Musician, Teacher, Composer
I began my career as Second Trumpet in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1976.I have had a wealth of experience playing many genres in all trumpet positions from orchestral to big bands, films, commercials and chamber ensembles. I have recently worked with Orchestra Victoria, The Australian Pops Orchestra, Cathedral Brass, Heidelberg Choral Society and More Than Opera.
I developed my love for brass instruments playing cornet in the Hyde Street Band at the age of 8 and later playing with the Footscray and Yarraville Brass Band. I studied trumpet with Mervyn Simpson at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 1977. I was a member of the MSO from 1976 to 1990, then moved to pursue teaching and writing; initially at Haileybury College and finally the VCA. I held the position of Head of Brass at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1993 until 2008.
As an experienced brass educator specializing in trumpet I have contributed to the music programs at Monash University, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Victorian College of the Arts as well as other tertiary institutions around the country. I now enjoy playing casually and composing for a variety of ensembles.
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