McGregor Music Retreat: Brass & Wind

Unlock the dark secrets of the great horn players.

This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of brass and wind before expanding your individual sound from a base in Jazz theory. You will cover physical techniques including sound production, breathing, embouchure and articulation.

As your confidence grows you will move to explore cultivating an individual approach to phrasing; soloing and improvisation; developing mind and body connection; as well as ear training.

You will also reach beyond the notes and uncover the principals of crafting a successful jazz solo and use both your foundation skills and new techniques to illuminate the dark art of Jazz soloing.

About the tutor: Andrew McNaughton

Andrew McNaughton is an Australian based multi-instrumentalist, musical director, composer and songwriter who has performed and recorded as a featured soloist in more than 20 countries.

His career highlights include commissions and performances of his work for the Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference (Brisbane); Das Sinfonische Blasorchester des MON; Luz Amoi; and Unterbiberger Hofmusik (Germany); El Tanbura (Egypt); and Musica Viva Australia; as well as the Queensland, Melbourne and Playbox Theatre Companies

He is currently the Musical Director of the Ipswich City Big Band and a sessional staff member at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where he teaches Jazz Composition and Trumpet.


This workshop is a part of the McGregor Music Retreat. A 7-day summer music program built on a framework that can facilitate musicians of varying experience and ages. The program aims to upskill musicians through group instrument lessons, ensembles, industry workshops and performance opportunities.