Sunil De Silva

  • 40 years professional exprience
  • Principal Percussion Instructor at Billy Hydes Music

Australia’s Premier Hand Percussionist

Sunil De Silva has established a formidable reputation as Australia’s premier hand percussionist during the last 25 years. He has been fortunate to have worked with some of the world’s most respected musicians and artists, encompassing an enviable range of musical styles.

Always the “"rst call’ percussionist, Sunil is at the cutting edge of musical performance. He is the premier endorsee for LP, through the auspices of Garry Hyde and Musiclink Australia.

Sunil is also the main percussion teacher at Billy Hydes Sydney, and has nurtured many young musicians into their careers. His resume is like reading a history of Australian Music. He is in
demand as both a freelance and session player and his talents have been heard in films such as “Strictly Ballroom” and “Crocodile Dundee”.

Sunil has performed on most Australian TV shows, has been recorded on over 400 CD’s/albums as well as thousands of jingles & commercials for TV & radio.

Sunil has won awards for the Best Latin Percussionist , Best Studio
Player, Best Jazz Player and as an Australian LP Clinician.

Performing Experience

  • James Morrison – 2005, 2006, 2007 Europe Tours plus numerous Australian gigs. Also “On The Edge” DVD & CD.
  • INXS (live, studio & touring)
  • Midnight Oil (live, studio & touring)
  • Tommy Emmanuel (live, studio & touring)
  • Billy Thorpe Mushroom Records Anniversary Concert
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead (live)
  • John Denver (toured for 2 years, drums & percussion) with James Burton on guitar & Garry She? on bass (both from Elvis Presley’s band)
  • Jermaine Jackson (live on tour to Australia)
  • Jose Feliciano (The Midday Show)
  • Bryan Ferry (The Don Lane Show)
  • Bob Marley tour with Doug Parkinson & The Southern Star Band
  • The Doobie Brothers (Sydney concert at Hordern Pavilion – drums)
  • Judy Bailey with John Sangster at the Manly Jazz Festival
  • Cross"re (live)
  • Jenny Morris (also toured Europe with Prince, Paul McCartney, Tears For Fears)
  • Marcia Hines (drums & percussion)
  • Renee Geyer (drums & percussion)
  • Kasey Chambers, Adam Harvey, Shane Nicholson, Alex Lloyd, Troy Casser-Daly - CD recordings
  • Hoodoo Gurus, Noiseworks – CD Recordings
  • Jon Stevens solo tour with Randy Jackson on bass
  • Jimmy Barnes (live & studio)
  • Peter Allen (live on tour)
  • Marc Hunter & Dragon (CD & live)
  • Doug Williams (live, studio & recording)
  • 2007 – Sri Lanka concerts with Wild"re
  • 2008 – Abu Dhabi concerts with Doug Williams
  • 2008 – Genting International Jazz Festival with Schalk Joubert & The 3 Continents Sextet
  • 2007 – 3 months at the Luxor Hotel Theatre in Las Vegas, USA, with “Burn The Floor”
  • 2008 – DJ Gig with The Martini Club
181 Prince Alfred Parade
Newport, NSW
0412 394 999


Details last updated on January 29, 2020