Dale Vail BMUS (Hons.)

Trombonist, Composer, Teacher, Conductor

Contact Information

Region: Canterbury 

Email: dale.vail2@gmail.com
Mobile: +61 478218274

Short Bio

Dale Vail is a New Zealand Composer and Trombonist from Christchurch. Dale graduated with a Bachelor of Music with first class honours from the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington at the end of 2016. As a trombonist, Dale has been successful in a variety of solo competitions, performed with a variety of professional orchestras, directed his own ensembles, and of course, performed with many brass bands. Dale’s compositional works cover many different styles of music that reflect his life as a trombonist across the spectrum from classical to jazz, set in a brass band context. Works have been performed by brass bands across the country, including Wellington Brass, Woolston Brass, National Youth Brass Bands, and the New Zealand Army Band, and Dale’s arrangements find themselves performed by professional groups of many different genres of music. Dale is currently living and studying in Melbourne, at the Australian National Academy of Music.



Guest solo experience: 

Solo Experience

Dale has won a variety of solo competition awards:

BBANZ Open Trombone 2015-2017

Gisborne International Music Competition Brass Award 2015-2017

New Zealand School of Music Brass Player of the Year 2013, 2015, 2016

Dale has also performed solos with the Wellington Brass Band, National Youth Brass Band, Canterbury Brass, Nor’west Brass, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, as well as regularly performing solo recitals.


Conducting Experience

2018 Guest Conductor for the Nor’west Brass Band

2014-2016 Musical Director for the Brass Bandit’s.


Compositional Experience

Published with Experianza Music

Nor’west Brass Composer in Residence

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