Dr. David Hood

Trumpet, Trombone

David Hood has a Bachelor of Music (Trumpet) degree from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Music (Conducting) degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He also has a Doctor of Philosophy (History) degree from the University of Adelaide.
He has been teaching voice, trumpet and piano at the Mitchell Conservatorium since June 2018. Before that, he taught voice at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music for four years.
As a trumpet player, he has played with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and freelanced with other Sydney ensembles.
He has conducted many choral and orchestral works, including by composers such as Bach, Buxtehude (a favourite of his), Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Nielsen, Holst and Britten.
He has also worked extensively in operetta and music theatre, including as musical director for productions of “Godspell”, “Patience” and “The Pirates of Penzance”.

Campbell Barnes

French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone

Campbell first began playing brass instruments at school, and went on to study French Horn at Sydney Conservatorium. After three years playing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra he furthered his studies in Germany, at the end of which he went on to become Solo Horn in several leading European orchestras. Returning to Australia he played 1st Horn with the Australian Opera Orchestra, and taught French Horn at Sydney Conservatorium.

He has tutored at both National Music Camp and at Pan Pacific International Music Camp. Until recently he taught Brass at Orange Regional Conservatorium. Past students occupy positions in orchestras and teaching institutions in Australia and Europe.

Brendon McLeod

Brendon McLeod has taught brass instruments since he was in high school. His main instrument is the trombone. He has expertise in Jazz music, having studied Jazz for a year at the Sydney Conservatorium, as well as with Graeme Lyall at the Generations in Jazz Academy (now the James Morrison Academy) In Mount Gambier, South Australia. He holds a Diploma of Music (Jazz), a Bachelor of Liberal Studies, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Literature, and a Masters of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.


We pay our respect to all First Nations elders both past and present from the lands where Mitchell Conservatorium students reside. In particular, we acknowledge the Wiradyuri and Dharug peoples of Australia, who are the traditional custodians of the land where Mitchell Conservatorium campuses are located.

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