Claire graduated from the University of Tasmania with a combined Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Teaching degree in 2008. Claire plays flute in Hobart Wind Symphony and since 2005 has been conductor of the Hobart Youth Winds, who she has led to being both State and National champions. She currently works as an instrumental specialist for the Combined Primary Schools Band Program in the greater Hobart area and is the classroom music teacher at New Norfolk High School.
The history of the flute in wind and concert bands dates back to the early 19th century, when military bands began to use the instrument in their performances. The flute quickly became popular in these ensembles, and its use spread to other types of bands, including community bands and concert bands. Over time, the flute’s design and construction have evolved, resulting in the creation of various types of flutes, such as the piccolo and the alto flute. Today, the flute remains an essential instrument in wind and concert bands, and its unique sound continues to inspire musicians and audiences alike.