Wilf Dyason Wind Ensemble
This ensemble is new for 2011. Named after the late Wilfred Dyason, a highly respected brass pedagogue, band conductor and pivotal figure of the band movement in Victoria, the WDWE is a junior wind ensemble aimed at challenging students who have obtained AMEB grade 2-3 or equivalent. Students will learn more about their own instruments, musical expression and presentation. More importantly, they will be given ensemble training early in their learning, which is highly advantageous for their future musical pursuits.
Students will experience full band rehearsals with qualified tutors and conductors. They also have sectional tuition, which provides the individual with more personal attention. Further to this, we draw students from both our bands to form chamber groups performing new music with new challenges. The WDWE rehearses at the Mount Waverley Secondary College Music Centre on Saturdays during term time, 2-4pm. There will be opportunities to perform alongside the JMYB at the many YBP concerts held throughout the year. Membership is annual or by semester, please see our Membership page for further details.
Wilfred Dyason Biography
Wilfred Dyason started to learn the Euphonium at the age of 15, which is a notably late age. Within the next couple of years he joined the Burwood (NSW) Band, and then within the next year joined the Brisbane Excelsior (one of Australia’s most prestigious Brass Bands). In 1964 Wilf came to hold the baton in front of the Blue Mountains City Band (NSW), for six years. In the first three years of this, Wilf took the band from D grade to A grade, and the average age of the band members was eighteen. Wilf then came to Victoria and conducted the Malvern City Brass Band from 1970-1979. During this period Wilf and the band won the Australian Band Championships. Wilf also conducted the Diamond Valley Municipal Band (1979-1985), the Moorabbin Brass Band (1989 – 1993), and the State Youth Band (1979 – 1982). Wilf was the chief instructor for the Wimmera Bands’ Group Music School for over twenty-five years. He taught privately throughout his life, and also at Carey Grammar School 1978 – 1993 and Melbourne High School 1973-1977.
He conducted, tutored and was band manager in the Melbourne Youth Music program for over twenty-five years. Wilf taught at the Methodist Ladies College for the last five years of his life. This man was an Examiner for both AMEB and VCE, and at different points was head examiner for these institutions. He adjudicated solo and Band Championships in all states, and he was the president of the Victorian Bands’ League twice, and was made a lifelong member after 36 years of service. His most famous students were Hector McDonald, from the Blue Mountains, who is now the Principal French Horn with the Vienna Philharmonic, and Frank Barzyk, from Melbourne High School, who was appointed Principal Tuba with the Zurich Symphony Orchestra just before his untimely death from cancer in 1999. But over his years Wilf taught many hundreds of students, who will never forget him, never forget his words, and never stop missing him.