Brisbanite Jack Denny has become the face of the Australian Outback Spectacular’s newest show, with thanks to his bugle.
At 23, Jack Denny is living his animal-lover dream. You see, Jack is part of the Australian Outback Spectacular team and takes on a memorable role as the lone bugler in their newest show ‘Salute to the Light Horse’ launched in recent weeks.
Born in Melbourne, Jack’s family settled in Dayboro when he was young and that is where Jack tells us he “started getting into horses”. It was when Jack was in Year 3, about 8 years of age, that he started attending pony club. With a mother and sister who were competitive on horses during that same period of time, Jack was bound to follow in their footsteps.
Fast forward to February 2014 when Jack’s Australian Outback Spectacular audition was deemed a success and he was offered a coveted spot on the team. Jack says his first days were spent feeding the horses and slowly, he was given the opportunity to buddy with a rider and then take part in the actual show.
An average day on the job for Jack starts at 3.45pm with a pre-show meeting before launching into two hours of rehearsals. A dinner break follows and then it is back to work before the show starts at 7.30pm. As part of the daily routine, Jack says they wash the horses after every show and return them to their paddocks for a late feed.
“It’s an absolutely fantastic job,” Jack enthuses. “I would never have expected to enjoy it as much as I am.”
While horses and animals are a big component of Jack’s life, so too has been music, especially in his high school years. Jack went on to study a trumpet major at the Conservatorium of Music and even provided trumpet lessons on the side. With his love of horses and brass, Jack was a sure bet in his new role as bugler in Salute to the Light Horse.
“Every 18 months to 2.5 years, we change the show to keep it new for audiences,” Jack explains. “For this show, we’ve added a tribute to the Light Horse and a bit of a history lesson on World War I.”
Jack says 54 horses are included in the show each night and with the new show, they’ve added a number of ‘harness horses’ – horses harnessed to pull a wagon. While his role will change from night to night (some nights he’ll be in charge of the dogs, other nights he’ll be a trick rider, and other nights again he might run props and work backstage), Jack will take on the role of bugle player each and every performance.
When asked to describe Salute to the Light Horse, Jack described it as “spectacular”.
“It’s a fantastic, fun family show – there are quad bikes, horses, dogs, camels and even a history lesson around World War I and the role of the Light Horse in history. And you even get a three-course dinner with it!”
While Jack enjoys his work on the Gold Coast with Australian Outback Spectacular, he is also busy studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Science at the University of Queensland while completing his diploma of remedial massage. His dream is to combine his studies to become a physiotherapist and maybe even a horse physio one day. It seems horses and all things equine definitely run in this bugler’s blood!