AIM's Faculty comprises a wealth of experience from across music, entertainment, performing arts, and education who are passionate and committed to the vision and mission of AIM. AIMs Faculty ensures that students receive the best possible education through high calibre teaching staff, professional ever developing facilities, and seamless administration.
Sydney-based guitarist Jeremy Sawkins has been an active member of the Australian music community since the late 1970’s. As well as being a composer/bandleader, Jeremy has shared the stage and recording studios with many notable musicians. Having performed all around Australia, he has also performed in Europe and Asia.
Jeremy has also been involved in many areas of music education since he began teaching in 1979. He has been lecturing at AIM since the Contemporary Music course began in 1992.
Some of Jeremy’s earliest jazz performances were with the renowned saxophonists David Ades (late) and Dale Barlow as well as the respected expatriate guitarist Peter O’Mara (Germany). He has also had long musical associations with saxophonists Spike Mason and Sandy Evans.
After graduating from the N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music in 1984 (with an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies), Jeremy joined his former teacher, Dr Roger Frampton (late) in the band ‘Intersection’. The band performed in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They recorded one album, independently released by Frampton - ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ (1986).
Since then Jeremy has led many of his own groups, his current being ‘Jazz Organism’ and the ‘Jeremy Sawkins Trio’. These groups have had many performance opportunities in Sydney (and Ireland) since 2003.
Jeremy has had a long musical association with expatriate Australian Jazz singer Kristen Cornwell (who now resides in Belgium).
He has performed with Jackie Orszacsky, Tina Harrod, Tom Burlinson, Grace Knight, Darren Percival, Nicky Crayson, Lily Dior, Virna Sanzone, Trish Delaney-Brown, Katie Noonan, Kate Miller-Heidtke, Wendy Matthews, Alister Spence, Matt McMahon, Lloyd Swanton, Craig Scott, Bernie McGann, Jim Kelly, James Muller, Paul McNamara, Phil Wilson (U.S.A.) James and John Morrison, John Foreman, Don Burrows, Monica Trapaga, Ronan Guilfoyle (Ireland), Dominic Miller and Ira Coleman (both from Sting’s band) and Steve Hunter to name but a few.
Glen Phimister started out in the recording industry at Trident Studios in London in the early 70’s. Trident was recognised for, and Glen was privilaged to observe, productions at that time including Queen, Elton John, David Bowie, and Harry Neilson.
In the mid 70’s Glen joined AIR Studios London, which was owned by legendary Beatles producer George Martin. Glen further extended his training under George and many other producers, engineers, and artists at AIR.
Glen then joined EMI Studios 301 in Sydney in the late 70’s as a staff engineer, and became involved with the resurgence of pop music in Australia from that time. Whilst at 301 for some 14 years Glen worked with many formulative and successful artists including INXS, Slim Dusty, Split Enz, Duran Duran, Richard Clapton, John Farnham, Wendy Mathews, Dragon, and Cheetah.
The early 90’s began a period of freelance engineering based in Sydney, which included recordings such as Sydney Olympics 2000, Slim Dusty’s 100th album, ARIA winning Jazz Police, Olivia Newton-John, IOTA, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Home and Away, and many live/location, and ABC recordings.
Glen has been a qualified professional audio educator for several years now, and strives to share his knowledge and experience with students at AIM.
Sam Rollings MA(mus) A.N.U, C.S.M is a nationally recognised guitarist who has performed and recorded with a diverse range of the finest international and local musicians/entertainers including James Morrison, Kate Ceberano, Dan Barnett etc. Sam has also performed at many international and local festivals such as the Havana Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Waiheke Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival etc.
Sam is the author of the widely used instructional book “Chords, Scales and Arpeggios For Guitar” published by Jozzbeat. Sam is an a educator with over 25yrs experience, teaching from beginner to Post Graduate levels with success at various institutions including the Australian Institute of Music. (Academic Lecturer), Southern Cross University. (Guitar Dept Head), University of Sydney. (Conservatorium Open Academy/Conservatorium High School).
Barry has over 40 years experience on stage and screen and is a graduate of the Central School of Speech & Drama in London. His early career was divided between stage and television in the UK before coming to Australia on tour with the Chichester Festival Theatre Company in 1978. He fell in love with Australia and decided to stay, since when he has appeared in numerous stage and screen productions including:
In Music Theatre, starring as Julian Marsh in “42nd Street” (Australian Premier Production), Vernon Gersh in “They’re playing Our Song” (Australian & UK tour) & David in “Company” (STC).
On TV, He is well known for his work as Dr Greg Miller in Prisoner and playing leading roles in the mini-series Lucinda Brayford, Sarah Dane, Captain Cook & Queen Emma of the South Seas. Also, lead roles in the television series M.P.S.I.B., Carson's Law and Mirror, Mirror II, recurring characters on Big Sky, All Saints and Home & Away and guest appearances on Murder Call, Water Rats, The Lost World, The Secret Life of Us and Love My Way.
Film work includes Disgrace, Dance Academy II, 2.22, Cappuccino, John Doe, Pop-Up and A Father’s Choice.
He returned to the stage as Gordon in David Williamson's Soulmates at the Sydney Opera House and since 2010 has been coordinator of AIM's Music Theatre Department.
His greatest reward is to see his students develop into, not only highly competent actors and performers, but confident and exciting human beings.
David McLeod’s rich and varied artistic career spans over 30 years. This includes performance as a singer/songwriter, band leader, session and backup singer, featured artist and actor. He has been in numerous television series’ and received top drawer musical theatre credits, notably a Mo Award nomination for best supporting actor in a musical. His recording career spans three albums and one EP covering jazz, blues, original songs and cast recordings. David speaks conversational Mandarin and sings a repertoire of Chinese material.
As an educator, David has been lecturing as a vocal and performance coach since 2002, specializing in performance anxiety and breathing techniques. David dedicates most of his time to the Australian Institute of Music and holds M.Mus (AIM) – GDMus - GCMus (AIM) Dip Ed St (CoT, Lond); Cert Ed St Coes Theory (CoT, Lond); Cert Coes Practice (CoT, Lond); Cert IV Assessment and Workplace training; Estill voice workshops attendance level one and two. A long-standing mentor to the CaSPA program, David works regularly with senior high school students in group and one on one sessions. He also volunteers his time to the “Blue Guitar Project”.
"Swinging pop .…..veers between easy listening soul and ivory pop, slinky grooves and lounge music with a twist.” - Peter Holmes Sydney Morning Herald.
“McLeod’s singing draws upon several admitted influences in the world of jazz, pop and R&B” - Virgin Encyclopaedia of Jazz - London.
See David's website for his full biography and credits: http://www.davidmcleodaustralia.com/
Professional Musician since 1972 doing concert tours, recording
sessions, and songwriting.
Recording sessions at EMI, Alberts, United Sounds and Trafalgar
studios for various artists in the 80s and 90s.
Recorded Album with CBS band Full Marks 1985
National Tours with Full Marks as support for Van Morrison (1985),
Joan Armatrading (1985), Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo (1985), Mondo Rock,
Midnight Oil, MiSex, Sharon O’Neill, and others.
Toured with Graeme Connors, Jeff St John, Ross Ryan, Air Supply, Col
Joye (MD) and Johnny O’Keefe (MD) and others.
Played in the musical Rent at the Theatre Royal (1999).
Played in the musical Beautiful- The Carole King Story in Dec 2017
and Jan 2018.
Long Way To The Top (2002) National Concert Tour and DVD.
Mildura Country Music Awards Band Live Broadcast (2006-2018)
Tamworth Country Music Awards Band Live broadcast (1980 -1983)
Jingle production with John Gillard !1985-1988) Composing and
recording music for Ads for Coca Cola, Nescafe, Levis and others for
Television, Radio and Cinema.
Score for Family Free (Surfing Film) 1972
Full Marks album (CBS) 1985
Big Sky album (Independent) 2012
Currently MD for several shows: Rumours (Fleetwood Mac Show),
Friday on my Mind (Vanda and Young Show), Hotel California (Eagles
Show), Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House Show) as well as a
busy schedule of other live performances.