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Shannon graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in classical percussion under Vanessa Tomlinson, and from the University of Southern Queensland with a Post-Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning. He has performed with various orchestral groups including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. 

Shannon has been a music teacher at Ferny Grove State High School since 2007 and began his journey with the program during his university studies after building a strong connection in his high school years. It is here that he began to develop his skills as a composer and arranger for percussion ensembles under the guidance of Head of Department, Stephanie McCaw. His most notable arrangements are his adaptation of Paul Smadbeck's ‘Rhythm Song’ called Death of Rhythm Song and arrangement of Penguin Café Orchestra’s Music For A Found Harmonium.

Shannon formed a strong creative relationship with Stephanie and the Ferny Grove Instrumental Music Team co-arranging a large body of works for ‘Percussion Ensemble 1’, one of the flagship ensembles of Ferny Grove SHS. These included works from Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion, Tanguedia, Le Murte Del Angel & Verano Porteno, Paris Combo: Chez Nous, LesPortes De L’Ennui & Sous La Lune, Lemon Jelly’s Experiment No.6, Billy Mayerl’s Railroad Rhythman arrangement of three works from the film American Beauty by Thomas Newman titled American Beauty, an arrangement of a major percussion ensemble piece by Nigel Westlake called Omphalo Centric Lecture, and one of the most demanding, yet charming, pieces of contemporary percussion repertoire by Anders Koppel's Toccata. In this time Shannon also began to compose and arrange regularly for various ensembles including works for string groups, orchestra, chamber groups, percussion ensembles and choirs.

Shannon’s experience and involvement with the Ferny Grove Instrumental Music Program has shaped his belief that music is what brings people and communities together and that sharing it with one another is what life is about.