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Meet our Music Leadership Team

Music Leadership Team

At Marist Brass we beleive in providing opportunities for everyone to learn and play music. The expertise of our Music Leadership Team means we cater for players of all abilities, from beginners to the more experienced. Our team work together to ensure all players reach their full musical potential.

Patrick Mudge

Patrick Mudge has been appointed as the new music director of Marist Brass Band. Patrick has recently returned to Bendigo with his family and began conducting the band in May 2017. His first performance with the band was at the 2017 Bendigo Eisteddfod.

Patrick grew up in Bendigo and joined the Eaglehawk Citizens' Brass Band as a beginner when he was thirteen years old. He played cornet and then baritone for a number of years, and then started playing the euphonium. He moved to Melbourne in 2000 to study Osteopathy, and in 2004 became a member of Kew Band Melbourne. There he performed with the band and as a soloist on many occasions, including concerts, recordings and contests, culminating in the band winning the National A Grade Championship in 2011, directed by Mark Ford. He was selected to play in National Australia Brass under Professor David King for four years from 2010, until taking a year off and moving to Queensland in 2013. He returned to the contest stage on euphonium with Brisbane Excelsior at the 2015 National Championships, and in 2016, he and his wife Mel welcomed the arrival of their son, Bobby. At the start of 2017, they moved back home to Bendigo to be closer to family and start an allied health clinic in the city. He's excited by the opportunity to now return to banding with Marist Brass as part of their conducting team.

Claire McLean

Claire McLean continues in her role as Director of Marist Academy of Brass.

Claire is a registered teacher with the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and teaches music privately. She is heavily involved with community music in Bendigo and is also a highly regarded player in these groups. As well as Marist Brass and Academy she is also currently involved with Bendigo & District Concert Band, Bendigo Symphony Orchestra and the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra playing a variety of instruments.

Colin Wellard

Marist Brass welcomes back Colin who will be working alongside Patrick as Deputy Conductor and also assisting Claire with the Academy. In particular Colin will be focusing on the new development group catering to beginners.

Colin started his musical life as a trumpet tooting Year 7 student at Eaglehawk High School. Soon he joined Eaglehawk Citizens Brass Band on cornet. He swiftly saw the light and moved to tuba, where he became an inaugural member of the Bendigo Colleges Symphonic Band, and then trombone. Whilst at Eaglehawk Citizens Brass Band Colin started conducting, establishing the bands Junior Band with great support of the bands legendary cornet maestro Peirce Grenfell.

Colin then had successful conducting stints at both Bendigo and District Concert Band and Maryborough Citizens Brass picking up National, Victorian and South Australian State titles along the way as well as guiding the Bendigo and District Concert Band to the Victorian Bands League “Merv Simpson Band of the Year” award. After many enjoyable years at Eaglehawk Citizens as a player and conductor, Colin moved to Greater Bendigo Brass first as a player and then as assistant conductor to the legendary horn virtuoso Doug Trotman OAM. Colin then had a short stint playing and conducting Marist Brass and then playing with the legendary Geelong West Brass Band.

Colin notes his musical highlights as performances at the prestigious Melbourne Town Hall, in the ‘old tin shed’ at Tanunda, performing with the Brigham Young Wind Band, being part of the “Rotunda” performances with the New Zealand Dance Company and playing in the AFL Grand Final Parade with his beloved Western Bulldogs. Colin says he has been very lucky to have witnessed the blooming of many musical talents, particularly from Bendigo, and to have experienced the skills of a number of conducting legends including Ken MacDonald, Mark Ford, Wayne Bowden, Prof David King and the great Doug Trottman OAM. Colin believes that not only has he been fortunate to have great musical experiences but is also fortunate to have met so many wonderful people and to have made so many lifelong friends (including his wife!!) and believes performing as part of a community ensemble is the most enjoyable privilege possible.

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