Matt Amy is an arranger, composer, orchestrator, trombonist and music director based in Melbourne, Australia. He has written arrangements for big bands, orchestras, pit and T.V bands for artists such as Ronan Keating, Melanie C, Anthony Callea, Guy Sebastian, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and orchestras such as Auckland Philharmonia, Istanbul Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Australian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Matt began writing at the age of 14 and were performed by his high school big band and chamber groups, local community big band and brass band, while in high school he had the opportunity to travel to New York to perform at the International Association of Jazz Educators where three of his arrangements were performed to high acclaim.
While studying for his Bachelor of Music (composition) Matt was working closely with his mentors Jordan Murray, Daryl McKenzie and Chong Lim which saw him writing arrangements for most T.V shows that still used a live band including Dancing with the Stars, Australia’s Got Talent, Australian Idol, It Takes Two and The Singing Bee.
Matt quickly established himself as a versatile arranger/transcriber that saw him working for artists from the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Big Bands throughout Europe, U.S.A, Australia, and Asia and orchestras within Australia, Turkey and New Zealand. He held the role of Head of Arranging for the Victorian State School Spectacular (2012 – 2014) where he oversaw the arranging and printing process of 38+ orchestral works for a professionally staged arena production involving more than 3,000 dance and music students from all over Victoria, Australia.
Matt Amy’s Really Big Band was formed in 2004 and held a 4 1/2 year residency at Manchester Lane playing Matt’s original compositions and arrangements before the band was disbanded and Manchester Lane closed. While there were no recordings made of the Really Big Band in the early days, a reincarnated version is on its way with plans to record an album and for Matt to pursue his passion of running and writing for this 17 piece monster.
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