Simon Bartlett is a trombone player based in the Inner West, specializing in teaching beginners in all brass instruments. He is passionate about giving brass players the best possible start, employing sound technique, productive practice habits, and well-developed musicianship.
Originally starting as a trumpet player, Simon “saw the light” at age 17, and commenced studies on the trombone. Within a year he auditioned successfully for a place at The Sydney Conservatorium.
During his time at “The Con” Simon also studied conducting, arranging, and improvisation. Between his third and fourth years, he studied on scholarship with Principal Trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra, Denis Wick. Upon graduation he was awarded with a Bachelor of Music in Trombone.
Following graduation, Simon freelanced, playing with, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and The Hunter Orchestra.
After a period of two year as musician-in-residence at the Orange Conservatorium, Simon returned to Sydney to expand his musical knowledge. Since his return, he has toured Las Vegas (Monte Carlo Hotel Casino), Singapore, Qatar, Noumea, Christmas Island, and Indonesia. He has also recorded extensively with a number of bands, as well as releasing an album with his own band. In 2004, he was commissioned to write the score for the swing musical “Jump Sugar Jump”, also produced that year in Melbourne.
Simon is currently a member of the Royal Australian Navy Band, playing Trombone, and working as a member of the band's school education program. In 2016 he was conferred an M.Mus. in Jazz Arranging by the Sydney Conservatorium