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Born in Auckland New Zealand, I grew up surfing and playing music on the Gold Coast of Australia. I started playing music seriously when I was 16 and I formed a high school band that sparked the desire to become a professional musician.

By the age of 18 I had started the Gold Coast band Cry Wolf that featured kiwi guitar player vocalist Eugenie O'Reilly, Rob O'Sullivan a bassist from Cork Ireland, Brad Wood (drums) and Steve Wiggins (Tenor Sax) from the Gold Coast. The line up changed to a four piece with Steve leaving and Mick Sippel joining the band filling the drummers chair. We released the album 'Change' through 'Black Label' records. This band went on to teach me valuable lessons in Business and Management skills.

My life expanded with my musical ability and when I was 21, i began professional music tutoring at Guitar World on the Gold Coast. I ran a successful jazz club in Surfers Paradise called Voodoo Blues and it was there that I met my most influential friends. Keyboard player and composer Eva Breckon, Drummer Tom Hanlon and Bassist Damian Barnard all played a part in my quick growth and appreceation for jazz. These players continue to inspire me today. Damian featured on the debut Fusion album 'Total Non Sense' with the band 'THONK' in May 2001.

The year 2001 saw my fusion band 'THONK' support International heavy-weights such as Vinnie Coliuta, Bill Evens, The Yellow Jackets, Virgil Donati and Chad Wackerman. 2002 was an even better year for THONK as tours with Dave Weckl, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale and Virgil Donati were performed.

After touring with Thonk I settled back into the Gold Coast music and entertainment industry during 2003 to 2005 performing in the Brisbane and Gold Coast Casinos and local live music hot spots with the acclaimed 'Andy had a Brick' show band.

I moved home to NZ from 2006 to 2015 finding new creative energy, grounding myself and getting in touch with my musicality more. I founded the Mauao Performing Arts Centre in Mount Maunganui 2010 and have enjoyed watching that grow into one of NZ's finest teaching and perfromance establishments.

I'm now back on the road touring / writing and exploring the Australian music festival scene and basing myself in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.

Long way from the surf!!....but i love the poeple and the local music scene here.

Peace and Aroha :) Aaron

   
 MOUNT NYE 2008

 ANDY HAD A BRICK