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ABOUT THE COMPOSER/ ARRANGER:

Murray MasonMulti-instrumentalist Murray Mason has had a passionate, enthusiastic and action-packed career in music education that spans 35 years as a Classroom Teacher´╗┐, HOD Music, Itinerant Guitar and Bass Teacher, and as a performer´╗┐. In addition Murray has been Musical Director of a vast number of successful and award-winning youth-based and adult musical groups including Big Bands, Jazz Combos, Rock Groups, Percussion Ensembles, Saxophone Ensembles, Guitar Ensembles, Barbershop Choruses, Orchestras and Musical Theatre productions.

Big Bands under his direction have won the National Youth Band title a total of 6 times at the New Zealand National Youth Jazz Band Competitions. Jazz Combos trained by Murray have won the National Title five times in the last 8 years, and also in 2011 groups trained by Murray won both the Big Band and Combo sections at the National Championships.

At present Murray is Performance Music Teacher at Tauranga Girls' College, is Musical Director for what is recognised as New Zealand's top regional big band, Tauranga Big Band, and he operates his own recording studio, FAT DOG STUDIO from his home in Welcome Bay, Tauranga. His present dog (Holly), unlike her much-loved predecessor, is healthy, fit and not particularly fat, but by constantly and conscientiously supplementing her diet with stolen avocados, walnuts and macadamia nuts, she has the potential to become a four-legged blimp.