Growing up in Timaru, Slade began his musical career at the age of 8 playing the cornet in the Waimataitai School Brass Band. This early exposure to brass music led Slade to an array of opportunities that involved winning various regional and national solo titles, alongside C, Band A grade titles, and becoming a musician with the New Zealand Army Band.
During this time, Slade performed throughout the world with highlights including performances at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Basel Tattoo, Switzerland.
After his career with the New Zealand Army Band, Slade commenced his Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Performance Classical Trumpet at the New Zealand School of Music under Mark Carter.
Whilst at the School of Music, Slade performed extensively with Orchestra Wellington and in his last year was on contract as Sub Principal Trumpet. He also performed with the New Zealand Operatic Society, Bach Choir of Wellington, Auckland Philharmonia, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the trumpet section of the Central Band of the Royal New Zealand Airforce and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra for five years.
After gaining his BMus, Slade was awarded the Brass Scholarship at the University of Tasmania - Conservatorium of Music to undertake his Post Graduate studies under the renowned brass pedagogue, Yoram Levy. Whilst studying at the Conservatorium, Slade performed with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra, Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute and was a regular player with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
On completion of his Post Graduate studies in Tasmania, Slade travelled to Luzern – Switzerland where he auditioned successfully for a place in the class of Immanuel Richter and Phillipe Litzler.
Slade spent two years at the Hochschule für Musik - Luzern completing his Masters degree in Orchestral Trumpet and Piccolo. Alongside his studies he performed extensively with various European orchestras.
Slade has now returned to New Zealand to take up the role of the Associate Principal Trumpet in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. His most recent achievement has been founding the Christchurch Brass Academy, which is committed to raising the level of brass playing throughout Christchurch.Proudly Sponsored by: Mrs Philippa Bates