I have been playing drums since an early age, growing up immersed in the Big Band/Jazz music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson and Ella Fitzgerald. Such influences naturally steered my playing towards a recognised big band feel and style of drumming. My father, who is also a drummer, provided a great deal of valuable assistance and encouragement, while I studied reading, phrasing and time keeping under Ron Sandilands. I have a huge amount of jazz, big band and musical theatre experience and have played on some of the biggest shows ever to come to Australia.
Debra Byrne, Jackie Love, Doug Parkinson, Colleen Hewett, Karen Knowles, Normie Rowe, Dennis Walter, Denise Drysdale, Tony Barber, Ray Burgess, Daryl Somers, Rob Guest, Ronnie Burns, Patrick McMahon, Hugh Jackman, Wendy Stapleton, Peter Cousins, Geraldine Turner, Martin Lass, Samantha Sang, Kamahl, Nichaud Fitzgibbon. David Campbell, Melinda Schneider, Linda George, Todd McKenny, Bob Valentine, Ross Wilson, Caroline Gilmour, Frank Holden, Leonie Page, Barry Crocker, Maria Mercedes, The Delltones, Toni Lamond, The Rat Pack, etc! etc!
My theatre experience has been an enjoyable and rewarding one. I enjoy the discipline of working with a conductor, and responding to the demands of performing at a consistently high level show after show eight times a week. The shows I have drummed in are:
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