I have 45 years of playing experience, starting at the age of eight listening to the Big Band greats such as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Louis Bellson. By the age of 14 I was having lessons with the late Geoff Myers who at the time was playing with the Sid Lawrence Orchestra. By the age of 16, I was playing Pubs and clubs around Yorkshire, By the age of 18 I was playing with the Bradford Metropolitan Big Band and Concert Band. I was also studying piano at the Leeds College of Music; this not only gave me knowledge of time, but also of melodies and taught me to listen to other musicians. Just recently I have gained valuable experiance from the London jazz scene, as well as doing function band work for Weddings and corporate Gigs.
In 2003 I decided to move to Guildford to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music to study for a formal qualification in music.
In 2004 I received a Master Class from the great Thomas Lang, whilst studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music .
Thomas Lang and Myself after my Master Class in 2004
In 2005 I Graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music with a Higher National Diploma in contemporary music performance.
I studied with Mike Sturgis Credits include (Wishbone Ash, A-HA, Asia,) Pete Riley ( Kieth Emerson) and (Alun Harries)(Tori Amos,BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra). They are all great session musicians and contribute to Rhythm Magazine. They have taught me essential session skills ‘be on time, be polite and know your stuff.’
During my time at the Academy I participated a great deal in music Production, live work (London Jazz Scene), and also learnt a great deal about the business side of the music industry. I got to work with local bands auditioning for industry professionals, whilst also teaching.
In 2006-2007 I had the pleasure of assisting another drum teacher to develop a new Music school within the Yorkshire area.
In 2008 I had the great pleasure of sitting in for Angie Shaws drummer to promote her first Album (The Other Side of Blue).
2009-2010- See's me working on a project along side some Great Musicians from York (See News Page) as well as continuing to help up and coming drummers from around the West Yorkshire area. I am also proud to have become a member of the Teachers Integration Program with Hudson music this now means i can incorperate video into my teaching .
September, see's the start of my new contract teaching drum lessons in the local high schools and also being able to work on a new project with a local band.
2011-2012 This has been a fantastic year with my business growing continually due to recomendations from satisfied students, as well as taking on another High School. The continued growth of my business has meant that I have had to open my own practice room, in order to cater for some of the more local students. I am now indemand six days a week for teaching.
2013-2014 - Has been a great year, At the local high school I am now running the after school drum club as well as helping students with there composition work, I have also been preparing students for there Btec / Gcse performance exams. As for my private students I have still maintained a 100% pass rate for my students taking there Rock school exams. One of my own personal highlights is taking on a student who has Dystonic cerebral Palsy known as (Dystonia), With the kind permission of his father I have been allowed to document his progress. William who is my student with cerebral palsy has gone from strength to strength and is well on his way to passing his grade one Rock School exam, I am also playing with a new group called Be Funky, which is in rehearsal stage at
the moment but we have gigs planned for later in the year.
2015-2016 My teaching is going well in the local Schools and I am constantly taking on new private students which is really nice as this means that I am constantley busy all year round.
With Teaching going from strength to strength, i have also taken some tuition myself from Steve White (Paul Weller, The Style Council) who this year held the Yamaha Drum Teachers Seminar in Manchester, it was a full day of playing and disscussion with many topics covered regarding the way teaching is progressing with modern technology and the pro's and con's of the Internet.