Shannon Pittaway began playing the cornet at the age of six with guidance from his father Wayne Pittaway and grew up playing in Salvation Army brass bands. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Victorian College of the Arts and Master of Music from Northwestern University in Chicago.
Following his studies, he was a fellow of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan and later with the Pacific Music Festival Alumni Orchestra, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the inaugural concert that Leonard Bernstein conducted at the festival.
Shannon is a founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet and the Australian World Orchestra. He has received numerous awards and grants including an honorary fellowship "in recognition for his contribution and achievements in orchestral world music" from Melbourne University. While in Singapore, he was on the faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and tutor for the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. Shannon joined the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2015 as Principal Bass Trombone after 10 years with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He is also currently the Head of Wind and Brass at the New Zealand School of Music.