Born in Canberra, Adam Matthews took an early interest in music learning the guitar for a number of years then taking up the saxophone in 1990. Having been educated at Radford College he was accepted to the Canberra School of Music in 1996 to study jazz saxophone. During this time he worked as a freelance musician locally and internationally playing styles ranging from jazz, latin and rock, as well as performing with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and various chamber music ensembles.
Upon joining the Australian Army Band Corps in 2002, he was posted to the Australian Army Band Sydney where, under the leadership of Major Geoff Grey, he was featured in the ARIA nominated recording Camouflage, and Salute to the Aussie Digger which both raised more than $60,000 for Legacy. In 2002 he was deployed to East Timor and later to the Solomon Islands in 2004 to help maintain morale and esprit de corps for Australian troops. In 2003 the Unit was awarded a Chief of Defence Force Commendation for services to both the Australian Defence Force and the wider community. In 2006 he was posted to the Band of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Townsville where he was promoted to Corporal. The following year was posted to the Band of the Royal Military College taking up the role of saxophone section leader. In June 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Adam returns to the post of Spectrum Big Band MD in 2014.
Next gig: 1930s Kick Up Your Heels
Sat 27th April