Melinda Hole - CANBERRA CITY BAND MD
Neille Williams - JOHN AGNEW BAND MD
Neille grew up in Sydney as the daughter of a successful jazz musician and learnt to play just about anything she could get her hands on. She completed a Bachelors Degree in Music with Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and undertook further study with Ros Dunlop and Mark Walton (clarinet), Kerrie Biddell (singing) and David Birks in Seattle (saxophone). She also completed an ABODA-certified conducting qualification through the Jerry Nowak School of Conducting.
After graduating, Neille worked in Sydney as an in-demand musician and singer, performing with such notable musicians as Jon English and Natalie Bassingthwaite. She also conducted several school, college and community ensembles and wrote music for productions such as “When I Get My Name In Lights” and ad campaigns such as the “National Clean Up Australia Day”. Neille also designed and wrote an early-years music program to introduce pre-school children to music in a fun and creative way. After more than a decade in Sydney, Neille took her talents abroad, completing several international contracts on cruise ships and in hotels throughout Asia.
In 2013, Neille moved to Canberra, where she currently maintains a busy schedule of performing, teaching, conducting and composing as well as being a mother to two rambunctious boys.
Justin Buckingham SPECTRUM BIG BAND MD
Justin Buckingham is a multi-instrumentalist based in Canberra. Having played in outfits such as the Divergence Jazz Orchestra and afro-fusion band Lyre Byrdland, he currently leads swing band Rhythm Capital and plays in accordion/clarinet duo Groove Tango, the Australian Wind Orchestra on Baritone Saxophone and trad-jazz band Zackerbilks. Possessing degrees in both Music Education and Jazz Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Justin has many years’ experience teaching saxophone and other woodwinds to beginners through to tertiary in individual settings and in small to large ensembles. This teaching practise is informed by a deep experience playing and composing in a wide range of styles such as jazz, classical, funk, reggae, afrobeat, contemporary wind band, musical theatre doubling and more. Justin currently teaches woodwinds and conducts ensembles at three schools in the ACT and is the MD of Spectrum Big Band and Connexion Big Band.