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Steve Smillie

Guitar Teacher & Director Guitar Ensemble

Steve has been performing professionally since the early 1970's.His origins were in country music and he now also does rock, jazz, pop, blues, funk and reggae styles. Steve has played in many bands including the nine piece showband Now For The Weather; and rock band Strawberry Blonde. His own duo Open Fire has been performing constantly for more than 20 years at many high profile venues. He has supported many artists including Ian Moss, Daryl Braithwaite, Tim Freedman from the Whitlams and Renee Geyer. Steve was named Best Instrumentalist at Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1978 and 1979, and was a national Top 10 Finalist in the Rebel Yell Guitar Challenge in 1991. He currently has three instrumental albums: Speechless, After Glow and Happy to be Alive. Steve teaches contemporary guitar at the Central Coast Conservatorium and is the director for the Guitar Ensemble on Thursday evenings. He also teaches group guitar lessons in Rudolf Steiner, St John Fisher, Kincumber Public School, and St Patrick's Schools where he is a very popular and well liked teacher.


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We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.