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Russell Smith - Drums

Born in Brisbane and moving to Central Q (Rockhampton) where he represented Queensland Rockhampton High School at the March drummer Championships... a strong part of the High school Brass band performance play offs in the 70’s held in Brisbane.

Russell Won that day and has not looked back as a musician since then, having spent many ensuing years playing and performing with some of our world class performers. Before moving to Tasmania for the Wrest Point Casino Hobart contract as the show band drummer and resident... Russell at 18 was playing in some of our famous Brisbane venues and working and recording with our- Kerry Anne Kennerley, Ronnie Burns, Dennis Walter, Ray Burgess, and Robyn Jolley. Theatre productions of Godspell and Dimboola.

Other artists include, Venetta Fields, Peter Cupples, Alan Zavod, Peter Jones, Nina Ferro, Harry Secombe, Helen Shapiro, Barry Crocker... Performed and Recorded- Village roadshow feature film “Hotel De Love” and performed with Ches Haynes, Sarah Maclaine the Eclipse Ceduna Concert and the Channel 10 GMA series..

Russell had his own band at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne for 4 years and was able to hire and retain the services of some of our finest session musicians- a period of his playing that he credits to be his best. Craig Newman, Everi Everipidies, Peter Jones, Alan Zavod, Ches Haynes, Mike Matthews, and Nina Ferro were some of the fine players in that band.

VCA, Drumtek and along with AMEB in Melbourne and now Brisbane are the Australian music Institutions Russell spends most of his time formally as a student, where he took regular lessons with Graham Morgan, Frank Corniola, Virgil Donati and David Jones, Alex Pertout- and is now himself a fine teacher.

He spent teaching time at many schools both in Victoria and Queensland, including Drumtek, as clinician and hired staff teacher in Victoria, and Examiner for AMEB Vic and Qld. Also specialist master class of the AMEB works for Grammar Schools and VCA in Melbourne, all since the introduction of the CPM syllabus for Drumset 17 years ago.

He is now teaching the works of the AMEB and some of his signature grooves for which he is recognised, and is excited about being a part of the team at Just Percussion. 

 

 

 

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