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Jamie Willson


Jamie is a well known and sought after percussionist within the Hobart music scene. Jamie is multi-talented, playing both classical percussion, drum kit and jazz vibraphone and has received the Clarence Jazz Festival Ian Pearce Scholarship in 2018 and the Jazz Improvisation Outstanding Student award at the West Texas A&M University Band Camp in 2019.

He is currently studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Percussion at Utas and was awarded the Susan Williams Prize for TCE music in 2020. He has been studying percussion and drum kit since 2011, studying under Tracey Patten, Matt Goddard and Gary Wain.

Jamie was selected for, and participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists program in 2016, 2017 & 2018. In 2018 he won the Hobart Eisteddfod Just Percussion Special Award "“ Most promising percussionist. He is also currently a permanent percussionist in the A Grade Glenorchy City Council Brass Band and a member of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensemble.

A keen jazz player, playing vibraphone and drum kit and studying improvisation under Kelly Ottaway. He has played on stage at the Clarence Jazz Festival with George Washingmachine and Adrian Cunningham.

Jamie is always interested in collaboration and can step into any percussion/drum kit opportunity. He plays across a broad range of genres and is equally comfortable as a soloist or member of an ensemble. As a solo vibraphonist, Jamie enjoys playing jazz standards, in particular works by the Modern Jazz Quartet, and easy listening songs. He is equally at home playing solo classical percussion repertoire. Jamie is based in southern Tasmania but he is happy to travel. Perfect for your event.