Director of Music - Major Graham Hickman, DSD..

Director of Music - Captain Graham Hickman

Major Graham Hickman, DSD, FTCL, LTCL(T), Dip Man, Dip Applied Man, AIRMTNZ, AIMNZ, RNZIR was raised in Feilding, where he learnt to play cornet with the Feilding Municipal Band.  While at high school he also joined Wanganui City Brass and the RNZAF Base Ohakea Band as a territorial musician.

Major Hickman enlisted into the New Zealand Army Band in 1985 and was posted to the 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment Band in Singapore from 1986 to 1988.  In 1992 he was appointed Senior Instructor of the New Zealand Army Band School of Music and in 1999 he was appointed Bandmaster of the New Zealand Army Band. He held the position for five years before being appointed as the unit’s Administration Officer.

In 2009, he was commissioned and in 2010 appointed as the New Zealand Army Band’s Director of Music.

As a performer Major Hickman has a rich and diverse musical background.  Having won national titles on both cornet and flugel horn he has also performed with groups as varied as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Big Band and the National Band of New Zealand.  He has toured extensively with various musical organisations within New Zealand and internationally.

A talented and accomplished conductor, Major Hickman has conducted a wide variety of ensembles including brass bands, orchestras, jazz bands, choirs and concert bands. Highlights include three years as the Musical Director of the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand and eight years as the Musical Director of Christchurch’s Woolston Brass.

During his tenure with this prestigious civilian brass band Major Hickman lead them to their most successful contesting years to date; winning the inaugural Australasian Championships in 2008 and gaining four consecutive Champion Band of New Zealand titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, something no other Musical Director had achieved.

Major Hickman is a Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, London and holds diplomas in performance, teaching and management.  An Associate of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers Graham has tutored and adjudicated nationally and internationally.

In 2017, Major Hickman was awarded the Distinguished Service Decoration for services to the New Zealand Defence Force and brass bands in the New Years Honours List.

This page was last amended on 08 May 2019