12 months ago, I launched this website, and officially began my career as a freelance musician. What an incredible 12 months it has been, and I can only be thankful to all my supporters for encouraging me to get to where I have come, and hopefully where I will go!
In the last 12 months, I have more than doubled my existing brass band repertoire, including my first major work "Buckley", which placed Geelong West Brass Band third in the Own Choice section at the Australian National Band Championships (read up on that venture here). Furthermore, I have a new composition "PZAZZ" being premiered as part of the South Brisbane Federal Brass Band Composition Competition on July 8th. Also added to the repertoire were arrangements of Percy Code's "At Dawn", and famous spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
On top of my brass band music, I have had my tertiary studies, in which I have composed four unique works. Lust for tenor trombone and oboe draws inspiration from Sylvano Bussotti and Luciano Berio, while Quest for cello trio explores a zest for adventure and purpose. This semester, I have finalised a work for the MSO Pizzicato Effect entitled Backyard Battle, which will be workshopped and hopefully performed later this year. On top of that, I wrote a composition Wrath for our residency artist scapegoat, a duo of saxophone and percussion. This will be premiered at Monash University later this year. Keep your eyes peeled for that!
However, writing music has not been the only venture I have undertaken. I have kept up my performing in groups like The Quirks and Northern Brass. I am volunteering with community radio stations 3MBS and Radio Monash, as a reviewer and presenter respectively.
Furthermore, I have started interviewing individuals from the community banding scene about their thoughts on developing and growing banding, as well as tackling the issues within our banding world. With individuals like Andrew Snell, Megan Stapleton, Erin Ellenburg, Michael Mathers and Fletcher Mitchell, I am hoping to create a neutral platform for various individuals in the banding scene to express their opinions and provide valuable insight.
What You Can Do to Support Me
Well, there's plenty of things you can do to help support me going forward. They include;
Music I've Been Listening To
I have heard your requests, and have compiled a new collection of music for you to check out!
And finally, here's a little something that I witnessed at Cory Henry's performance at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Fantastic musicianship all round, plus some funky grooves to get you dancing through the dullest parts of the week! Wait for the funky fever around 12 minutes in!
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Jared loves to share his passion for music and artists through music reviews and commentaries. These include a selection of reviews written for community radio stations 3MBS and Radio Monash.