Head of Brass
Gerry comes to Orange offering wide ranging experience in brass teaching and performance, both nationally and internationally.
Having had a broad primary and secondary musical education in choirs and brass bands in Sydney, he diversified into Orchestral, Jazz and Commercial music pursuits in the early 1970’s on both trombone and electric guitar.
A scholarship on Trombone with the ABC National Training Orchestra and Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, along with private studies with one of Australia’s most outstanding trombone teachers, the late Baden McCarron, gave Gerry the foundations for building a successful musical career in many fields of music, including Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Jazz Bands, Ethnic, Rock Bands, TV and Radio, Nightclubs and Recording Studios.
After playing in most of the professional Sydney seasons of popular musicals over 20 years, and teaching at many prominent schools on Sydney’s North Shore, he accepted a temporary position as a Brass Teacher on Guernsey in the Channel Islands in 2001, which lasted for 5 years instead of the intended 12 months!
Among others, Gerry has played for: Dame Shirley Bassey, Gene Pitney, Dame Joan Sutherland, Julio Iglesia, Luciano Pavarotti, John Dankworth and Cleo Lane, Jerry Lewis, Geoff Harvey Midday show band, ‘Macca’ and Sir Harry Secombe. Professional Musical productions in Sydney include: Cats, Les Miserables, La Cage Aux Folles, Camelot (with Sir Richard Harris), Guys and Dolls, Porgy and Bess, Nine, Barnum, Sugar Babies, Hello Dolly and Sweet Charity.
Orchestral playing includes: Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, West Australian, Singapore and Guernsey Symphony Orchestras, Australian Opera and Ballet, Victorian State Opera, Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, London Festival Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Sydney Philharmonia and Australian Chamber Orchestras.