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6 Drumming Masters     1 Day of Inspiration

Saturday 10th September

9am - 6pm

Join 6 masters of the drumming community for a full day of insight, learning and inspiration. Each Drummer will provide a 1 hour session of demonstration and discussion in their chosen topic. Those lucky to attend will also have the opportunity to meet and chat with some of the most experienced drummers in the music sphere. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that is guaranteed to provide the education and inspiration to advance your drumming skills.

Please note that this is a separate ticket event to the Sunday event.

Tickets are limited to ensure this experience is as unique as possible.


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Meet the Masters

Richard Spaven

“Develop your own voice & style at the kit”


In my class we’ll be exploring how to develop your own voice and style at the kit - developing flow and how to expand your playing within a style. Expanding your vocabulary by maximising your technique, exploding ideas in order to be creative and inventive - and managing a tasteful and appropriate balance for the musical situation.

As a drummer, composer or artist, Richard Spaven is one of the world’s most exciting and genre-defying. His career has seen him play for many of music’s most innovative artists both on stage and in the studio: Jose James, Flying Lotus, The Cinematic Orchestra, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Gregory Porter to name but a few.


Not only is he a much in demand drummer, but a boundary-pushing artist in his own right. His debut album ‘Whole Other*’ (2014) touched on many musical palettes and bridged the gap between jazz and electronica. 2017’s ‘The Self’ saw him affirming his love for club culture and electronica, sampling his own drums on the Photek cover ‘Hidden Camera’ and collaborating with Metalheadz MC Cleveland Watkiss to recreate the London sound system vibe so integral to his background. 

Clark Tracey

“Jazz Drumming with the Masters”


I’ll be presenting my approach to jazz drumming and various experiences having worked with a vast mix of British, American and European musicians for over 40 years. This is both verbally and physically on the drums. I’ll look at tuning and my personal preference, and stage positioning etc. I’ll also be looking at the rudiments that I find the most useful on everyday gigs and how I practise them. I’ll give a couple of examples of the master jazz drummers like Max Roach and Art Blakey and how they fit into jazz history and the influence they have given us.

I’ll also demonstrate the quality of Cambridge Drums and show why I’m an ardent supporter of their equipment. Most importantly perhaps, I’ll be directly answering any questions related to jazz drumming that students find elusive or beyond their knowledge.

Clark grew up in a jazz environment as the son of Stan Tracey CBE, the UK’s leading jazz pianist, and from an early age took to the piano and vibraphones. At 13 he started playing the drums and he turned professional at 17 in 1978 by joining his father’s various ensembles, from trio to orchestra up to the present day. Clark has had 40 years’ experience playing alongside some of the most important artists in jazz at home and abroad.


Some of the most significant unions with American artists have been with Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, John Hicks, George Cables, Bud Shank, Red Rodney, and Scott Hamilton. British artists include names such as Ronnie Scott, John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Barnes, Don Weller and Tommy Smith. He has recorded over 100 albums (15 as a leader) and performed in over 50 countries. He has been awarded “Best Drums” title six times in the British Jazz Awards (most recently in 2018) and Ronnie Scott’s Award for “Best Drums” in 2007. He has endorsements with Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drumheads and Cambridge Drums.

Scott Pellegrom

“Improving fluidity around the drum set”


Scott Pellegrom has become one of the leading innovators for the next generation of drumming. Since performing live at the age of five, he has transformed from a natural born rhythmist to an international performer and clinician.


Scott is a multiple-time industry award winner and a Top Four Finalist in the Guitar Center Drum-Off, the largest drum competition in the world. He has been nominated as the best up-and-coming player in Modern Drummer and listed as one of the top music educators in the world.


In his career, Scott has educated in hundreds of clinics and assemblies, developed signature products for Dream Cymbals, produced an album with his band, SP3, and has racked up over 10,000 hours of practice behind the drums.


Scott has made appearances at the Victoria Drum Fest, Montreal Drum Festival, Australia’s Ultimate Drummers Weekend, Cape Breton International Drum Festival, SXSW® festival, Tedx events, and many more. Scott also performs and demonstrates signature products at NAMM, Musikmesse and PASIC every year. Scott currently resides in Grand Haven, Michigan working as the head percussionist and drummer at Third Coast Recording Company.

Marco Minnemann

“Technique, Groove, Odd Meters and Independence”


Marco Minnemann (born 24 December 1970) is a German drummer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He has published a number of solo CDs. On most of them he performs all instruments and vocals. He is known for developing a very advanced drum technique called interdependence allowing him to play various patterns with each of his feet or hands, and has published several instructional books describing this concept.

In 2011, he was the runner-up in a series of auditions for Dream Theater after Mike Portnoy left the band in 2010.[3]


Marco also performs with several other groups. He was a member of the German Crossover band Freaky Fukin Weirdoz from 1992–98, with whom he recorded 4 albums, and from 1998-99 he was a member of the German Rock band H-Blockx and recorded the album “Fly Eyes” with them. From 2011-2016 he was a member of Steven Wilson’s studio band and, on occasion, his touring band as well. He is a member of the rock group The Aristocrats[5] and has performed with Joe Satriani since 2013. Currently he is also the drummer for The Mute Gods, which is a project of Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo, Steven Wilson Band) and appears on their album “Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me”.

THE ARISTOCRATS will embark on a world wide tour starting in mid 2019 in support of the ‘You know what… ?’ album.

John Tierney

“The fundamentals of technique and dynamic control”


Originally from Kilkenny, Tierney has been playing drums since he was 14. He has played in many different bands, toured all around Ireland and played in Europe and America. In 2013, he opened the highly regarded Rhythm Drum School which provides its students with the opportunity to learn to play or improve their drum skills, offering lessons for beginners, improvers, and also experienced drummer, who may wish to learn a new style.


In 2019, Tierney created and promoted The Galway Drum Show - a one day drumming event held in the West of Ireland. Featuring special guests, masterclasses, demonstrations and a full Drum Expo, the event received critical acclaim from the drumming community and returns as a 2-day event in March 2020.

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Saturday 10th September  9am - 6pm

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