Des Cannings

  • Bachelor of Music (Jazz - Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
  • Musical Director of the South Coast Big Band (2009-present)
  • Conductor of the City of Wollongong Junior & Beginner Brass Bands (2012-present)
  • Musical Director of the Eros Big Band (2018-present)

Young but experienced teacher of the following:
Bass Trombone
Eb Tenor Horn

I also am available to conduct and lead bands.

Relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

Music is all consuming for talented multi-instrumentalist Des Cannings who became inspired by playing the trombone as a young teenager. He played in various bands of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music touring nationally and internationally while still at school.

Membership of the local Eros Big Band from a young age and mentoring by Joe Epps, former lead trombonist of the Daly Wilson Big Band; as well as composer extraordinaire Wal Gregory and trombonist Dick Crampton, has been important to his musical development.

He founded the South Coast Big Band a decade ago as a teenager and it is still primarily made up of Wollongong-based musicians, although now also includes friends from Sydney. The band released their debut album "Alma" in late 2019 which features many of Des's original compositions and arrangements. He also transcribed, orchestrated and organised SCBB's collaboration with Steel City Strings the same year.

Des is Musical Director of the City of Wollongong Junior Brass Band that has been very successful in Eisteddfod, State and National Band Championships under his leadership. He has also recently taken over as musical director of the Eros Big Band.  

Des studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the jazz program and was fortunate to learn from leading artists such as James Greening, Dave Panichi, Phil Slater, Kevin Hunt and Judy Bailey. He played bass trombone in the Sydney Conservatorium's Jazz Orchestra and toured Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, with the group. While overseas he featured on the album 'Okay'; which features arrangements and compositions by German composer Florian Ross. He is a regular member of Judy Bailey's Jazz Connection, Paddy Kelly's Human Laser Experiment; and plays trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba in various local and Sydney musicals and bands.

He is on staff at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music teaching brass and ensembles in the jazz program.

In 2020 Des was awarded the WAYJO Composer in Residence Award, where he was commissioned to write 3 new pieces for their leading Jazz Orchestra.

Details last updated: February 13, 2024