Teaching Staff

Pauline Ainsworth
Band Director and Tutor
Pauline started learning trumpet in primary school. After high school she studied conducting and learned multiple instruments, and she still performs in community bands. Pauline’s love of music is seen in her students, some who have become professional performers and teachers. She looks forward to teaching new generations of musicians!
Hannah Alexander
Band Director and Tutor
Hannah is a multi-instrumentalist with a love of film and theatre music. She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium and then spent 3 years travelling overseas with a performing arts company. Hannah is excited to be back home sharing her love of music with students across Sydney.
Lucia Bichara
Band Director and Tutor
Kenny Bradshaw
Band Director and Tutor
Kenny teaches at many schools in southern Sydney and was a full-time member of the Royal Australian Navy Band for 4 years. He performs regularly in Sydney with small groups to big bands, including the Ambulance Service of NSW Band.
Lillian Burke
Tutor
Lillian is currently studying at Macquarie University and is a member of numerous bands in the Hills District.
Damian Butler
Band Director and Tutor
Jamahl Carman
Band Assistant
Jamahl is a percussionist who has had a passion for drumming for the last ten years. He has had experience playing in school bands throughout primary and high school. Jamahl is currently a member of the 4-piece jangle pop, psych rock band, Cosmic Vibrations, playing gigs across Sydney.
John Ciccarelli
Band Director and Tutor
John has a wealth of musical knowledge which he enjoys passing on to young musicians. John studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, has been a member of the Army Band, NSW Ambulance Band, and numerous other Big Bands and jazz ensembles.
Nick Ciccarelli
Band Director and Tutor
Michael Ciccarelli
Tutor
Michael has been playing music since he was ten years old, and has performed across Australia and Europe. He has been teaching and conducting across various Sydney schools for ten years. Michael has also recently completed his Bachelor of Music, majoring in performance.
Tim Dunne
Tutor
Ramon Echevarria
Tutor
Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music from Macquarie University in 2015, Ramon is one of Sydney’s preeminent guitarists, performing with several bands around the country and overseas.
Ryoko Funamoto
Tutor
Ryoko learned the piano and flute in Japan and played in various bands and ensembles before coming to Australia. Now she enjoys playing the flute and piccolo in a local community band and an orchestra. She is happy to teach young musicians and hopes the seeds of music that she plants in them will grow into a whole-life enjoyment.
Jane Hart
Tutor
Jane studied music at Newcastle University. She brings a wealth of experience, with a professional career performing in and managing various ensembles as a flautist, jazz vocalist and music arranger. Jane currently plays flute and piccolo with Hills Shire Symphony Orchestra.
Janet Hatfield
Band Director and Tutor
I received my first piano lesson for my 8th birthday and loved singing in the school choir and playing flute in the band. Now my passion is getting the musical best out of my students and encouraging them to persist to a place of competency, enjoyment and high order learning!
Ben Hurley
Band Director and Tutor
A life-long music educator with a Bachelor of Music from UNSW and Master of Teaching (Secondary) from UWS, Ben has worked in TSA band programs since 2014, drawing on his classical and jazz training. He also enjoys performing traditional Irish music with his wife Chloe at local folk festivals.
Emma Katen
Tutor
Celia Kearin
Band Director and Tutor
Celia graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and she has worked for over 25 years as a brass teacher and band conductor. Celia has played with orchestras, musical societies and brass/concert bands. She has been a longstanding member of the Holroyd Brass Band, currently Co-Principal Cornet.
Matthew King
Band Director and Tutor
Matthew studied clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and graduated in 2015. He enjoys musical education as well as regular performances with various orchestras around Sydney.
Mari Kivela
Band Director and Tutor
Mari studied clarinet performance, music education and conducting in Finland and the Netherlands before landing in Sydney in 2015. Mari is always excited to learn new instruments and currently plays euphonium, French horn and trombone in community orchestras around Sydney.
Steven Lavis
General Manager
Steven studied Oboe at the University of Newcastle – B.Mus (Hons) DipEd. He has performed with numerous orchestras and enjoys working with regional and rural music and ensemble programs. He has worked for TSA for the past 15 years, and is father to two of his own budding musicians.
Daniel Masman
Band Director and Tutor
Arts graduate of the University of Western Sydney, Dan also studied film and composition at the Australian Film Television Radio School. Teaching and composing for over 20 years, his other skills include animation colourist and video store clerk. In the future, Dan hopes to be among the first humans to colonize Mars.
Jessica McBride
Band Director and Tutor
Jess initially learned flute and alto saxophone as part of a school band program and studied music at the University of Newcastle. She strives to instill a love of music with a sound knowledge of the basics and an emphasis on fun!
Rowen McBride
Band Director and Tutor
Rowen is passionate about music education. He studied at the Conservatorium in Newcastle, and currently directs concert, jazz and brass bands across the Central Coast and Sydney. Rowen regularly conducts and adjudicates in state and national competitions and enjoys performing as a member of Central Coast Brass.
Tom McCracken
Band Director and Tutor
Tom is a percussionist and music teacher who is currently studying his Bachelor of Music at UNSW. He has played countless musicals with various Sydney societies, toured internationally with the NSWPS Millennium Marching Band, and is also currently a member of The Butchers jazz trio and 343 Brass Band who both play a range of Sydney venues.
Joshua McNulty
Tutor
Joshua has been a passionate musical educator in numerous schools since graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2015. Beyond teaching, conducting, composing and playing with community bands, he also founded and directs The FilmHarmonia Orchestra, who play concerts celebrating and promoting the artistic integrity of the world’s great film music.
Ben Miesch
Director, TSA
Jane Nelson
Band Director and Tutor
Lisa Nesci
Tutor
Lisa started playing the clarinet, alto saxophone and flute in high school. It was after 25 years that she returned to her love of playing music with The Shire Bands where she also volunteers her time as the Secretary. Lisa currently tutors at numerous schools within the Shire.
Maddison O’Connor
Band Director and Tutor
Jill Quinn
Tutor
Jill started her love of music with the piano but has since broadened her horizons with the clarinet, trumpet, flute and more recently the french horn. She also occasionally teaches music in secondary schools whilst also playing in the Shire Band and the Shire New Horizons Bands.
Wayne Rigby
Band Director and Tutor
Wayne has been teaching professionally for 15 years and currently teaches at 9 schools in NSW. Wayne teaches and performs on 13 instruments and tours with his band Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides – one of the leading blues/jazz/roots bands in the country.
Alex Slater
Tutor
Having graduated with honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Alex has pursued a career in composition and is currently scoring for film and television. Formally trained as a jazz drummer Alex worked for many years as a session musician and has toured both nationally and internationally. When he’s not teaching or composing he’s writing and performing with local bands.
Jenny Sparks
Band Director and Tutor
Daryl Walton
Band Director and Tutor
Daryl is an enthusiastic and energetic band director and tutor who has been running band programs with TSA for 7 years. Daryl currently teaches at eight primary schools. Daryl and his son Nic are members of the Café Latte Orchestra that perform in regional centres throughout NSW.
Janice Wee
Tutor
Janice is a current student at UNSW taking a double degree in music and education. She can be spotted at schools across Sydney and is always striving to create a safe space to learn music. Over the years, Janice has grown a strong passion for teaching flute and other woodwinds.
Karen Williams
Band Director and Tutor
Karen found her love of music in high school where she had the opportunity to play multiple instruments. She completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle. Karen always enjoys passing on her knowledge and seeing her students succeed.
Rob Woodward
Band Director and Tutor
Robert Woodward (PhD) is a saxophonist, flautist, clarinettist, performer, arranger, producer and educator equally at home in the classical, jazz or popular music genres.