I’m a professional musician with 25 years’ experience living in Melbourne, Australia, and I work as a freelance bass and tuba player, as well as running my own bands under the banner of The Mood Merchants.
I’m a classically trained tuba player who has also adopted double bass and electric bass, and I’m comfortable performing in all styles of music. I specialise in jazz, from traditional to contemporary, in both big bands and small combinations. I have an extensive knowledge of jazz standards, and I’m equally adept playing with or without music. I’ve performed in country & western, rock and folk bands, symphony and theatrical orchestras, and brass ensembles. I spent two years as a resident showband musician for Princess Cruises, and I’m currently playing tuba in the Hofbrass German beer band, the Gianni Marinucci Nonet the Moonshine Whistlers vintage jazz band, Hot Licks traditional jazz band, and double bass with the Ruby Page Quartet and Spider Jazz.
I am also a skilled composer, arranger and musical director with excellent notation, recording technology, IT and management skills, as well as a wealth of industry contacts, so I’m able to help bring all sorts of musical ideas to realisation.
I offer brass tuition at my home in Newport.
I’m a keen (but non-competitive!) cyclist, a recycler of ancient gadgets, holder of an Arts degree in Philosophy and Politics, and a qualified (but currently inactive) secondary English and History teacher. I write on predominantly non-musical subjects at my blog.
I can be contacted on 0409 095 633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.