Simon Sweeney is a graduate of The Forest High School and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he earned both Bachelors and Masters degrees in music performance. Simon was fortunate to have studied under Steve Williams, Dick Montz, John Hoffman, Charley Davis and Paul Goodchild.
Simon has been a member of the Tertiary jazz faculty of the Sydney Conservatorium since 2010.
He has appeared as guest lead trumpeter with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He is at present lead trumpet of the Sydney Jazz Orchestra and Principal Solo Cornet of the Warringah Concert Brass Band.
In December 2014 he toured the USA with combined Sydney Public High School Wind Orchestra (SWE) and Jazz Orchestra and performed in New York with the Jazz Orchestra behind world renowned tenor saxophonist Chris Potter.
Simon has performed in approximately 30 Professional Music Theatre productions in Sydney from 1995-2014 including West Side Story, Miss Saigon, Crazy For You, My Fair Lady, The Boy From Oz, Chicago, Annie, Oliver, Cabaret, Dusty, Priscilla, Billy Elliot, Wicked, Mary Poppins, Dr. Zhivago, Love Never Dies, South Pacific, A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Strictly Ballroom and he is currently lead trumpet for the return Sydney season of Dirty Dancing.
In the Sydney jazz scene he has performed or recorded with Mike Nock, The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, The Simon Sweeney Sextet, The Space Cadets, The Sydney Jazz Orchestra, Bob Mintzer, Ryan Quigley, The Gordon Brisker Big Band and James Morrison.
Simon can also be heard on numerous recordings including the soundtracks of films such as Happy Feet, The Great Gatsby, The Extra, and The Bank, as well as on albums by Powderfinger, Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens and on many Australian and International television commercials.
Live credits include playing with such artists as Silverchair, Michael Bublé, George Benson, Tim Minchin, Kylie Minogue, Sarah Blasko, and Thirsty Merc.
Simon is also currently the Director of three ensembles at the Sydney Secondary College – a Public High School in Sydney’s inner west. Many of Simon’s former students are now professional players in the Sydney scene and can be heard in service bands, musical theatre pits, concert halls and recording studios.