Jess Ciampa began his musical life as a trumpet player but changed to percussion halfway through a Bachelor of Music Education degree at the NSW Conservatorium in 1984, studying with Michael Askill. He is a multi instrumentalist at home in a variety of styles of music, ranging from mainstream orchestral through to jazz, latin and commercial. He has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Synergy Percussion, the Seymour Group and the Sydney Dance Company. He has played either percussion or electric bass in numerous Sydney salsa bands and is currently a member of the fifteen piece salsa group, Mucho Mambo. He is also a member of the triple Aria award winning group Monsieur Camembert, and Marsala, a world music group with whom he plays either Kit or Electric Bass. For several years Jess toured extensively in Europe with The Spaghetti Western Orchestra – a Melbourne based quintet who perform highly theatrical interpretations of the film music of Morricone. Highlights with the SWO include return seasons at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, and a performance as part of the 2011 Proms in The Royal Albert Hall. For the past 26 years Jess has performed with several groups as part of the Musica Viva in Schools program. He currently plays with the group Zeeko as part of this program.