The Trustees of Pandemonium are currently six percussionists: Emma Cullen, Roanna Funcke, Brett Painter, Vicki Price, Dan Spragg and Jeremy Thin. You can read about each member below.
Pandemonium have performed with several international guest musicians over the years, including Ney Rosauro, Emil Richards, Gareth Farr, Gert Kilian and Doug Brush.
Past and guest Pandemonium performers and trustees include percussionists Chris Bruerton, Scott Chappell, Chris Chirnside, Steve Fischer, Martin Genet, Craig Given, Rachel Jeffries, Giles Nantel, Craig Thorne; bassists and guitarists Michael Bell, Todd Jones and Paul Thompson; brass and reed players Oliver Devlin, Margot Gray, Jack Harré, Jacob Murray and Prang Rojanachotikul; vocalists Jason Wilcox and Leigh Wilson, dancers Ra McRostie and Emily Napolitano, and fire artist Pascal Ackermann.
Roanna Funcke completed her Bachelor of Music with first-class honours in Performance Percussion at the University of Canterbury. Some of the groups she has performed with include the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (currently sub-principal percussion), Southern Sinfonia, the NZ National Youth Orchestra, Pandemonium, Woolston Brass and the National Band of NZ. Roanna is a multiple NZ Brass Bands Association ‘Open Percussion Solo’ champion. Roanna has worked as “Artist in Residence” at two Christchurch secondary schools. She has also toured as a soloist on multiple occasions with the National Band of NZ and Woolston Brass to Singapore, the UK and Europe. Roanna has spent time in America studying marimba with leading performers such as Leigh Stevens, Gordon Stout and Nancy Zeltsman.
Brett Painter is a professional musician, music teacher and environmental scientist. He is the principal percussionist of the Christchurch Symphony and has also performed with the NZ Symphony Orchestra, NZ Youth Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, the Canterbury Percussion Ensemble, brass, rock and jazz bands, and in pit orchestras for shows. These groups have provided Brett with the opportunity to perform with international artists ranging from Dame Kiri te Kanawa to Diana Krall and Elvis Presley's Band.
Emma Cullen began learning drums at the age of 13 with a musical background of recorder and piano. This quickly bloomed into a passion for all things percussion. She has a Bachelor of Music in Performance Percussion from the University of Canterbury and Grade 8 Tuned Percussion with Distinction from Trinity-Guildhall, London. Currently, Emma is studying to become a Secondary School teacher in Music and Computers at the New Zealand Graduate School of Education. She has performed with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Youth Orchestra, New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, Pandemonium, Woolston Brass Band, Christchurch Youth Brass Band and the National Secondary Schools’ Brass Band as well as various other ensembles.
Vicki Price began learning percussion at the Christchurch School of Music in 1996. She is currently teaching percussion around Christchurch and has performed with various groups including the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Youth Orchestra, and the Woolston and Canterbury Foundation Brass Bands. She has also performed with choral groups and a university show band. Vicki has completed a Bachelor of Arts at Canterbury University and an animal management degree through Auckland University, and now works at the Christchurch Antarctic Centre.
Dan Spragg started learning drums and percussion at the age of 7 at the Christchurch School of Music. He has also studied at the Christchurch Jazz School. He is a full time drum tutor with over 85 students using the Drumsense Drum Tuiton Programme (check out www.drumsense.com). He has played with Orchestras, Brass Bands, Symphonic Bands, Rock Bands and Jazz Bands. He has also played in Show Bands and has many hours of recording experience. Dan was also a founding member of Pandemonium in 1998. Jeremy Thin has played music from an early age and has Performance Percussion and History degrees from the University of Canterbury. He is currently sub-principal percussion with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with Southern Sinfonia, NZ National Youth Orchestra, the Court Theatre, Showbiz Christchurch, Woolston Brass, as well as Christchurch world music groups Pandemonium, Wontanara and Mundi. Jeremy has taught music from primary to tertiary level and currently teaches music and social science at Rangi Ruru Girls' School in Christchurch.