Band, Old Collegians, Hawthorn Band, Kew Band

Favourite Brass Band Piece: Toccata in D

Band highlights: Playing in 12 winning A Grade Nationals

Occupation: School Principal