Ray is widely respected as one of Sydney’s finest trumpet players, and regularly performs with the music industry’s leading artists. He often performs live on national television, most recently as lead trumpet with ‘The Voice’ house band 2017.
Ray is in high demand as a studio musician, and his trumpet can be heard on CD’s, TV commercials, and recent episodes of ‘Love Child’ and ‘The ‘Wiggles’.
Ray is proficient on several instruments including trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn and piano. He is comfortable performing across a huge range of styles including jazz, latin, pop, musical theatre, and orchestral music.
He regularly performs at jazz festivals, jazz clubs, major concert venues around Australia and abroad, with ensembles ranging from big band to full orchestra.
Ray has appeared with with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as principal trumpet, where he was a featured jazz soloist at the front of the orchestra. Ray also regularly plays principal trumpet with Sydney Lyric Orchestra for their annual ‘All You Need Is Love’ Beatles Concerts at the Sydney Opera House, where he is featured on the famous ‘Penny Lane’ piccolo trumpet solo.
Ray is an accomplished jazz pianist, and his experience is extensive, ranging from performing and recording in small jazz combos, to performing with musical comedy sensation Tim Minchin at the steps of Sydney Opera House.
Some of the wonderful musicians and ensembles Ray has had the pleasure of working with include;
James Morrison, Emma Pask, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Ed Wilson, Swing City, Dan Barnett, Hammerhead, Mingus Amongst Us, Frances Madden, Tijuana Taxi, Adrian Cunningham, Monica Trapaga, Mucho Mambo
Robbie Williams, Don Henley (The Eagles), The Temptations, The Beach Boys, John Farnham, Olivia Newton John, Jimmy Barnes, Mahalia Barnes, David Campbell, Doug Parkinson, Tim Minchin, Percy Sledge, Darren Percival, Jessica Mauboy, Ed Kuepper, Human Nature, Brian May (Queen), Roger Taylor (Queen), Lachy Doley, Clayton Doley, Jeff Duff, Doug Williams
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Sydney Lyric Orchestra, The Metropolitan Orchestra
Marina Prior, Liz Callaway, Singing In The Rain, Fiddler On The Roof, Jersey Boys, Fame, Opera House Baby Proms
Dame Kiri De Kanawa, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Cheryl Barker