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Gerry’s musical studies began at the age of 6 learning the piano from his father George, then by the age of 12 expressed interest in taking up the drums. Gerry then began taking drum lessons from Ray Raphael and later from Peter Blick.
Since this time, Gerry’s talent has seen him play in many different situations and directions which has made him a sort after player in this country.
Gerry has performed/ backed many artists which include Larry Carlton(USA Guitar Legend) Richard Marx (USA Pop Artist ), Hugh Jackman, Martin Short(USA) Venetta Fields, John Farnham, Judith Durham, The Seekers, Lisa Edwards, Tina Arena, Peter Cupples, Colleen Hewitt, Thelma Houston(USA), Roachford (U.K), Donovan(UK), Todd McKenney, Marina Pryor, Doug Parkenson, to name a few..
Gerry is also a sort after session player and has seen him record with artist such as Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noel, David Campbell, Anthony Callea, Engelbert Humperdinck (USA) Casey Donovan, Rob Mills, Kate DeAraugo, Lee Harding, Geoff Achison (and live in concert DVD), Lisa Edwards, Tommy Emmanuel, Bachelor Girl, Human Nature, Stylus,Project 3, Blue Heelers Theme and also music for Russell Coight .
Gerry has also been active in theatre productions which include Grease the arena spectacular (which toured nationally), Fame the musical, Witches of Eastwick, Mamma Mia, Dirty Dancing, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (dep), the Rocky Horror Show, the Boy from Oz, Strictly Ballroom, The Bodyguard and Jesus Christ Superstar.
You have also heard (maybe not seen) Gerry on numerous TV events such as Hey Hey it’s Saturday, In Melbourne Tonight, G.M.A, Goodwill Games 2001 Opening Ceremony, AFL Grand Final 03, 04, 05, 06 Carols by Candlelight 2004-17. The Big Night In with John Forman, Dancing with the Stars (dep), Australia’s Got Talent 07, the 2009-17 Logies and Young TalentTime.
Touring is also a big part of Gerry’s career which has seen him travel around Australia and the world doing various projects. Such as clinic demos for the Roland Corporation (traveling to Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines), Drum clinics for Yamaha, The Seekers Farewell tour of NZ and the UK 95, Tommy Emmanuel tours 96 and 97, Bachelor Girl tour of 98, Mamma Mia in Hong Kong in 2004, Roachford Australian Tour 2006, Logic tour of Indonesia and Singapore 08 and more recently touring with Larry Carlton on his Australian Tour 2014 and Richard Marx Australian Tour 2016.
Gerry is also active in the teaching scene. He has been part of the teaching faculty at Melbourne Polytechnic for the past 17 years, Australian Institute of Music (AIM) and also teaches privately.
Gerry is currently active performing with Geoff Achison and the Souldiggers, Stylus, Jack Pantazis Quartet, Project 3 featuring Simon Patterson on guitar and Craig Newman on Bass and with Damage featuring Phil Turcio on Keys, Brett Garsed on Guitar and Craig Newman on Bass.
Gerry has performed with :-
Martin Short (USA)
Thelma Houston (USA)
Howard Levy (USA)
Olivia Newton John
James Morrison (Great Australian Trumpeter)
Christine Sullivan Funk Band
Daryl McKenzie Big Band
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Victoria State Orchestra
B Sharp Big Band
Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera)