Kathleen has been involved with concert bands since her early years as a flute player in primary school. She earned her Bachelor of Music as a flute player and conductor, then studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts with a wind quintet. Next came a degree in teaching and then came her life in NZ.
Since 1989, Kathleen has developed outstanding concert bands and orchestras at the schools she’s worked in (Taumarunui High School, Kelston Girls High School, St Cuthbert’s College). She has also been musical director of numerous shows, both in schools and community. Her proudest achievement was 12 years directing Manukau Concert Band, taking it to the highest standard of community ensembles in NZ, earning consistent Gold awards and special awards at the national NZCBA Festival.
As a player, Kathleen worked with a wind trio and is now playing in shows in Whangarei. She has found herself residing in Northland at Matapouri Bay, teaching first aid with her husband, and itinerant music (flute and clarinet and sax) at Tauraroa Area School which is on its way to having a marvellous little concert band.
Kathleen is President of New Zealand Concert Bands Association and was honoured with a Lifetime Membership this year for her contribution.