MAXX MUSIC CASTLE HILL STORE LAUNCH WEEK

To launch out newly renovated Castle Hill location we are hosting some exciting clinics. All clinic are free but due to social distancing restriction we are running at a limited capacity so bookings are essential. Each night will have 2 sessions a 6:30pm and an 8:00pm. Book your spots early as we cannot guarantee availabilities will last.

 
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Tuesday 8th December

Looping with Jay Parrino

 

Have a looper? Interested in looping? Want to get some tips on improving your looping?

This is the event you should attend. We have Jay Parrino the master of the looper in store performing, giving tips and answer questions on this mystical art.

After Jays performance on the Voice and Australia's got talent he was instantly a hit within the industry. He has been invited to do a loop performance live on the morning show, been picked up by Roland to demonstrate the Boss loopers and shared the stage with some of the most respected session musicians in the country.

During lockdown Jay has recorded many parody songs including "Karen Why Don't You Wear a Mask" and tallied up millions of views.

This night will not only unlock some tricks of the looping art but will be throughly entertaining.

 

This is a free event but due to COVID restriction we have limited spots available and must be booked in advanced.

Wednesday 9th December

Session Guitarist Tom Ferris

 

Tom has lived and breathed music since he first picked up a guitar at the tender age of 8.  Over the years, he has evolved in an industry that is considered one of the most fickle and difficult in which to remain relevant.  He attributes his longevity in the business to his ability to sight read, his excellent communication and interpretation skills and his appreciation of all genres of music.

His professional experience includes studio work on feature films 'The Rocket', 'Romulus My Father', 'Australia', 'Splash', 'George of the Jungle' and 'South Pacific'.  He has added his touch to numerous  documentaries and jingles for composers including Jan Preston, Caitlin Yeo, Peter Best, Les Gock,  Mike Harvey,  Pat Aulton and Mike Perjanik.  

On the live scene, Tom has worked with international stars Josh Groban, Engelbert Humperdinck, Harry Connick Jnr, Glenn Close, Cilla Black, Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch, Russell Watson, Elaine Paige, Jane Oliver, Vera Lynn, Katherine Jenkins, Petula Clark and Sir Tim Rice.

Australian artists he has worked with include Kate Ceberano, Tania Doko, Connie Mitchell, Dami Im, Ross Wilson, and Emma Pask.  Tom was a featured artist at the 2018 Australia Day concert held in Barangaroo alongside iconic DJ PeeWee Ferris.

Toms theatre credits include 'Westside Story', 'Showboat', 'Chicago', 'Burn the Floor', 'Book of Mormon' and 'Jersey Boys'

He is a passionate educator having been on-staff at the Australian Institute of Music for the past 9 years and in 2018 was appointed visiting guitar tutor St Aloysius College in Sydney.

If you are a guitarist from beginner to advanced come along enjoy Toms playing, some stories and ask some questions.

 

This is a free event but due to COVID restriction we have limited spots available and must be booked in advanced.

 

Thursday 10th December

Teaching Rhythm John Morrison

This clinic is primarily aimed towards music teachers and educators but is open for anyone interested in teaching drumming.

John Morrison, has played a significant role in the lives of aspiring young musicians for over four decades. Described by many students as a major “turning point” in their playing, the Teaching Rhythm Workshop is about teaching educators the real joy of educating students how to feel and play rhythm in school music programs.

  

John Morrison has delighted audiences for more than 25 years with his humor and dedication to sounds that swing. Equally at home in a small group or big band setting, his musical facility runs the entire spectrum from traditional jazz, swing, Bebop, R&B, Soul and commercial jazz rock.

 

The eldest of the Morrison family, John has spent much of his musical life playing and recording with his younger brother James Morrison. At age 8, John began playing cornet in the school brass band and by the age of 10 had built his first drum set from pots and pans. In these early few years he played many different instruments and styles but jazz drumming was to be his calling.

 

After living in New York in the late eighties, John and James returned home to form Australia's premier jazz big band "The Morrison Bros Big Bad Band". John widened his exposure and experience also playing with a variety of other well-known artists including James Moody, Scott Hamilton, Richie Cole, John and Jeff Clayton, Garry Dial, Jimmy Whitherspoon, Eartha Kitt, Don Burrows, George Golla, and Bob Barnard.

 

As the driving force behind Sydney big band, Swing City, John, who was voted Australia's best big band drummer, loves the big band sound and started his own big band festival, Big Band Blast, held in Port Macquarie in May.

 

Further to his playing schedule, John is a musical director for Jazz Workshop Australia Jazz Camp, and Generations in Jazz and is patron of Zooo Superbande, MoJo Jazz Orchestra and The Australian Southern Stars, Palm Cove Jazz on the Green and the Smithfield State High School Jazz Academy.

 

As well as having a regular Sydney Jazz Band, they have bands they use all over Australia including Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Music Workshops can be organised anywhere in Australia for primary schools, high schools, community bands and choirs.

 

He is known for his work in the recording studio both as player and producer and hosted his own "Jazz at Five" radio show on Sydney radio station FM 99.3 for many years.

This is a free event but due to COVID restriction we have limited spots available and must be booked in advanced.