Simon Hanna graduated from the Bachelor of Music in 2014.
“I received a wealth of knowledge from the Bachelor of Music. In particular studying with drum teacher Tony Floyd. Studying under Tony Floyd was the highlight of my time studying, he taught me not just what it means to be a drummer, but also what it means to be a musician. I got taught by Dave Weckl, one of my drum heroes, and this was a dream come true and forever cemented my love for music."
I also gained exposure to a variety of styles, including Balinese Gamelan, South Indian music, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Rock, Pop and Middle Eastern music, as well as arranging and film-scoring. I created an arrangement of an original song “The High Way” for a 44 piece ensemble at The Victorian College Of The Arts Secondary School as part of the Arranging for Large Ensembles subject, and created music for a video game “Project Zero” as a collaboration between my Composing for Media class and gaming students at Swinburne University. I now have the skills to one day create music for an anime and comic book project, which is a dream I’ve had.”
Simon now performs at venues across Melbourne and Ballarat, including The Clocktower, Wesley Anne, Northcote Town Hall, Open Studio and The Hamer Hall Arts Centre, with a variety of musicians including Pat Bruce, The Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde and his current projects, alternative folk rock group, The Vignettes and folk rock band, Lazybones.
He is currently studying to be a drum teacher to parallel his performance activities. Simon says “anyone can play, it’s all about attitude and passion.”