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Justin McCoy


Justin has been composing and arranging music for many years.
As a founding member of the 80s-90s Orchestral Rock group Hat Trick, he was responsible for arranging many of their classical hits, including Mozart's Eine Kliene Nachtmusik, Khachaturian's Sabre Dance, Rossini's William Tell Overture and the classical/rock mashup Beethoven Roll Over.
Hat Trick blended two electric fiddles with rock rhythm section to produce classical music the likes of which had not been heard in Sydney pubs before.
Post Hat Trick Justin moved into producing and composing for TV. This has resulted in a long and successful career, highlights of which are listed below.
He is active as a live performer in Highly Strung, with wife Bernadette and sister Mary, also founding Hat Trick members.
In 2011 Justin saw a need for a School Choir system which would be completely self-contained, thereby taking some of the load off busy music teachers. The concept involves arranging hits from the rock repertoire, predominately for 3 part harmony, and providing simple yet effective guitar and keyboard backing, together with string ensemble accompaniment in selected songs..
This means that students from many areas of the music faculty can be involved.
More recently School Choir Music has progressed into arrangements for younger students, as well as band and orchestral arrangements

Past and current projects Include...


Commissioned by Grainger TV Australia to compose, underscore and post-produce music and audio for the 7 network travel show Charming China.


Commissioned by Grainger TV Australia to compose, underscore and post-produce music and audio for the 7 network travel show Travel USA.

Commissioned by Grainger TV Australia to compose, underscore and post-produce audio for a documentary Ultimate Free Dive. This beautifully shot film takes the viewer into the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and features the exceptional Russian free diver, Marina Kazankova. 
Commissioned by Grainger TV Australia to compose, underscore and post-produce music and audio for a four-part TV series entitled My Dubai, to be supported by a 30 part social media campaign
2008 -2016
Commissioned by Grainger TV Australia to compose, underscore and post-produce audio for the ABC and 7 Network TV travel show Travel Oz. This runs to four series and 100 + episodes.
Recorded "Fellowship of the Grill" with BBQ Kings, Pat Drummond, Tony Williams  and Chris O'Leary. This is a comedy CD through ABC Records, and was nominated for an ARIA, 2009.
2005 - 2008
Commissioned by ACP, in collaboration with Bernadette McCoy, to produce a bi-monthly  CD of original songs and stories for their pre-schoolers' magazine, "Little Friends"
2002 - 2004
Commissioned by "Croc Hunter" David Ireland to compose underscore and post-produce audio for four episodes of an Australian wildlife series "Wildlife Man" for the Nine Network.
2001 - 2010
Commissioned by ABC NewsRadio to compose a package of themes, station and programme IDs, and music underscore.
2000 - 2004
Commissioned by Production Music Services to compose and produce a series of production music CDs for their Beat Box label. 
1998 - 2010
Commissioned by Grainger TV Australia to compose music underscore, and post-produce audio for an ongoing series of hour long documentaries, broadcast on all Australian free-to-air networks, as well as cable networks internationally. To date 100+ programmes.have been completed.
Winner of Australian Guild of Screen Composers award in the category of Best Music for a Children's TV Series, Petals.
1998 - 2010
Produced many children's CDs for pre-school experts Jingle Jam.  
1997 - 1999
Commissioned to compose music for two series of ABC TV's children's animation Petals, comprising  a total of 55 episodes. 
Here is a link to the episode "A Bootful of Petals" on the Australian Screen National Film and Sound  Archives website.
1994 - 2001
Produced and/or composed music for approximately 30 CDs for Polygram, EMI, ABC, Festival, including the series Australian Classics for Little Kids, being nominated for an ARIA award for Christine Hutchinson's Grand Fairies' Ball.

Academic qualifications and professional affiliations

  •  Master of Music Technology with Distinction, University of Newcastle
  •  Graduate Certificate of Music Technology, University of Newcastle
  •  Advanced Diploma of Music with Distinction, WSI Nirimba
  •  Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Technical Production) with Distinction, WSI Nirimba
  •  Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  •  Certificate for self-employed people in Child-related Employment
  •  Associate Composer, Australian Music Centre
  •  Member SMPTE
  •  Member AMCOS
  •  Member APRA
  •  Member AES