“I was immediately impressed by Jared’s intensity of thought and passion for music. I was so impressed with all he had to say that, on parting, I said that if he ever had the opportunity to write a piece for brass band and was interested in a commission, to contact me. After some discussion and agreement with Jeff Steele and the Geelong West Brass Band – for whom I wanted to commission a piece as a gift – Jared was off the starting blocks.
Within a few weeks, he had amazing samples for the band to try. He listened carefully to Jeff and crafted parts for individual players, wrote to the strengths of the band, and most importantly found an amazing story, intimately connected to the band to create the theme for the piece.
Jared’s music is tuneful, stirring, filled with incredible meaning and tells an epic story. Jared was present for our first play through and there were many tears of joy. A senior and well respected member of Geelong West Brass Band recently described Jared as a future Australian Phillip Sparke – except that Phillip Sparke was 23 when he composed his first work, and Jared is 19 and has so much ahead of him that it leaves me breathless.” - Richard Harvey, Commissioner of 'Buckley'
“Working through Buckley with Jared in its preliminary stages was great, as I could tailor the piece to suit the strengths of my band. It wasn't until the band actually played through parts together that you could appreciate the finer details - the things that worked great and the things that didn't work quite so well. Jared was extremely accommodating in making changes based on my suggestions, his suggestions and our collaboration. We are very proud to premiere this fantastic piece of music by this very talented musician at the 2017 Australian National Band Band championships - and the band and I look forward to future works composed by Jared.” – Jeff Steele, Musical Director of Geelong West Brass Band
"Jared is a sound young person and a fine musician. His music is melodic and shows a deep emotional meaning. His arrangements bring a range of brass instruments together and the music shows flair, intricacies and purpose. His arrangements for Preston Brass Band (A Grade) and Darebin Youth had a mix of technical work for the seniors and simple parts for the youth (no mean feat!). I have enjoyed working with Jared and sharing the musical knowledge he possesses." – Jack Kelly OAM, Director of Darebin Youth
“Working with Jared on The Panda was a brilliant experience. I gave him a few hints about the general direction and tone of the short film, and let him loose. The result was a flawless score which stole the show. I still remember watching an early cut for the first time with Jared's score and suddenly the film clicked. I cannot imagine the film without the intricacies and flair of Jared's beautiful composition. He was incredibly easy to work with and very accommodating. Through his score Jared expertly elevated my work more than any other person who worked on the project.” – Jack Wilson-Lee, Producer and Director of "The Panda"
Interested in commissioning a work from Jared, or perhaps need a personalised arrangement? Contact him here for a quote.
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