TrusteesWe are privileged to have the following members as Trustees for MAGA for 2017/2018.
Henry J. 'Doc' Bertram
Born in Sydney in 1920 and educated at Earlwood Public and Canterbury High Schools, Doc further trained at Sydney Technical College as a Mechanical Fitter (with theory and mechanical drawing) and was apprenticed to an engineering firm. He studied Mouth Organ and Bass Mouth Organ at Horrie Dargie's Harmonica School in Sydney; from late 1938, he further studied Double Bass.
During the 1940s, Doc played in dance bands, nightclubs, The Billy Weston Big Band etc. and joined Horrie Dargie and two others for a Tivoli tour of New Zealand. During the tour a vocal instrumental Novelty Quartet was formed. By December 1951 (and back in Australia) a pianist was added to the act and this became the famous Horrie Dargie Quintet.
The Quintet worked extensively and by November 1952, they left for the United Kingdom, working variety theatres, television, radio etc, where Doc was married and started a family.
Doc returned to Australia in March 1958 for two Tivoli tours and joined GTV9 Melbourne in 1959. By the early 1960s he began copying and playing Bass in a band at the Silver Spade Room at the Sydney Chevron Hotel. During this time, Doc joined MAGA.
From 1972-86 played in various bands and groups throughout Australia and, after retiring in 1986, he returned to Sydney where he continued copying until the mid-1990s.
From 1994 to 2005, Julie Simonds was Music Editor for Symphony Australia - the Federal body for the six State orchestras. She is the President of the Fellowship of Australian Composers, a Full Writer Member of the Australasian Performing Rights Association, a Represented Composer with the Australian Music Centre, an Honorary Life Member of the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia, Jazz & Classical Consultant at Music Sales, radio presenter at 2MBS FM and board member (2002-2006), Convenor of the Young Composer of the Year - Willoughby Symphony Orchestra/2MBS FM, and Member of CHAOS (Conservatorium High Association of Old Students).
Paul has over 25 years professional experience as a saxophone and woodwind player in a variety of music styles. He has performed with many Australian and overseas artists including Ray Charles, Natalie Cole and Hugh Jackman and in numerous theatrical seasons such as Chicago, A Chorus Line, Annie and Dirty Dancing.
He is also a music arranger, copyist and composer and is active in studio productions and live concerts such as IGA Carols by Candlelight for Variety and original projects as leader of the 17 piece big band Straight Ahead.