About Us

Meet our 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.

Colin Wellard

Marist Brass welcomes back Colin as Musical Director of Marist Brass. Colin also continues to assist 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.

Claire McLean

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

Claire grew up in the regional town of Taradale, and began taking piano lessons when she was just 7 years old. She took up the French Horn at the age of 11, and over the next few years played with many school and community groups. Claire was also a member of the Australian Youth Choir for a number of years, a highlight being performing at Hamer Hall with the Vienna Boys Choir in 2003.

In 2006, Claire moved to Melbourne where she studied economics, mathematics and financial planning. Claire joined the Bendigo & District Concert band and the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra after relocating to Bendigo in 2011. In 2013 she joined Marist Brass, and helped to establish the newly formed Marist Academy of Brass.

At present Claire plays with a variety of ensembles in Bendigo and wider Victoria, including the Victoria Youth Symphony Orchestra where she recently had the honour of playing Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, which contains arguably the biggest horn solo in orchestral horn repertoire.

Claire is also a member of the Bendigo & District Concert Band, the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra and the Nexus Youth Theatre Company Orchestra. She is a registered teacher with the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and teaches music privately to individual students. During the day, Claire works for a financial planning firm in Bendigo.

Currently, Claire is the secretary of the Marist Brass and plays Tenor Horn in the Marist Brass Band.

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