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The Police Academy

Peter Wright as Sting

Anyone who has ever tried to sing along to a Police record will know just how good a vocalist Sting really is. Phenomenal range, flexibility and tone are stand-out characteristics... and then try playing bass as the same time. Very few vocalists have the capacity to reproduce that, let alone the musical ability to combine the instrumentation simultaneously and even those who do just don't sound like Sting. Pete does.

Pete grew up learning to play piano and quickly excelled, but it didn't stop there - picking up the trumpet, guitar, bass guitar, sax, flute and harmonica in the years that followed. He started working with the Hampshire Youth Jazz Orchestra as the principal pianist at 17, touring Europe and recording at BBC's Maida Vale Studios in the process, but eventually he decided to expand his instrumental prowess and rapidly found himself playing as much bass as he was piano. Pete composes production music for film and TV and in doing so utilises this multitude of instrumental virtuosity as well as his considerable experience of production and engineering picked up whilst working with some of the many live bands he has been part of over the last 15 years. A multi-instrumentalist, his voice, bass playing ability and sax work have led to many favourable direct comparisons between him and Sting.

Favourite Police song Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Favourite Police album Synchronicity
Favourite bass players Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, Sting
Favourite bands/artists Sting, The Police, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius
Equipment The Painted Player Sting “Spectre” NS-2 Tribute Bass, Ashdown MAG C210T-300 EVO II Combo, Roland PK-5 MIDI bass pedals, Shure Beta 87A Microphone, Apple MacBook Pro with MainStage 3, Focusrite Saffire Pro 24, Line 6 Relay G50 wireless system, Shure PSM200 Personal Monitoring System