Rachel Beeton was born in Newcastle and began playing the clarinet at age 8.
She attended the Hunter School of Performing Arts and after graduating she studied writing, film and video production at the University of Newcastle.
Whilst studying, Rachel carved a niche for herself in the Newcastle jazz scene, bringing the sounds of Sidney Bechet and George Lewis to life. She recorded with the Catalina jazz band and became a regular with one of the region’s best-loved live acts, the Wobbly Boot Jazz and Blues Band.
Rachel joined the Army Band in 1998 and left Newcastle to take her first full time posting in Wagga Wagga in 2000. She toured to East Timor in 2001 and over the next 5 years she banded together with other local army musicians in the traditional jazz group, The Murrumbidgee Mudmen. Their debut album, ‘Stand Easy’, earned them national recognition and Rachel was awarded the Moe Jazz Festival Young Artist of the year in 2003.
Rachel was appointed to the creative team for the Australian Army Band’s appearance at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland in 2011. Her original arrangements were a standout in the nightly shows, as well as at the gala concert in the spectacular KKL Concert Hall in Lucerne, where she was also featured as a soloist.