Contributors

We have a great list of people whose wealth of experience and knowledge can help you find your sound.

Oh, and they’re also great musicians.

David Temby

David Temby is a classically trained musician who has worked in most genres of music – classical, commercial, jazz etc. He is also a composer, musical director and arranger who’s credits include “The Flying Doctors”, GTV9, Victoria State Opera, backing many visiting overseas artists and you may even hear part of his compositions while wandering around Crown Casino in Melbourne. Some of his performing and writing success is attributed to his skills on so many instruments – a professional brass, woodwind and piano player and singer. He really understands the idiosyncrasies and difficulties associated with playing and writing for all wind instruments.

His original challenge of researching the design and manufacturing of saxophones and flutes was to find out how to produce better sounding, easier to play and more mechanically secure instruments – During his journey of discovery he found that his expectations could be surpassed. The final result has been the introduction of a range of instruments that perform at much higher levels than were previously available in their price range.

Whilst David’s original background was in playing musical instruments, the past 20 years have been dedicated to developing high level skills and knowledge in the science that affects instrument design and materials. Metallurgy, fluid mechanics, mechanical engineering, acoustics are all areas that are regularly drawn upon in the search for constant development.

Shane Gillard

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Shane Gillard is a versatile trumpeter with extensive experience gained in a professional career that has spanned more than twenty years.

He has performed in bands and orchestras playing music in many styles.

But Shane actually cut his musical teeth on his dad’s drumsticks.

Mr Gillard Senior played with the Blue Tones 5, and little Shane could often be found fast asleep in the corner of rehearsals. Thankfully, Shane got out of that habit and made his own mark on audiences.

Shane has recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on a number of occasions including for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, 2006 Commonwealth Games and many others.

Shane has performed in over 20 professional theatre productions and has toured internationally with a number of productions. His playing can be heard on the Universal Pictures release of “Love Never Dies”.

On television Shane has been a regular member of the “Dancing With The Stars” band and has performed in Channel Nines “Carols by Candlelight Orchestra” for over 15 years. He has recorded for other television programs including “X Factor” and “Australia’s got talent”.  Further, he has backed many international  artists including Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr, Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Jerry Lewis,  Michael Bolton, Gene Pitney, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Anthony Warlow, Tim Minchin, James Morrison, Wayne Bergeron and Wycliffe Gordon, Human Nature, David Campbell and Marcia Heinz.

Shane also has 15 years experience teaching the next generation of trumpet greats.

Shane is also the resident brass guru at The Music Place – Melbourne.

Megan Kenny

From the concert halls of Europe to the MSO in Melbourne; in Clifton Hill classrooms or at spectacular corporate nights; at philanthropic soirees or on radio, television or film; with orchestras, rock groups, choirs, trios or dancers, Megan Kenny’s renowned music virtuosity and magnetic exuberance captivate audiences wherever she performs.

Megan studied flute with Louise Dellit at the University of Adelaide graduating with a Bachelor of Music. She comes from an orchestral background having performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra on their 1998 world tour and with major Australian orchestras, including the Melbourne Symphony.

Nic Jeffries

In 2003, Nic was accepted to Study at the prestigious Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, majoring in Jazz Saxophone, which had been a dream right throughout his high school years. Nic has studied with some of the greats in Australian Jazz, including Col Loughnan; Dale Barlow; Judy Bailey; Steve Brien; Andrew Dickeson & Craig Scott – to name just a few. He continues to perform with some of these great teachers and mentors, as well as continuing some relationships performing with some of his best friends whom he met whilst studying at the Conservatorium. Most of these great musicians can be heard in his bands regularly. Nic pursued some further vocal study in 2012, travelling to New York City to learn from the Grammy award-winning Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling.

Much of Nic’s achievement within the Australian music industry has come from his talent in fronting and managing his own bands to high levels of success. He is called upon regularly with his bands to support celebrities and international personalities, as well as regularly managing the music side of some of the largest corporate events and conferences both locally and internationally. Regular calls to perform as a backing vocalist, a saxophonist or front man in several bands throughout Sydney also provide a busy schedule. Nic has spent much of 2012 & 2013 performing as a front vocalist with international Jazz star, James Morrison.

As hard-working a musician as can be found, Nic is keen to develop the next generation of Aussie musicians as he carves out his own niche in the industry.

Nick exclusively plays Temby Australia saxophones.
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You can find out more about Nic at:
www.nicjeffries.com

Jessica Carlton

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After seven years in Asia, Jessica Carlton returned to Melbourne in 2006 and began music study at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. In 2011, Carlton studied for one year at the Victorian College of the Arts before taking one semester at the Generations in Jazz Academy under Graeme Lyall.

In 2010, Jessica was accepted as a student in the Juilliard Winter Jazz Program and worked as a mentor at the same program for two years after. In 2012, Carlton was featured as an artist in the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival.

In 2014, Jessica was invited to attend the School for Improvisational Music in Los Angeles and the NYU Steinhardt School of Music in New York. She recorded her debut album in May which was released on October 19th 2014, and performed at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival 2014 in November. Her album ‘Not Alone’ is now available here.

 

Jessica exclusively plays Temby Australia trumpets.
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Check out Jessica Carlton’s website www.jessicacarltonmusic.com or her Facebook page www.facebook.com/jcarltonmusic for updates on upcoming performances!

Adam Simmons

Adam covers a wide range of sounds and genres – from piccolo to contrabass clarinet, from screaming, bluesy tenor sax to meditative sounds of shakuhachi, musician to sculptor. Since graduating from VCA in 1992, Adam has steadily worked in Melbourne with increasing influence in bands including Bennetts Lane Big Band, Australian Art Orchestra, as well as the likes of Spiderbait, Gotye, Greg and Murray of the Wiggles, and somehow ended up on a Katie Noonan CD without even knowing it!

In addition Adam has constantly promoted new and original music through his own varied ensembles from solo through to large ensembles, releasing numerous CDs and performing around Australia and internationally.

Other career highlights include: Touring with La Société des Antipodes (Australia 2011, France 2012/13), premiere of concerto by Orio Odori with Philharmonic Orchestra of Loro Ciuffenna (Italy 2012), composition of major suite for Collider based on Dr Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” ((2011), Special Award from Freedman Foundation (2004), Music Omi Artist Residency (USA, Fellowship 2001, Guest Curator 2007), Green Room Awards for Musical Direction (2003 & 2004), Commission for Eureka 150 funded by Department of Premier & Cabinet (2004), Adam Simmons Retrospective, featuring 40 different acts over three week (2006).

Adam is a Temby Australia Saxophone/Flute artist and a Selmer Clarinet artist.
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Check out more on Adam at:
www.adamsimmons.com