Eric Dunan is Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, a program he established in 2001. Bands led by Eric have performed with Australian jazz artist such as Sandy Evans, Andrew Robson, and James Greening. Eric also conducts a 200-member Megaband, which has performed with Fred Wesley, Mucho Mambo, and James Morrison.
Under Eric’s leadership, Wollongong Conservatorium bands have toured the United States, where they won 1st. 2nd, and 4th place awards in the top divisions of the Reno International Jazz Festival in 2007 and 2012. The Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra has also performed at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and toured China and Japan with James Morrison.
After finishing a performance degree at California State University, Eric worked as a freelance trumpet player in San Francisco from 1989-2001, performing with numerous jazz, blues, and funk bands. During the 1990’s he toured with Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, a soul-rock-jazz band. They regularly played legendary San Francisco clubs as well as major festivals throughout America, where they shared billing with such bands as Tower of Power and Credence Clearwater Revival. In Australia, Eric leads his own Quintet, and has played with John Morrison, Jacki Cooper, and Fabien Hevia.