John has been playing the drum kit since age 11. He studied with a local drum kit teacher until he left to go to Roehampton Institute to study Education & Music (BA Hons). On graduating John was fortunate enough to join several bands between 1997-2002 and gig extensively around London as a freelance musician. He has recorded demos for various original artists and three albums (one album, “Say Goodbye” by The Lost Eskimos is available on iTunes). Some of the highlights of places he has performed include the Rock Garden in Covent Garden and the now closed Kings Head in Fulham.
John works as a professional drummer/percussionist & sound effects provider for amateur productions of shows such as “We Will Rock You,” “Grease”, “War of the Worlds”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and many others. John’s other commitments range from producing sound effects for companies and occasionally drumming at church events and depping for other drummers at short notice.
As a drum teacher, John has been teaching in various forms (privately, in schools and online) since 2000 with one former student now with the Royal Marines band service. He currently teaches at Melksham Oak Community School, Sarum Academy, John of Gaunt School, Forest & Sandridge C.E. Primary School, & Walwayne Court Primary School.
Lessons can take place either online or in-person at John’s studio in North Bradley, Wiltshire on his Roland TD-50 drum kit or at any of the schools he currently teaches at. John has extensive experience in teaching students with additional needs and will happily work with any student who wants to learn to play.
For your complete peace of mind, John has a current Enhanced DBS check and is happy to provide references on request.
John has also been a Roland Teaching Ambassador since 2013 and a Drumeo Certified Tutor in summer 2015. John is also proud to be an Associate Provider for Wiltshire Music Connect.
To contact John about lessons via Zoom, in-person or in one of the schools he teaches in, please use the contact form below.