Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Communications and Creative Industries

First Advisor

Graeme Lyall

Second Advisor

Dr Maggi Phillips


The aims of this research are to set up a large contemporary ensemble that plays varied repertoire in different performance contexts and may generate at the same time, a vehicle for my composition and arranging. Involved within the research are strategies to increase the musical and performance skills of the musicians, to break down barriers between the audience and performers, to look at ways to include I promote/ increase/ audience participation, to work with the community, and find opportunities for paid employment for big band situations. Aspects of New Orleans brass bands, the Duke Ellington's and Count Basie's Orchestra's will be investigated to determine if and how the concepts of their styles can be adapted to my own music to create something valid for today's situation in a city like Perth, Western Australia.

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