Jamie was born in Sydney and from 1979 to 1984 studied percussion at NSW State Conservatorium under Jack Purdon, Principal Timpanist of the Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra. He has been a percussion teacher at Mitchell Conservatorium since 1990. His diverse musical background includes, as well as solid orchestral experience, jazz, The Govett Street Stompers, Highly Swung; rock, Sunday Punch, microtonal The 31 Note to the Octave Group; and Vaudeville; Four Men in a Tub, Cabaret Conspiracy.
Jamie strongly believes that his performance experience informs his teaching. Jamie is also a represented composer in the Library of The Australian Music Centre.
Jamie teaches at both the Bathurst and Lithgow divisions of Mitchell Conservatorium.