From performing at a packed stadium with Taylor Swift to lugging his own gear at weddings, Dane Laboyrie has run the gamut of the music industry.
“I think one of her biggest concerts in Sydney for 76,000 people (in 2015) and they filmed the whole thing for a big music video,” he said.
“We did the Taylor Swift gig on the Saturday and it was the biggest gig of my life, kinda mind-blowing.
“Then the next day I had a little wedding gig. It was a nice venue in Double Bay, but I remember carrying my speakers up the stairs, thinking, ‘back to reality’,” he laughed.
Trumpeter/vocalist/songwriter Laboyrie will perform at this year’s Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival.
He began playing the trumpet at age eight, and has completed a Bachelor of Jazz Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
More recently Laboyrie has found himself in the orchestra pit playing trumpet for some of Sydney's favourite musicals.
These include Wicked at the Capitol Theatre, and currently Disney's Aladdin.
He’s also performed with artists spanning from Jessica Mauboy to Hilltop Hoods and James Morrison.
The Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival celebrates its 30th year in 2017.
Laboyrie, 26, has been a regular at the Kiama event for the past several years.
He’s also been holidaying in Kiama since he was a child.
“I think the first one I did, I came down with a band with a few high school mates,” he said.
“I was probably 17 or 18, and I’ve been coming there every year since then.
“It’s an awesome venue to have a festival like that and there’s a great sense of community.
“The whole town comes alive. You’re there by the ocean or the harbour and there’s music coming out of every second cafe.
“It reminds me of that vibe when I went to New Orleans. There’s just music pumping out on the streets everywhere.”
His band is a quartet comprised of Sydney Conservatorium of Music jazz course alumni.
“We do a mix of classic jazz standards from Ella Fitzgerald to Louis Armstrong to Frank Sinatra,” he said.
“It’s a nice mix of upbeat, well-known and vibing kind of jazz/swing music, and we do a bit of bluesy stuff as well.
“It’s not too serious either, it’s all good fun stuff that they’d know.”
This year’s Kiama festival will take place from March 10-12.
The free festival will feature more than 75 gigs across 30 venues.