Lessons in Drums and
Orchestral Percussion in Brisbane.
Not only are we Australia’s most trusted Drum and Percussion store, you can come and learn your instrument from some of Australia’s finest musicians!
David Watts is a professional percussionist who has over 10 years of professional experience and can proficiently assist you on your musical journey through whatever avenue you choose.
If you are a beginner and would like to explore? Or an intermediate player that would like to develop? David can guide, teach and take you, from your beginning to a well advanced professional level.
David has a wide range of experience, performing and educating which has underpinned his teaching ability. Equal fourth place HSC Music in 2016 as well as a Tertiary Education in Jazz and Percussion from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. David has worked professionally as a musician for The Queensland Symphony Orchestra, New South Wales Schools Spectacular, New South Wales State Wind Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other professional Conservatorium ensembles.
David also Tutors at Music Camps and Youth Orchestras across Queensland and New South Wales. He has the ability to progress his students to the professional levels such as; Schools Spectacular, AMEB Exams, Festivals of Performing Arts as well as prepare students for Tertiary Education.
David explores the realms of drum set, tuned and untuned percussion and can tailor a learning syllabus, specific to the way you learn.
Brent Miller has performed nationally and internationally as a Timpanist and Percussionist with Orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan), Singapore Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. His chamber music involvements have included performances with Southern Cross Soloists, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Virtuosi, Sydney Camerata, Camerata of St. John’s and conducting engagements with Griffith Chamber Players.
Through his freelance engagements, Brent has had the privilege of performing alongside artists such as Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Diana Krall, Lang Lang, Tim Minchin, Sinead O’Conner, Kate Ceberano, The Wiggles, Anthony Callea, Katie Noonan and Gurrumul Yunupingu.
As an educator, Brent is a Percussion Examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and has frequently tutored percussionists of the Queensland Youth Orchestras, guest tutored the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and acted as timpani tutor for the Queensland ‘Young’ Conservatorium. He has given a timpani masterclass to students of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and several school workshops around Australia, including a weeklong rhythm workshop for students of all instruments at Southern Cross Soloists’ Rockhampton Winter Music School.
Other career highlights include being chosen as the Timpanist (and one of only 4 Australians) for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011, the World Youth Orchestra 2012, and an International Tour to Europe and China with the Australian Youth Orchestra 2010 that included performances at the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Also, in 2008, Brent won the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award and was invited to record the test piece for the competition (Clockwork Lemon by Stuart Greenbaum) with Rhythmscape Publishing Australia.
• Brent is available for lessons on ALL classical percussion instruments, including: Timpani, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Snare Drum, Tambourine, Triangle, etc.
• Hobby player? School student? Aspiring Professional? All skill levels and ages are welcomed. Let me share my love and passion for percussion with you – experience the joy of percussion music-making today! I will help you achieve your goals in a supportive and fun environment.
• Quality assured – I pride myself on giving each student a solid technical foundation and tailor an individual program for each person.
• Trinity and AMEB syllabus teaching available.
• No lock-in commitments – have lessons at a frequency that suits you. We will work at a pace that suits your lifestyle.
• Do not let doubts or impairments hold you back – my past students have included those that are hearing impaired. Anything is possible!!
Ashley Higgins is a successful educator & performer. He began his career studying brass and woodwind instruments at school but quickly realized that his interest was in the ‘driver’s seat’ of a band. Then the devotion to the art of drumming began. By the time he was 14 he was working professionally with many bands and artists. He is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology holding a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz & Popular music, majoring on Drums & Percussion, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Education.
It was during this time that he began his career as an in-demand drummer and educator in Queensland. Ashley has been a Music Educator with Education QLD for over 14 years working at some of Brisbane’s major high schools directing concert bands, orchestras, big bands & percussion ensembles. He has conducted workshops and professional development sessions for teachers and students and more recently mentored the percussion and rhythm section students in the “Creative Generations” Big Band and Orchestra.
Ashley was a member of the “HIP HOP HORNS” – one of Australia’s most successful corporate acts – for 6 years and this experience launched him as a freelance player performing many corporate, club and festival shows with artist’s and bands such as: Andy Firth, Doug Parkinson, Melinda Schneider, Tom Sharah, Paulini, Jack Vidgen, Mirusia, Rhonda Burchmore, Simon Gallaher, Julie Anthony, Kevin Hocking, Rob Guest, SavVy, The Oz Hornz, Miss Mandy Swings, The Fabulous Blues Boys, Creative Generations State Schools Onstage (Channel 10), The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols (Channel 7, 9 & 10), Planet Funk, Vegas Please, Odyssey, Zion, Lush, Swing Central, Radio Club Band, The Allan Brown Big Band, The Brisbane Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Warner Bros. Movie World Band, Robert Clarke, Jane Michelle and Ceri McCoy.The Rat Packs Back, Tap Dogs, Bang (Ultimate Drummers Weekend 2003), Vanessa Amorosi, Marcia Hines, Troy Casser-Daly, Lee Kernaghan, Kate Cebrano, Christine Anu & Grace Night. He has performed with Opera Australia for the production of “The Pirates of Penzance” and held the “dep” chair for “Jersey Boys” which saw him playing several of the shows in 2012. Ashley has played on recordings for Jal Joshua (Runner-up Australia’s Got Talent 2009), Miss Mandy Swings, Jelly Kids, Savvy and other on call sessions for various artists.
Recipient of the SJ Bromley Jazz Award and Magnetic Island Jazz Festival Young Performers Award, Lachlan Hawkins is a drummer, percussionist and composer currently finishing his studies at the Queensland Conservatorium. A member of the Conservatorium’s flagship jazz orchestra, the Con Artists, Lachlan has also extensively performed around Australia in a variety of settings, ranging from jazz trios to corporate bands to symphony orchestras. In 2014, Lachlan was selected as one of six finalists for the James Morrison Scholarship in Mount Gambier. His most rewarding experiences to date include touring Asia and Europe with the Queensland Youth Symphony, participating in the Juilliard Winter Jazz School as well as sharing the stage with artists including James Morrison, The Idea or North, Elly Hoyt, John Hoffman, The View from Madeleine’s Couch, Swing Central and Melissa Western. Lachlan has been running a private teaching studio since graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2011, and is passionate about passing his knowledge on to others. Along with classmate Tsoof Baras, Lachlan currently presents body percussion workshops to schools. Together, having been inspired by groups such as STOMP and the Blue Man Group, they are currently working on a series of compositions that combine music with visual and theatrical elements. Lachlan has been fortunate to study with Carl Allen, David Jones, Marcio Bahia, John Parker, Paul Hudson and Grant Collins.