Musical Director

Daniel McIlvride

Since first picking up the trombone in his school band in Grade 5, Daniel has built a wide and varied professional musical career. His school years culminated in the award of a prestigious MOST scholarship in 2003, which placed him amongst the top percentile of music students in Queensland. The years following this saw Daniel commence studying a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance) at the University of Southern Queensland. Upon completion in 2008, Daniel was already teaching at a number of schools in the Toowoomba area.

In 2009 Daniel was invited as Musical Director of the Royal Queensland Military Tattoo, which saw him directing over 500 musicians as a part of the spectacular display. In 2010 Daniel moved to Melbourne, and later that year performed as the trombonist for the new Australian musical “Strange Bedfellows,” performing alongside the likes of John Foreman, John Wood and Peter Cousens. Daniel recommenced university studies in 2011, successfully completing a Bachelor of Music Honours (Improvisation) at Monash University under Jordan Murray.

Daniel currently works as a trombonist in the Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne, and a freelance performer in the wider Melbourne area. This includes such groups as The Quarter St Orquesta (2013 Clave Contra Clave winners) and The Melbourne Ska Orchestra (as seen on Channel Ten), as well as arranging for the popular TV show Dancing With the Stars. He has also been featured on albums with the Royal Australian Navy, Box Hill Brass and the Nicholas Chamber Orchestra.