David Polain

Principal Bass Trombone and AdAO Committee Member

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David Polain

Dave (DP) started his music life as a drummer (oxymoron) from whatever age it was the he could sit up on his own at his father’s drum kit, playing in dixie jazz bands with local legendary performers Normie Cosh and Blair Schwartz from the age of 13.

He started playing the trombone at age 14 and  was appointed 2nd trombone of the State Opera of South Australia Orchestra at age 17. DP then went on to perform with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as well as working on professional musicals such as “Guys and Dolls”, “Shout – The Musical”, “The Mikado” and “The Boy From Oz”. He has also worked with Sir Harry Seacombe, Sir Tim Rice, Anthony Warlow, Rhonda Burchmore, Jason Robert Brown, Tom Burlinson, Ed Wilson and Lorna Luft.

DP enjoys arranging and conducting and has arranged over 200 pieces for various ensembles including the Adelaide Art Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Band of the South Australia Police and the Tanunda Town Band, which he has been MD of for 8 years. DP was a finalist in the “Symphony Australia Conducting Competition” in 2000.

Dave was appointed to the position of Tuba player in the Band of the South Australia Police in 1995 and has since moved on to Bass Trombone. He was recently appointed as their Musical Director.

DP has been performing with the Adelaide Art Orchestra since 2003 and has a remarkably similar sense of humour to Tim Sexton, which spells trouble, of course, at meetings as we get very little done but we DO have a great time.

In the off season, DP enjoys fishing, spoiling the occasional walk with golf and the filming, editing and production of movies.

 

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