Member Profile: George Brodbeck

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Software: Finale, Logic, PDF
Clients: The Boy From Oz, TCN 9, Schools Spectacular
Score resolutions: A4, A3, 120GSM

I've been a professional musician in Sydney, Australia for over 40 years. Born and educated in Switzerland, I migrated to Australia in 1965.
I now live in the Hunter Valley, 2 hours north of Sydney where I compose & arrange music for students of all ages with a special focus on beginners.

Career Highlights

As a trombone player:

Played in the bands and orchestras of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis and Liza Minelli (1988 tour), Natalie Cole, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Billy Eckstine and lots more.

Orchestra member of many musicals including principle trombone in "42nd Street" for 2 years and "The Boy From Oz" (1998)

As an arranger/composer:

Staff arranger (and trombonist) for Channel 9 in Sydney for almost 20 years.

All arrangements for the original production of "The Boy From Oz" and re-write the music for a larger orchestra in 2006 when Hugh Jackman played Peter Allen in the Arena version of the show.

Film music credits include "Dirty Deeds" and "The Night They Called It A Day"

Re-arranged the musicals "Little Me" & "Singing In The Rain" for special size orchestras.

As a teacher:

Arranging (and trombone) teacher at the department of Jazz Studies of the Sydney Conservatorium for 20 years. Amongst my students were James Morrison and Adrian Mears (not that they needed much teaching!)

A variety of brass teaching jobs at school & beginner level.

Alexander Technique & NLP:

In 1996 I completed my 3 year training as a teacher of the Alexander Techique (AT). My main tutor at the AT school was William Brenner, an expert at Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP), who studied under John Grinder, one of the creators of NLP.

I have been using the AT & NLP skills for teaching music and my own personal development.