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Piet Collins

General Details

Advanced Diploma of Music, Victorian Institute of Teachers

Advanced Diploma of Music Performance – Victoria University
Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing – Chisholm Institute
Trinity Guildhall U.K Orchestral Percussion – Grade Eight
Performing – 29 years
Teaching – 7 years

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Piet began studying drums and percussion at the age of twelve with world renowned jazz drummer/marimba player/educator Jim Bailey. He started playing professionally at fifteen with respected blues and jazz musicians around Adelaide and went on to complete the Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies at the Adelaide College of Advanced Education.

All aspects of music were covered, from jazz to funk to classical and mallet percussion as well as drum kit and snare drum studies. During this time Piet taught at various private music schools around Adelaide.

After completing his formal education, Piet performed with Adelaide’s best bands and musicians, including guest spots with Normie Rowe and U.S soul legends The Crystals. Before leaving Adelaide in 1991 he was a member of the house band for the ABC’s “The Big Gig” comedy show, playing to packed houses at the Festival Theater six shows a week.

Soon after arriving in Melbourne he was selected as drummer for The Sharp. His tight musical playing and vocal skills became an intrinsic part of this well known and loved band.
The Sharp went on to release three albums through Warner Music (debut achieved Gold) and he toured nationally and internationally for four years.

A sponsorship deal with D.W drums was struck and during this time Piet gained valuable recording experience under such producers as Peter Farnan (Boom Crash Opera, MTC, Malthouse Theater), Nick Mainsbridge (Rat Cat, Def FX, Tall Tales and True, The Triffids) and Rick Will (Jimmy Barnes, Diesel and Ziggy Marley).

Since The Sharp, Piet has continued teaching (Caulfield Music Centre, Mornington Secondary College, Haileybury College, Toorak College, MLC, The Peninsula School).

He has also performed with Tina Arena, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Fiona Horne (Def FX), Scott Owen (The Living End) Brian Mannix (Uncanny X Men), Paul Norton, Grace Knight, John Paul Young, Chris Wilson, Shane Howard, Sean Kelly (The Models), Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera) James Freud (The Models), The Sandpebbles, Scott Carne (Kids in the Kitchen) Michael Spiby (The Badloves) Alyce Platt and U.K pop megastars A.B.C

In 2004 he was part of the house band for “The Sapphires” – a soul review show at the Melbourne Theatre Company, starring Rachel Maza and Deborah Mailman.

He is proficient in all areas of percussion teaching, mallet and orchestral instruments as well as drum kit studies and in 2008 he taught over fifty students and lead percussion ensembles at Toorak College and Haileybury College.

He is registered with the Victorian Institute of Teachers and is currently the Head of the Percussion faculty at The Peninsula School where he leads four percussion ensembles conducts a Middle School Concert Band and teaches students from Years Three to Twelve.

Piet also oversees Show Band/Stage Band/Drumline/Concert Orchestra/Symphonic Band and has lead ensembles at the Kew Festival/Anzac Day march and a long lost of inter-school concerts.

These details were last updated on August 16, 2013