About Me

I started playing drums as a 12-year old boy at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham (since made famous by Ed Sheran) and by 14 I was playing in a band. Music was high on the agenda, and with the school’s encouragement I played my first theatre gigs before turning 15.

I continued to play at university and in my twenties played and recorded with several original bands and artists including Mr Moon, Earl Grey, The Wah and latterly The Grenadiers. I also spent several years playing on the functions circuit. I have been fortunate enough to play extensively across the country and even as far afield as Germany.

I set up my teaching studio in 2007, with equipment provided by Sonor drums and Zildjian cymbals. Since 2012, I have also been the resident drum tutor at Suffolk One college, and Holbrook Academy.

I feel I owe it to my students to continually improve and evolve as a player and a teacher, so I spent several years studying with the well-known teacher Colin Woolway. More recently, I was a student of the late great Bob Armstrong from 2014-2017, who until his passing in 2017 was regarded as the UK’s leading drum educator.

As a family man, my teaching now out-weighs my playing but I do ‘keep my hand in’;  I have the proud privilege of occupying the drum stool with Steemy Dan, a 10-piece group that recreates the music of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker for theatre audiences across East Anglia and London. I also do occasional ‘dep’ gigs, in various styles of music.

Aside from drums, my hobbies are collecting LP records and motorsport. Above all else though, I love spending time with my wife and two daughters.

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