Jon Fernandes is the passionate and enthusiastic Musical Director of the Kalamunda Youth Swing Band. With a background in Jazz Arranging (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts), Jon is an accomplished musician, composer, arranger, producer and educator, performing regularly on piano, bass and as a vocalist with many professional bands in Perth, particularly in the jazz and funk scene. He has performed alongside artists such as Clarence Reid, James Morrison, Grace Knight, Daryl Somers and Joe Chindamo and worked in the studio with Fred Wesley, James Brown's trombonist and musical director from the 60's and 70's. Jon is currently the Musical Director of several professional bands of various styles in Perth, has toured nationally and internationally, written on an ARIA Award-winning album and continues to release his own original music. After 10 years performing with the Kalamunda Youth Swing Band under founder Dave Way, Jon was invited to take up the mantle of Musical Director in 2008. With a passion for music and education, Jon is deeply committed to pursuing new avenues of promoting the Kalamunda Youth Swing Band in order to further develop the musical experience of band members and continue to build on the solid reputation of this great band.
Assistant Musical Directors