|The Dappers Are all WAAPA trained musicians with performance experience that have seen them entertain audiences in America, Asia as well as Interstate Australia.
Blake started studying music at the age of 16 when he received a vocal scholarship from his high school, La Salle College. This allowed him to study voice in many styles. After High School, he studied Filmmaking at Edith Cowan University for 2 years. During this time he was fronting an original rock / pop band that had some success with local talent competitions. During the same year Blake won West Australian Reach for a Dream singing comp , which sent him to Sydney and Runner up at Star Search, which won him recording time and exposure to the corporate world. These two wins allowed Blake to be the featured artist at 2004 Hop man Cup New Years Eve ball as well as WA Youth Awards 2004 / 2005 / 2006. In 2004 Blake auditioned for the Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts - highly regarded as one of the best institutions in Australia. He was selected as one of 4 vocalists to study there for 2 years. In 2005 Blake auditioned for Australian Idol and was sent to Sydney again , he made it to the top 40 for that Year. Currently you can hear he him on radio jungles as well as playing , teaching and coaching around the Perth Music scene..
As an Ex partriate of WAAPA ,Shaun has spend a lot of time entertaining audiences in Asia over the past few years - sometimes 7 nights a week. He has great performance and production experience and is using that in the Dapper gentlemen. Currently you can see Shaun playing around Perth, teaching as well as appearing on many recording sessions.
Adam Coad completed his Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music in 2003 at WAAPA and is currently in 3rd year bachelor of Jazz. He is also an in demand session drummer.
Richard started playing Classical guitar at the age of 10. Playing through to TEE music he was awarded the music prize in his final year. Making the move to WAAPA, Rick decided after studying classical music he was more suited to jazz and contemporary music. He Completed his Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music in 2004 and is currently studying under the prestigious jazz program at WAAPA. He has taught guitar around schools in Perth as well as been a private teacher for some time. Rick has performed at many venues in Perth including the Quarry Amphitheater, and held regular residencies including Emporio Bar and the Northbridge hotel playing in the jazz quartet "The Sqees”. Rick has also spent time as a session musician for singer songwriters in Perth.
Andy was introduced to music at a very early age – with his father singing to him while he was still hanging about in the womb. He refused piano lessons at his parent’s urgings, deciding at the age of 8 that guitar lessons would be much more beneficial as he planned to be a rock star when he grew up. Trying his hand at guitar and trumpet, he eventually found his calling to the bass in his teen years. Moving up to Perth from Albany in 2002, he commenced his studies at WAAPA and completed an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music at the Academy in 2005. Deciding to stay on at the institution to further his musical education, he auditioned, and was one of only four bassist applicants accepted into the renowned Bachelor of Jazz course in 2006. Andy has been performing in a contemporary piano trio, a jazz quartet and various cover band gigs around Perth for the last 3 years, and thoroughly enjoys every Dapper Gentlemen performance. He also has a fond love of singing in the shower.
The Dapper Gentlemen are the perfect choice of entertainment for your wedding, venue, corporate event or private function