Formed in 1988 at the Victorian College of the Arts, Shrewd have been performing shows around Australia and in Singapore for over 20 years.

Originally the group formed to busk in Bourke St mall to help line our pockets in student days. We were picked up by the Comedy Club "The Last Laugh" to perform a three month show, then discovered by Musica Viva Australia, and we've been performing in collaboration with Musica Viva doing school shows and Country Wide concerts ever since.

Shrewd Brass has now performed over 1500 school shows Australia-wide, including primary and secondary schools, and tour Singapore every year.

School Shows

High velocity, informative, and fun, the five incredible players of Shrewd Brass take students through an in-depth look at the instruments, exploring their mechanics and distinctive tone, and their particularly versatile nature. The music spans classical, rock and jazz, and provides great opportunities for students to interact in this highly participatory program.

For information on booking and tours, please see Musica Viva In Schools.

"Great performance! Interaction with Kids was great. It paid off doing some of the activities with kids" – Koondrook Primary School

"The girls loved it. We already have one student asking to play the tuba!" – Sacred Heart Girls College

"The best show ever" – Templestowe Primary School

"Dazzling, very interactive and extremely funny" – Twin Arrows Productions, Hong Kong

Regional Touring For Adults

Shrewd Brass is part of The Musica Viva CountryWide program. Musica Viva CountryWide brings the best music ensembles to regional Australia. With the support of our sponsors and government partners, Musica Viva covers the travel and accommodation expenses associated with bringing the musicians to your area, and provides you with basic marketing materials.

All you have to do is cover the performance cost, organise the venue and take care of local marketing and publicity. You sell the tickets and keep the box office takings.

Shrewd Brass has performed in places such as Cobar, Coonabarabran, Northern Queensland, Wagga Wagga. In 2009 we have engagements in Mount Beauty and Bateman's Bay.

For information on booking and tours, please see Musica Viva CountryWide.

"The verve, vigour and vastly impressive breath control by the players in addition to the incredible dexterity on their instruments was truly awe inspiring" – Bay Post

"Breathtaking" – Blue Mountains Concert Society

"Rarely has this city seen or heard such a presentation of musical excellence. Strongly recommended" – Pro Musica - Wagga Wagga

The Shrewd Brass team:

  • Greg Spence – Trumpet
  • Katy Addis – Trumpets
  • Tom Ryan – Trombone
  • Martin Macaulay – Tuba
  • Rosie Savage – Horn
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