Adrian Reichenback Guitar Teacher

Matthew Ventura

This year’s Young@Art was a great success. Young local musicians produced a wonderful concert of which they should be very proud. The Snowy Mountains Arts Council presented this concert. The SMAC have recently purchased a brand new Kaiwai grand piano and the new piano was another “star of the show”. This was the first ever performance for the new piano. This really is a wonderful instrument and an enormous addition to the vibrant music culture of this region.

Here’s an overview of the performances:

  • Snowy Mountains Ensemble: T Susato – Danserye
  • Louisa Wall, nurse piano: A Khatchaturian – Etude
  • Caitlin Ventura, flute: General John Reid – Sonata for Flute & Piano (Accompanist, Matthew Ventura, Piano)
  • Cooma District Band Juniors: Rachel Stevenson, clarinet, Louisa Wall, clarinet, Emma Stevenson, trumpet, Tim Wall, trombone, Jared Sopnieski, trombone : O Hammerstein – Edelweiss & J Compello – Clarinet Capers.
  • Lucy Wiles, piano: D Cimaroso – Sonata
  • Magdalene Tugwell, clarinet: G Faure – Sicilienne (Accompanist, Judith Marriott, Piano)
  • Dara Smith, classical guitar: P Houghton – Black Rose
  • Miranda Evans, piano: M Mier – Steamboat Rag
  • Magdalene Tugwell, clarinet and Lucy Wiles, flute: A Dvorak – Humoresque (Accompanist, Judith Marriott, Piano)
  • Monaro High School Year 10 Music Class: Eagle Eyed Cherry – Save Tonight (Conductor Sarah Wall)
  • Nicholas Tugwell, baritone saxophone: N H Long – Undercurrent Theme and Variations (Accompanist, Judith Marriott, Piano)
  • Lucy Wiles, flute: C Debussy – Le Petit Negre (Accompanist, Judith Marriott, Piano)
  • Kai Bakker, piano: M Reger- Fast zu Keck
  • Alisha Brady, voice & guitar: T Reznor – Hurt
  • Emma Ventura, violin: J F Mazas – Duet No 16 Allegro Risoluto (Accompanist, Jarka Sekker, violin)
  • Niko Bakker, piano: F Chopin – Mazurka Op 67 No 4
  • Matthew Ventura, flute: C Chaminade – Concertino for Flute and Piano (Accompanist, Glenyss Allen)

The Compere for Young@Art was Simon Allen.

The Snowy Mountains Ensemble are:

Tina Rooney, Caitlyn Ventura, Tamara John-Natley, Bridie Mackay, Matthew Ventura, Maai Johnson, Molly Barrett,

Sarah Ventura, Roslyn Carroll, Peter Hickling, Emma Ventura, Maggie Shatrov, Bradley Ventura and Happi Human;

playing Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Bassoon

sans-serif; font-size: x-small;”>Adrian Reichenback commenced his music studies in December of 1984. He was the second student to enrol into classical guitar lessons at Allan and Leslie Spencer’s newly founded “Cooma School of Guitar” (now “Cooma School of Music”). Through the next 5 years Adrian steadily grew as a guitarist and musician. He successfully completed his Sixth Grade Theory of Music and Eight Grade Classical Guitar and, anemia
in 1989 Adrian joined Cooma School of Music as a guitar teacher.

find sans-serif;”>As well as the classical guitar, Adrian has also had a deep interest in rock music and he has played in many successful rock groups over the years. Adrian is an extremely versatile musician and he plays rhythm and lead guitar, bass guitar, and harmonica, lead and backing vocals.

Adrian was a founding member of the highly successful “Stonepony”. Adrian toured with this band throughout  New South Wales and the ACT. They released a cassette “Cassandra” in 1993. Three CDs “Hotel Bourgeois”, “Retribution” and “Posh Urban Skiffle” followed in 1994, 1995 and 1998. “Stonepony” was recognised by ABC Triple J as being one of the leading new bands in Australia.

Adrian also played in a very popular band called “Mean Mister Mustard”. Their CD, called “Mean Mister Mustard Vol 0.5” CD showcases the diverse nature of Adrian’s musicianship. The songs range from hard-hitting rock to contemporary in-your-face rap to acoustic ballad style.

Adrian is a thoroughly dedicated, resourceful, and caring teacher. His students consistently achieve high results in music examinations and performances. Many of Adrian’s students have gone on to become music professionals in their own right. Adrian has closely followed these students’ careers and takes pride in the fact that he was able to make a positive contribution to so many young lives. In 1997, Adrian was appointed head of the Contemporary Rock Guitar department at Cooma School of Music. Adrian not only took on the lion share of teaching individual electric guitar and bass students but also spearheaded a new initiative called “Rock Pro Masters” where students are taught to play together in a rock group situation. This has been a tremendous success.

Adrian musical knowledge of contemporary rock guitar and bass stlye is encyclopaedic. His teaching resources are drawn from an enomous range of styes including the music of:

  • Metallica
  • AC/DC
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Green Day
  • Blink-182
  • Jack Johnson
  • The Beatles
  • Rolling Stones
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Mark Knopfler

To name just a few. Adrian also enjoys the challenge of discovering the new music styles of the contemporary artists of today.


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