Alex Tomkinson – Drums
Alex began teaching drums in 2013. He is experienced at teaching drummers of all levels of ability and from various musical backgrounds, including students with SENs. He has taught from a range of graded syllabuses including Rock School and Trinity College London, and now endorses the popular Trinity Rock & Pop syllabus. In addition to working at Northwich Drum Studio, Alex also works as a peripatetic tutor in schools and plays the drums professionally. It is by drawing upon his real experience as drummer that Alex is able to pass on great levels of knowledge and inspiration to his students. Alex regularly receives highly positive feedback from both students and parents alike.
Alex has an enhanced certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for the role of ‘child workforce music teacher’, and has completed Safeguarding Young People Level 2 by Educare (renewed 04/10/2018). He also attained a degree in Popular Music and Recording from the University of Salford in 2009, is a MISM (member of the incorporated society of musicians), and is fully insured for public liability.
Alex has a highly varied experience of performing music. From recording in studios with original bands, to rocking out with tribute acts to crowds of thousands, to taking part in regional brass band competitions. These days you will mostly find Alex manning the kit for talented UK guitarist Howie G.
Howie G – Britain’s Rare Guitars Live! – Showcase TV, SKY Channel 192
John Wallace – Drums & Latin Percussion
John has over 10 years experience tutoring drums to children and adults of varying abilities, including students with SEND. He has a 100% pass rate for my students who have undertaken graded examinations with Rockschool and Trinity Guildhall. People learn in different ways and John takes pride in using different teaching techniques with different students to ensure that interest in the instrument is maintained in addition to progress being made. John has received highly positive feedback from students and parents alike.
John is fully DBS checked and have received extensive safeguarding training.
As well as teaching drums John performs professionally. In addition to function work he has performed on tour with original bands supporting artists such as The Zutons, Crowded House, The Lightning Seeds and many other well-known names. Highlights from his performing career include performing at the Liverpool Echo Arena and records he has performed on being played on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, as well as radio play throughout Europe and USA.
John studied drums and Latin percussion with world renowned drummer Dave Hassell while studying for his degree in Popular Music & Recording BA (Hons) in which he graduated with a 2:1.
Below are some examples of John’s drumming.
I performed drums on the music here that was used for a Nike 6.0 advertisement. The original advert received over 1,000,000 views.
A drum cover of The Foo Fighters song ‘Learn To Fly’.
You can find out more about John here: www.johnwallacedrums.com