Musical Director

POSITION VACANT 2020 - Music Director Marion City Band (B Grade Brass)

Marion City Band Inc is calling for EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST from energetic and enthusiastic people to take on the role of MUSICAL DIRECTOR for our B Grade Brass Band.   A position description is available via our latest news page, or please reference via our facebook page.    For further information or to apply please contact or call our Secretary Linda Vinall on 0412 195 110.

2020 – Musical Director Warriparinga Brass (C Grade Brass) Sarah Butler

Warriparinga Brass is excited to welcome Sarah Butler as our new Music Director for 2020. An experienced musician and music educator, and a frequent guest in our Marion City Band line up.

Formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Music, Honours Bachelor of Music Performance in Trumpet and a Graduate Diploma of Education from The University of Adelaide. Sarah is a highly proficient musician, teacher and conductor. Her passionate and enthusiastic approach to share the gift of music with others has inspired them to be the best they can be. She has undertaken studies in conducting through Griffith University.

Sarah began playing piano at age 7. She then changed to learn cornet through The Salvation Army at age 8. She continued developing her brass skills through the church and high school. In 1999 whilst still at high school Sarah joined the Mitcham City Brass Band. This was the start of her involvement in the community banding scene in South Australia.

Sarah’s performance experience have included playing with Unley Concert Band, Kensington & Norwood Brass Band, Elder Conservatorium Wind Ensemble, Elder Conservatorium Brass Ensemble, Hahndorf Town Band, Mitcham City Band and other community bands.

Sarah’s previous conducting roles were with Hahndorf Town Junior Band, Campbelltown City Junior Band, Kensington and Norwood Youth Brass Band and Port Augusta Concert Band.

In 2009 a performing highlight for Sarah was when she was asked to play the Last Post at the Arc De Triomphe in Paris whilst on tour with the Unley Concert Band.

Sarah’s role as a music educator have included  Kimba Area School, Unity College, Department for Education Instrumental Music based in Port Augusta and most recently Department for Education Instrumental Music based at Belair Primary School.  She has taught both classroom and instrumental music and has developed her skills on a wide range of instruments. Her current role includes teaching brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments across multiple sites and directing student ensembles at these sites.

In 2016 she relocated to Adelaide metropolitan area. Sarah’s commitment and enthusiasm to music education in public schools allowed her to assist in the establishment of the Instrumental Music Central Ensemble. The South Australian Schools Concert Band saw her in the role as Assistant Conductor.

In March 2017 Sarah received a South Australia Band Association Award of Merit. Sarah’s drive and passion saw her developing players, in particular the youth in the regional area of Port Augusta. Her determination saw her helping and assisting them to be involved in the banding movement in South Australia.

Interests outside of music include strength training and competing in the sport of powerlifting.  She is passionate about the area of athletes, team building and the arts.


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