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Paul Gibens

Born in Westport, New Zealand, Paul was educated in Hamilton where he, among other pursuits, concentrated on Classical Piano, Alto Sax, Clarinet and Flute studies.

In Auckland, between 1969 and 1984, he was a principal arranger for Television New Zealand working on light entertainment shows such as "Happen Inn", "Ray Woolf Show"; "12 Bar Rhythm and Shoes" etc. etc.

TVNZ used all types of bands from pop-rock through to symphonic orchestras. Paul contributed hundreds of charts and fine-tuned his writing by playing his own charts in the TV session bands.

At the same time he was regularly commissioned by Radio NZ to compose and arrange jazz programmes for combos and big bands.

Since arriving in Brisbane in 1988 he has worked on a wide variety of arranging commissions. Including:

  • Channel Seven "Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols" in 1992, 1995 and 2003. Orchestrations for the Queensland Philharmonic "Spirit Of Christmas" concerts.
  • All big band and vocal charts for the popular Sanctuary Cove Christmas Program Program "Carols At The Cove". An annual event since 1996.
  • Many of Paul's charts are used by Tommy Tycho in various shows.
  • Paul specializes in vocal backing charts and over the years his arrangements have been performed by many of Australia's leading singers including, among others, Rob Guest, Judith Durham, Rhonda Burchmore , Frank Bennett and Duke Bannister.

Paul Gibens is truly an icon in the Entertainment Industry.


John Pieri

John PieriJohn Pieri is a name that is well known in the Melbourne and Brisbane / Gold Coast Music scene as a Master Guitarist, Arranger and Audio / Visual Computer Technician. Steeped in the sounds and styles of Guitarists worldwide, John brings a renaissance perspective to Quintessential.

John is truly a Music Aficionado who has played with many Top Bands over the years and is warmly referred to as a Musician’s Musician.

In addition to his role as Catalyst for the Band, John apportions his time to his highly successful Recording Studio and his role in musical heritage as a visiting teacher at several Gold Coast private schools.

Contact John via email at jpmusic@bigpond.net.au   or visit his recording studio

Brad Esbensen

John PieriBrad Esbensen is a Brisbane based trumpet player, arranger, composer and music copyist. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor's degree in music education and is currently studying for a Masters degree in Music Technology through the University of Newcastle.

In addition to working with a variety of big bands and small jazz and rock groups, he has also worked in backing bands for artists such as the Drifters, Max Miller, James Morrison, Normie Rowe,  Grace Knight, Kenny Rogers, Denis Knight, D.J Fontana, The Blues Brothers in Concept, the Moscow Circus, Weber Brothers Circus and the Queensland Pops Orchestra.

His compositions have featured as test pieces for the Jazz Ensemble sections in the Australian Academy Festival of Music since 2001. The Queensland Pops Orchestra, Brisbane Big Band, Swing Force Big Band and numerous school bands, have performed his compositions and arrangements. He has been engaged as a copyist by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and various touring shows. He was the recipient of first place in the 1994 Perth Jazz Orchestra Composition Awards with an original arrangement of “There Will Never Be Another You”.

A perfectionist in every respect, Brad is well known and respected by his peers as a musician, a Chart Master and as a friend.

Contact Brad via email at  brad@bemus.com.au  or visit his website  www.bemus.com.au


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