Here's a chance to have a look at some of my students past and present doing their thing. All were long term students and I really enjoyed working with them on the peices they played. They worked really hard to get to where they are. Just shows what that can acheive!
Nathan Shingler from Abbotts Bromley winning 2019 Young Drummer Of The Year.
Nathan Shingler Young Drummer Of The Year final 2018.
Jake Brown from Stafford supporting Benny Greb at a clinic in 2010.
Jake Brown (age 14) on ITV's born to shine.
Jake Brown age 15 plays World's Greatest Drummer concert. 6th NOVEMBER 2011 - I'm very pleased to announce that one of my current students Jake Brown will be joining drum greats Steve Smith, Steve White, Ian Palmer, Pete Cater, Darrin Mooney and Pete Ray Biggin for this unmissable event in November. We've been working very hard on his pieces and his solos and if he plays as well on the night as he has in practice then he'll fit right in! All profits go to Teenage Cancer Trust, Dyslexia Action & St Giles Hospice so please support it if you can!
From the Worlds Greatest Drummer Website: Jake Brown has been playing drums for 5 years after initially picking up sticks at his local church. He has achieved a lot in those 5 short years, performing alongside some of the biggest names in drumming including Benny Greb, Chad Smith, Steve White and Gavin Harrison.
At the tender age of 14 Jake has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the country, performing percussion and kit solos through his continuing studies at The Royal College of Music. He has performed with the National Youth Jazz Collective. Jake has been commended for his wide technical and dynamic range and use of a vast palette of sounds.
Early in his career Jake sought out some of the finest teachers. Jon Broberg, Steve White, Ian Palmer, Karl Brazil, Stanton Moore, Geoff Dugmore, Steve Smith, and Ralph Salmins have all had a hand in nurturing Jakes talents.
“Session superstar in the making” Rhythm Magazine.
Only fair to Jake to have a more recent video up!
Joe Blanks (pretending to be Hermione in the poster above...) twice YDOTY finalist and another very drumtastic student of mine, appearing on ITV's Let Me Entertain You (He is quite entertaining..!)
Elloise Houghton (13 in the photo) got into the Young Drummer Of The Year top 40 three times, has joined me playing at clinics and is now in her final degree year studying BA Hons-Popular Music with Music Technology at Uni.
MY OWN EDUCATORS
With Bob Armstrong at London Drum Show.
I was 17 when I started studying with Bob Armstrong in London, following a week at the inaugral Jazz & Rock summer course at the Guldhall where everyone seemed to be mentioning his name. From 1985 I used to catch the train down from Stafford to Hornchurch once a week and have a lesson with Bob in his cellar studio, then when he built a better studio outside, in the back garden. I did that for four years pretty religiously. I was his first long range student and I think he thought I was a bit mad at first travelling all that way but he was always inspiring and always made me believe I could get better and as word spread many, many more people sought him out. I lost touch over the years till I caught up with him at London drum show a few years back, but never lost his inspiration.
It was Bob who suggested I go and study with Dave Hassel in Manchester (as he himself was) to work on my Jazz playing. I loved Dave's set up with loads of percussion spilling out of every corner and I soon found I was spending as much time on congas and timbales as kit. Dave suggested I go to a workshop he was running at the Royal Northern with Jim Chapin.
Jim Chapin on his first visit to my old studio.
Being introduced to Jim was a life changing experience as far as my playing and teaching went and I made sure I saw him again at his other workshops that trip. He built on what I already had and made the impossible seem attainable. I loved watching his effortlessly, endlessly moving hands and listening to his endless exuberant accounts of drumming past and present. From then on he always came to my house when he was in England, I’d have lessons and we would run clinics for my students in the studio or depending where I was living even in the kitchen with everyone crammed in! I always tried to get as good as I could for the next time he visited and he very kindly said I did what he was doing with his hands as well as anyone he’d seen. Always working on new things even in his eighties Jim spent a lifetime ahead of his time and died on independence day, as the author of the original text on Jazz co-ordination and the number one ambasador for the Moeller technique, how appropriate was that!