Brian Buggy OAM was born and educated in Brisbane. He played trumpet in his own jazz band during his school days, won a violin scholarship to the Queensland Conservatorium and toured as principal trumpet of the Borovansky Ballet Orchestra.
At 21 he became Musical Director for “The Firm,” J C Williamson Theatres. For 15 years he directed most of the great musicals of the era throughout Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, before teaching for 35 years at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, “retiring” in 2007. He has composed scores for Film Australia, incidental music for the Theatre, TV, Chamber Music and many arrangements for various ensembles, as well as much work dedicated to school performance.
For 11 years, Brian Buggy conducted and presented the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s very popular Family Concerts, taking these productions to ABC orchestras in Melbourne, Hobart and Perth and to New Zealand. City, State and National Eisteddfod wins by school-based Concert Bands and Symphony Orchestras such as the Knox Abbotsleigh Youth Orchestra (KAYO), coincided with International Tours for these groups, one every two years, under his leadership. There were more school musicals than he should care to remember – but they uncovered and encouraged outstanding talent including Hugh Jackman, Georgie Parker, Hugo Weaving and scores of fine musicians peppered throughout orchestras world-wide.
Since 2007 he has conducted the Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic and guest-conducts and tutors for several schools. As Artistic Director of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra in New Zealand, prior to the devastating earthquakes, he mentored several promising young conductors. In 1998, Brian Buggy was awarded an Order of Australia Medal, for services to Music, particularly in the areas of Theatre and Youth Orchestras. More significantly, he loves his family and is a devoted grandfather; his dance-card is delightfully full.