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Dominic Longhurst – AMusA, LMusA

Dominic Longhurst is a 19yo Australian musician who plays Trumpet, cornet & flugel horn.  Dominic is honoured to be the recipient of the Adrienne, Lady Stewart Performance Bursary, an educational incentive for aspiring young musicians and members of the Federation of Australasian Brass Bands between the age of 13 and 19.  This award includes lessons with Professor David King.  Dominic says “Thank you so much, these lessons are the reason for my success at the Australian and New Zealand National solo competitions”.

In 2014 Dominic achieved his AmusA (Associate of Music Australia) on Trumpet and in 2015 gained is LMusA (Licentiate of Music Australia) (Distinction) on Cornet. 

Dominic’s performances have received critical acclaim – including enthusiastic praise from his musical hero, James Morrison.

Dominic wanted to play music all his life: as soon as he could talk, he wanted to play the trombone.  At age four Dominic received a mini trombone as a gift.  In 2004, at 7 years old, he started brass lessons on that instrument.  With his interest in wind instruments piqued, he joined the Blue Mountains City band in October 2004 – on his eighth birthday.  The band gave Dominic a cornet and he proved to be a natural.  Six months later, Dominic’s talent with the instrument saw him compete with the band playing the 3rd cornet part at the 2005 National Band Championships.

In late 2005 he joined the City of Holroyd brass band (then D-Grade) on 2nd cornet.  After the 2006 Nationals (Easter), Dominic asked to change to Flugel horn, which he played until after the Easter 2009 Nationals when Dominic was appointed as Principal cornet in the Holroyd (now C-grade) Band.

After Easter 2011 he moved to St Mary’s District Band A-Grade band playing Flugel horn.  In 2012 Dominic was appointed as Principle Cornet for the band and led the band in their NSW A-Grade wins in 2012, 2013 & 2014.

Dominic is also a member of the National Australia Brass Band and was appointed principle for their 2013 Concert.

In 2013 Dominic was the Principle cornet for the inaugural National Australia Brass youth Band and was principle again in 2014 & 2015.  Read of Dominic’s many successes in competitions on his competitions page.

Dominic was honoured to be the first recipient of the Yamaha Youth Brass Artist award in 2012.  Read more at Yamaha Australia.

In February/March 2015, Dominic was awarded the Global Academy Project Student exchange to Norway and England to play with the Eikanger-Bjorsvik Band and then to Yorkshire, England to experience the Brighouse and Rastrick Band.

The Eikanger-Bjorsvik Band asked Dominic to play with them in the European Brass Band championships on 2nd May 2015.  They won the own choice section and came 4th overall.

The Brighouse and Rastrick Band Dominic offered the position of Assistant Principle and Dominic took up that position in May 2015. A few months later he played in The Brighouse and Rastrick Band at both the British Open Band Championships and the National Brass band championships of Great Britain. The Band gained 2nd place in both these competitions.

In September 2015, Dominic started to study trumpet full time (4 years) at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Latest News is that Dominic has been appointed as Principal Cornet of The Brighouse and Rastrick Band and took up this position in March 2016. The Band has since competed in the European Brass Band Championships on 30th April 2016, then finished in 2nd positions at both the 2016 British Open and National Brass Band Finals of GB championships. Dominic was also the featured soloist with B&R at the prestigious Brass in Concert competition, leading the band to a 3rd place, with Brighouse ending the year 2nd in the World Rankings.

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