Mr John Ciccarelli
John Ciccarelli first started playing the guitar at High school at the age 14, he then formed a band with 3 friends, and they called themselves The Reasons Four and were soon playing at dances and Hotels.
The highlight of this period was a 2 year residency at Kurrajong Heights Hotel every playing music every Saturday and Sunday, and The Liverpool Railway Hotel during the week nights. This amount of playing the guitar was a tremendous learning environment both musical and social. There were also TV appearances when the band entered a talent show were they won there heat.
The year as 1970 and the era of conscription, John was called up to serve in the Army for a 2 year period. After the initial period of Basic Training John applied to join the Army Band, his application was successful and was given a Trombone to learn. In this highly musical world his musicianship flourished.
John decided to learn the trombone properly and enrolled in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where for the next 2 years and under the guidance of Geoff Bailey a trombonist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra John reached the level of grade 8 AMEB. During his time at the Con. John also joined the Conservatorium Big Band, in that band at the time were Rodger Frampton, Paul Panichi, David Panichi, James Morrison, John Morrison, Alan Freeman, (the Daltons) and many other musicians who would later to become well known Sydney musicians. Directors of the band where Don Burrows, Bill Motzing, and Professor Howie Smith. During this time John was the resident trombonist at the Mount Prichard Sports Club for 2 years where and the band backed many of Sydney’s top Club acts
After a 20 year hiatus from the music world, John in 2000 began teaching school children how to play instruments in the school concert band, John is proficient in Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, (Alto & Tenor), Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Drums, & Acoustic Guitar.
John has also been a 10 year member of the NSW Ambulance Band, played with Jimmy Shaw’s Big band Shawnuff, The Swing Era Big Band, and Recorded a CD with Cool Era Jazz Band appeared in the Manly and Thredbo Jazz festival with the Benjamin Big band, and toured Canada and North America with the same band. Studied Conducting under the tuition of Professor Jerry Nowak and conducted the Harmonic Concert Band for the last 10 years. John has a wealth of musical knowledge which he enjoys pasting on to young developing musicians.