Simon Petty is coordinator of instrumental music at Trinity Lutheran College on the Gold Coast. Earning his Bachelor of Music in jazz trumpet performance and instrumental music pedagogy from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Simon has gone on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Graduate Certificate in Music Studies on Australian jazz history and composition. His current PhD research considers the history of jazz in regional Australian contexts. Simon pursues a vigorous performance profile, having performed with many of Australia’s leading big bands and orchestras. His professional instrumental and conducting activities include live radio and television performances, national broadcasts, musicals, and commercial recording sessions. He also continues a busy schedule as a music educator, clinician and sustains many freelance performances and recordings with a number of bands and projects throughout Australia.