Greg Spence

Spencie’s Mum was keen for her little treasure to devote his life to the piano, but he hated it so much that he slammed down the lid, took up trumpet, and never looked back. With the music of Doc Severinsen, Lee Morgan and Maynard Ferguson ringing in his ears, Greg has performed on Australian TV for several years (IMT, Logies, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Dancing With The Stars, It Takes Two) as well as supporting Jerry Lewis and Shirley Bassey on tour and decking himself out regularly in tinsel for Carols by Candlelight. You can hear his truly fearsome trumpet chops on ads for Ford, Panasonic and Boags beer commercials (‘the one with the sexy woman’), or at the many gigs that this full-time muso plays around town. What does our spunky section leader think about B#? “A fantastic concept, love the talent. My boys’ll flow like honey!”

Shane Gillard

He’s back! One of B#’s original members returns to the line up after a 3-year hiatus, and we couldn’t be happier! If absence makes the heart grow fonder, we’re over the moon about Shane’s return.

Shane cut his musical teeth on his dad’s drumsticks. Mr. Gillard Senior played with the Blue Tones 5, and little Shane could often be found fast asleep in the corner of rehearsals. Thankfully, Shane got out of that habit and made his own mark on audiences, including playing trumpet with the Australian Army Band for 4 years. He has toured with Ray Charles, John Farnham, and Anthony Warlow. On top of his role-playing rings around big swing hits for B#, this cat can be heard performing on T.V. shows such as Dancing With The Stars, It Takes Two & The Logies. He also teaches the next generation of trumpet greats at Scotch College and enjoys Kung Fu. One has to ask whether those two activities go hand in hand, right? He says “You betcha, the Army training doesn’t hurt either”.

Eugene Ball

Also known as ‘Druncle Lugie’ (for reasons better known to his muso mates), Eugene has made his mark on the Melbourne music scene in freelance musicianship, teaching, touring and recording. His Dad is still getting toes tapping on clarinet for the Yarra Yarra Jazz Band, but Eugene is surely too busy doing his Masters in Performance and Composition and travelling OS to spend very much time with the folks. His Jazz festival highlights include playing at Montreau (Canada) and Rosskilda (Denmark). He has toured extensively with ‘The Hoodangers’- a trad jazz and punk group. Eugene has unleashed his yummy trumpet chops on Russia, Europe, Asia, the US, Canada and New Zealand with this outfit. When he’s in Melbourne Town, he teaches at Monash, VCA and Eltham High. Another caffeine aficionado on the B# Team, this spiky-haired lad roasts his own beans. Hey, you spend time in that many airport lounges – you get to know good coffee. His take on the B# phenomenon? “Organised to hell – but in a good way, y’know?”

Gianni Marinucci

In a galaxy long ago, little Gianni picked up a trumpet and attempted to play the music of his Star Wars idol, John Williams. Luckily for us, he was soon abducted by the Starship ‘improvisation’ and never looked back. He now teaches and inspires others, in private and in public, with his lyrical interpretations on the trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn.

This Horn Honey’s secret passions include opera, cello, and single malt scotch, but none get in the way of his stellar trumpet career. He has traveled extensively with his craft – touring Germany, Hong Kong, and Thailand, as well as top-shelf music festivals here and over the waters. He has three solo CDs in circulation, and lives by a maxim of his idol Art Farmer: “You can spend your entire life looking for the right mouthpiece…better to spend your time looking for the perfect notes”.

About playing with B# he says: “It’s a fantastic big band. When you turn up to a B# gig, you always know you’ll be playing with the best players in town! They’re also the most perfectly organized group I have ever played with…. they always play with high energy, and everyone leaves the gig sweating!! They sure do swing!”

Well, we love his notes – whichever mouthpiece he’s using!