Howard Taylor is one of Australia’s most accomplished and successful musical Directors.
His success with the Brisbane Excelsior band is unpeecedented.
Howard began playing through the Salvation Army in the South West of England. He progressed quickly to become
Principal Cornet of the Plymouth Exeter Hall Salvation Army Band and Youth Band conductor at the age of only 17. In 1985 he joined
the Championship section Bodmin Town Band of Cornwall and soon took up the position of Principal Cornet and Deputy Conductor. In 1993
he led them to three successive South West and Cornish Championships.
In 1997 Howard left the UK and became Musical Director of the Waitakere Band, (TVNZ) Auckland. That year they won two of the three sections at the National Contest and in 1999 were crowned New Zealand National Champion Band winning every stage event, also winning three consecutive New Zealand Entertainment “Band of the Year” titles.
In 2002 Howard was appointed Musical Director of Brisbane Excelsior, Australia. He has led the band to seven State Championship
wins, and the Australian National A Grade Championship in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, missing the 2009 Nats after an invitation
to compete at the prestigious British Open in 2009. Additional A Grade National contest successes came in 2013, 2014, 2016
and 2018 an unprecedented record.
Howard also won both the 2007 and 2008 New Zealand National Championship with the Brisbane Excelsior Band.
He has also enjoyed contest successes with the St Marys Band, Warratah Brass, Gunnedah Shire and Willoughby Bands.
We are pleased indeed to have Howard accept an invitation to adjudicate at the Mount Gambier Brass Band Festival for 2019.