Bass Player, Educator, Composer - based in Hampshire, UK.
I am a professional musician, composer and lecturer, specialising in the electric bass and double bass.
As a bassist, I have been fortunate to perform and record with an array of different artists. I've performed at wide variety of venues and events across the UK and overseas, from festivals and concert halls through to world-famous ships and aircraft carriers! I also compose music in a range of styles, but particularly for solo bass guitar.
I hold the position of Senior Lecturer of Developing the Musician at the award-winning Solent University based in Southampton, and I am Professor of Bass Guitar and Jazz at the prestigious Royal Marines School of Music based in Portsmouth. I hold both a Bachelors degree and Masters degree in Music, and I am on a PhD in composition pathway. In addition, I am recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. For more information, list of appearances, biography, qualifications etc., please see below.
Royal Marines School of Music
- Professor of Bass Guitar and Jazz
- Leader of Rhythm Section and Improvisation Workshops
Based at Portsmouth Naval Base, I am the Professor of Bass Guitar at the Royal Marines Band Service (RMBS). The RMBS are quoted as being the "world’s most versatile military music organisation" and producing some of the "world's finest military musicians." Teaching within the Royal Marines School of Music (RMSoM), I instruct and mentor a mix of undergraduate and post-graduate musicians on the electric bass guitar and jazz double bass.
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- Senior Lecturer & Assistant Course Leader
- Head of Bass Guitar Instruction
- Module Leader for Theory and Listening
- Live Performance Techniques Lecturer
Based in the centre of Southampton (Hampshire), I am a Senior Lecturer of Developing the Musician at Solent University.
In 2019 the university was awarded the maximum rating of five stars by QS World University Rankings for teaching, employability, internationalisation, learning environment and inclusiveness. In addition, the university has been ranked among the top 30 universities in the UK for academic support, learning community and student voice in the 2019 National Student Survey and has been awarded TEF Silver by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, in recognition of the University’s excellent teaching.
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A Selection of Artists that Greg has performed / recorded with:
Big River Bandits
Cornel Oprea (Duo, Trio & Quartet)
Do It! Function Trio
Ed Hopkins Jazz Duo
Empty Cage / True Belief
Finger of Funk
Greg & Co. Function Band
Igloo Music Showband
Jazz Funk Coalition
Larkhill Choral Society
Laura Bataceli Band
Licence to Ceilidh
Mark Upton 'All Stars' Jazz Quintet
Matt Morgan Jazz Bag
'M'Jazz - Jazz Trio
Nicola Knight AKA 'Sertari'
Pink Champagne Jazz Quartet
Richard Abrahams (Jazz Duo / Trio / Quartet)
Ruth Theodore Band
Snake Oil Band
Southampton New Music Ensemble
The DLB Band
The Jazz Triangle
The Latin Flavour
The Why Notes
Winchester Piano Studios House Band
... and lots more!!!
Qualifications and Accreditations
(All original certificates available to view upon request)
MMus: Masters Degree in Musicology
PgCLTHE: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
BA (Hons): Bachelor of the Arts, Music with Humanities
FHEA: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
PTLLS: Education & Training - Level 3 and Level 4
Dip.Mus: Diploma in Music
H.Dip: Higher Diploma in Popular Music Performance (bass)
C.O.T.: Care of Trainees: MOD Training Certificate
D.V.E.: Diploma in Vocational Education - Entertainment & Popular Music
City and Guilds: NVQ Level 3 - Customer Service
ABRSM: To post level 8 standard (Double Bass)
CCPA: NSPCC Certificate in Child Protection Awareness (music)
Current DBS / CRB Certificate - Enhanced Version
A Brief Biography
Seeing a Double Bass for the first time at primary school in Poole (Dorset), Greg was offered the opportunity to learn with peripatetic lessons. His classical training on Double bass began at the age of nine. Greg first played a 1/4 size Double bass, progressing to a 3/4 standard size concert bass as he matured. He undertook exams through the Royal Academy of Music with supervision and instruction of Double Bassist, Barry Glynn. Greg played in many classical groups including the Dorset and Wessex Youth Orchestras. Youth orchestra participation provided Greg with fundamental training in playing as part of musical groups, and provided valuable inspiration from playing alongside other young musicians. These experiences served him well in his early adult hood and enabled him to play Double Bass in a variety of productions such as The “Buddy Holly” Musical (Tivoli Theatre), “Basso Profundo” in the Royal Festival Hall (London) and with the Big Little Theatre Company’s performance of “The Classics” at the Bournemouth Winter Gardens, all before he turned 18.
Greg got his first electric bass guitar for his 13th Birthday. Looking back, Greg admits he would “not be playing today without this gift and the support from my parents”. Amongst his very first electric bass gigs was a jazz-fusion band at school. After successfully completing his GCSEs, Greg studied at Bournemouth College, gaining a City and Guilds in Communication and Entertainment. During this period he began to develop his abilities by playing with various amateur bands. By now, his love of the “low end” was really growing! After College, Greg’s musical tastes changed. He filled the bass slot in some progressive rock bands. One of the most challenging was learning the bass parts to play with rock covers band Mind Switch - playing anything from Iron Maiden to White Zombie!
Greg’s later resignation from Mind Switch was due to moving to Manchester, which proved to be a huge mistake (one of those life changing moments) that lead to Greg almost giving up playing completely. Thankfully, fate taking its hand returned Greg to Poole. A chance phone call from local music shop, Guitar Mania, led to Greg joining a relatively new original progressive metal band True Belief which was later renamed Empty Cage. After what seemed like years of songwriting, many free promotion gigs and recording demos, the partnership of Lee Stoten (Dead Head Records) and Lionel Hicks (Film and Record Producer) heard a demo and signed the band on a one album recording and licensing deal. This took Greg to America (Minneapolis) to record in WinterLand studios with Todd Fitzgerald (engineer for artists such as Sting and Sheryl Crow). In the USA Greg also met up with American singer-song writer Tamrah Aeryn, for whom he now plays occasionally on her visits to the UK.
Since returning from the States, Greg has completed: a Masters in Music (MMus); a dual honours Bachelor of Arts degree (BA hons); two teaching qualifications (PgCLTHE and PTLLS); a HND/HDip in Popular Music Performance; a Diploma in Music (Dip.Mus); and has become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Greg has also attended masterclasses with Todd Johnson, Reggie Hamilton, Steve Lawson, Stu Hamm, Paul Turner, Julian Crampton, and Lorenzo Feliciati. Currently, Greg performs with an array of different ensembles, from a Jazz duo & trio & quartet, a function 'power-trio' and a 7 piece function band. Greg also undertakes regular dep, recording & session work which includes a variety of multi-media composers and a range of (predominately) London based agencies. Greg is also a well-respected music lecturer who enjoys passing on his knowledge to aspiring professional musicians. Greg became the Professor of Bass Guitar for the Royal Marines Band Service in 2013 as well as Lecturer of Developing the Musician at Solent University in 2016.
Greg is happily married to Hannah, a Public Health Researcher. In January 2016, they welcomed a baby daughter to the world - Cozette - a name derived from Mozart's Opera Così fan tutte & Schönberg's Musical Les Misérables.