Trumpet player, composer and arranger Cam McAllister has been an active member of the Melbourne, and more recently Sydney’s jazz scenes for the past fifteen years. During that time he has led various ensembles of his own and also been a member of numerous bands and ensembles of note, including: Gordon Brisker Quintet, Mark Fitzgibbon Quintet, David Rex Quintet, Daniel Gassin Sextet, Musiikki Oy, Bennett’s Lane Big Band, Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra, Tim Wilson’s ‘Cannonball’ project, Los Cabrones, Rumberos, Joe Camilleri’s ‘Jazz Heads’ and the Bamboos among many others.
Cam’s strong ability as a reading musician has also led him into musical areas of pop/rock and musical theatre. Cam has toured, performed or recorded with several high profile bands, musicians and personalities including: John Cleese, Roger Daltry, Alice Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Rodgers, Peter Frampton, Vanessa Amorosi, Petula Clark and Richard Carpenter, among many others.
Cam has also played in the bands for various TV shows including: Dancing with the Stars and In Melbourne Tonight as well as performing on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Good Morning Australia and The Denise Drysdale Show.
Cam’s passion of composition for larger ensembles has developed strongly, particularly over the past seven years where he has been a member of the Royal Australian Navy Band. Cam has written numerous original compositions for the Navy Big Band as well as countless arrangements, often for vocalists, covering many styles. Just recently Cam was asked to write a big band arrangement for the opening of the musical An Officer and a Gentleman for its Sydney debut.
Cam moved from his home city of Melbourne to Sydney in January 2011 where he was posted to the Sydney detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band. During this time Cam has formed two ensembles: the Cam McAllister Sextet and more recently, the Cam McAllister Big Band, performing all original compositions of his.
Cam’s Big Band music gets performed by bands all over Australia, most notably with the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra who have recorded two of his original pieces.