Friday 16 September 2016

Testimonial - Ian

Ian is someone that I would consider a great friend. We share so many similar interests and I thoroughly enjoy teaching him. He first came for lessons around 2 years ago and since then we've covered absolutely loads of styles, techniques and some absolutely incredible songs.
Ian completed 2 grades and developed a particular interest in anything that swings hard!
Here is some of what Ian had to say about his lessons with me:


Sunday 14 August 2016

A Celebration of My Students

I would say that I am very lucky when it comes to my clients. I always seem to get bookings from devoted, ambitious people, who are willing to put in lots of effort and time. As a result, many of my clients have taken exams to further their learning and have set attainable goals in mind. I have been teaching drums for many years and only very recently decided to keep a record of my students achievements. I have tracked down some of my students certificates but sadly I will never have a record of them all.
Below I have posted the ones I have managed to track down as a way to show just how great my students are!
Well done to everyone of my students who have taken an exam over the last 10 years. If your certificate isn't on here, let me know and I'll be sure to add it.

Testimonial - Alex and his mum, Simone

Alex is yet another student that I've watched grow up. He first came for his drum lessons 5 years ago and I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching him. Each week he arrives with great humour and a passion to develop his instrument. Both Alex and his mum wished to share their thoughts on their time as my clients.


Testimonial - Josh

Josh is one of my longest attending students. He was around 8 years old when I first met him and I have had the absolute pleasure of seeing him grow into the well rounded, intelligent and ambitious individual he is today. He does make me feel old though. Josh was very kind and wrote about his time having lessons with me.

Wednesday 27 July 2016

Drum Jam!

So in the midst of all the Pokemon mayhem, that seems to have taken over everyone's lives, I arranged a meet up with two of my favourite fellow educators (Mr Ryan Bright and Mr Matt Sowerby).
It seemed at first that it wasn't going to happen. We'd arranged for the Saturday but Matt had some live sound engineering work to do so that left just myself and Ryan but we decided to hold off until Matt was available.
A few days later, on the Tuesday, we successfully arranged a meet up that we could all actually attend. We met up at Ryan's practice studio and each set up our pride and joy.


Monday 6 June 2016

Testimonial - Fred and his parents, Blythe and Rodger

I have taught Fred for the last 4 years and he's an absolute joy to work with. His sense of humour is second to none and his energy is infectious. He's come along way with his playing and I'm really proud of his achievements. Fred and his parents (Blythe and Rodger) had some kind words about my teaching and I asked if they didn't mind me posting them on my website - being the lovely people that they are, they didn't mind at all. They are a wonderful family and I'm lucky to know them.


Sunday 5 June 2016

Keith Carlock/ Ash Soan Drum Clinic - 23/05/16

Much to my frustration, this is the second time I have had to write this blog post. I posted the original within days of attending the Keith Carlock/ Ash Soan clinic event but unfortunately the post was accidentally deleted.

The clinic was held in Castleford and was a lovely gift from a student of mine. Teejay and his Dad Tom bought me the ticket as a thankyou for my work in Teejay's lessons and I couldn't appreciate it more. Tom managed to grab us some absolutely incredible seats and I managed to get some great pictures of the two drum kits as we arrived.


Sunday 29 May 2016

Testimonials - Helen

It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to this lovely lady today. I've taught her for almost 9 years out of the 13 years she's been playing! She loves playing drums but sometimes life gets in the way. It's been an absolute pleasure! And I would gladly do it again. Well done Helen! I'm sure we'll continue to stay in touch! Good luck with the future.


Monday 16 May 2016

Testimonials - Will and Ian Haliday

Over the years I've been lucky enough to have hard working, determined and driven students. None more so that Will Halliday. He started his Drum lessons, with me, at the age of 5 and I soon realised that he had a natural musical spark. In November 2011, he passed his grade 3 exam with a merit, which is no easy feat. He continued his learning and decided to take a little break from grades to concentrate on his playing and technique. In 2013 Will passed his grade 5 with a merit and then just 10 months later he passed grade 6 too. But that still wasn't enough for this little guy...

Friday 6 May 2016

Testimonials - James Tansey

I have been teaching drums for around 10 years and in that time I have taught a great deal of interesting people. One of those people is a student called James. He is most definitely eccentric and an extrovert in absolutely everything he does. He's a great guy and a lot of fun to teach!


Saturday 30 April 2016



I N      A T M ☽ S P H E R E S   was a band that I was a part of back in 2012-14. The band was a three piece and consisted of Singer/ Guitarist/ Song writer - Dominic Gregory, Bassist/ Song writer - Jord Froggatt and myself. My role in the band consisted of Co-writing the songs, parts and melodies, arranging strings and of course playing drums. Although the band had an abrupt and completely premature ending, it remains a project that all members are deeply proud of. It also in many ways shaped the career directions we all went down once the band had ended.


Tuesday 26 April 2016

Testimonials - Katya Fox

One of my longest students Katya decided that she would like to share some kind words about her 7 years with me. I've worked with Kat since she was just 10 years old and I am thoroughly proud of her achievements. She is driven and has great ambitions of teaching drums herself.

Thursday 7 April 2016

Testimonials - Teejay and His Dad, Tom

Recently, I have been speaking to my students about my website and it was suggested to me that I should add a testimonials page, so I did. It didn't actually occur to me that I'd have to ask people if they were interested in writing something. Fortunately for me, I teach some of the loveliest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I asked Teejay and his dad Tom if they wouldn't mind writing up their thoughts on my lessons and teaching ability and they have absolutely blown me away with their kind words. Thank you Teejay and Tom.


Saturday 26 March 2016

Take My Time

This video was an incredible gift from my good friend Nick Allott from Anchors Aweigh Media UK.
He came to the recording session with his new camera (eager to use it) and asked if he could shoot some footage of us in the studio. I didn't know the footage would be used for anything so I cant thank Nick enough for putting this video together.
The band I was playing with at the time was called:

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