Ken joined the Royal Australian Navy Band at the start of 1977 and remained in the permanent Navy until 2003. During this time he was fortunate to perform and sing at the Sydney Opera House, the opening of the Sydney Entertainment Centre and many other major venues around Australia. He has also performed around the world in Africa, China, Japan Indonesia, PNG, USA, England, France, and across Europe. Ken was the recipient of the John Stucas Memorial Award for the highest Navy qualifier on the Group Leader’s course and in 1996 received an Australia Day award for his leadership of the Queensland Naval Band. Ken spent a total of 9 years at the Defence Force School of Music in Melbourne as an Aural and Woodwind Instructor and later as the Training Developer / Quality Controls Officer.
Ken is proficient on several instruments including the Clarinet(s) Saxophone(s), Flute, Piano, Keyboard percussion, Bass Guitar and he also dabbles in playing or trying to play instruments from the brass family along with composing and arranging music. He has had the good fortune and opportunity to play alongside wonderful musicians such as Don Burrows, James and John Morrison, Andy Firth, Ed Wilson, Paul Panichi, Jeff Jarvis and many others.
Ken is currently an Instrumental Music Educator with the Qld Education, Catholic Education and until recently, was a Saxophone and Clarinet Teacher at Churchie Anglican College. He has been the Music Director of the New Groove Jazz Ensemble since 2003 and also performs regularly with Gold Coast based Les Wilson's "Swing Force Big Band". Over recent years Ken has performed regularly with the Queensland Pops Orchestra's Big Band on Clarinet, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones.
Ken is married to Trina and together they have created the Brisbane based Jazz Group Held To Ransom which regularly plays at the Brisbane Jazz Club