The Summer School Big Band is where young jazz musicians from all over Victoria further their solo and ensemble skills in a full line-up of winds, horns and rhythm section instruments, and take to the stage for collaborative performance opportunities.
Participants will benefit from the experience of Andrew Mott, a highly regarded performer, ensemble director and educator and be mentored by Victoria’s leading exponents of contemporary jazz through a series of workshops and tutorials, together exploring great charts and varying jazz styles.
|STANDARD||*AMEB Grade 5+ for wind and brass musicians; rhythm section AMEB CPM Step 2+ or equivalent|
|AGE||15 years +|
|INSTRUMENTS||Saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, piano, guitar, double bass, drum kit, percussion|
*NOTE: AMEB levels indicated are not a formal requirement, but provided as a guide to the skills required.
Big Band Director
Andrew has been involved in music education for over 30 years with experience in both regional and metropolitan schools and across numerous Government and independent school music programs in Victoria, NSW and QLD.
During a two-year stint in Michigan, USA, he completed a Masters in Music Performance and in recent years has served as Director of Music, Blackburn High School and as Head of Music, Caulfield Grammar (Caulfield Campus).
Andrew has a particular interest in music performance and works regularly across jazz big bands, symphony orchestras and wind ensembles. He conceived and staged the 80th birthday celebrations for Australian jazz luminary Don Burrows, which was filmed by ABC-TV and drew major musical figures from several states.
He has been a Board member of Melbourne Youth Music, directed ensembles at many Summer Schools and previously served as Summer School Artistic Director. Andrew has also served as a member of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Music Board and on the AMEB Examinations Advisory Board, representing government schools.
Andrew continues to be very active in the field of Australian music education and creating opportunities for young musicians.