INSTRUCTORS

JOHN VOOGHT

John is the owner of 'UK Drummers' and Head Instructor. He has been a professional drummer/instructor since the age of 18, playing and teaching all styles of music. He has played and studied drums in California with one of the worlds most renowned Drum Instructors, Mike Johnston, professionals Dante Roberson, Bruce Spencer & Tim Metz, and also got to learn from the likes of Thomas Pridgen, Eric Moore and Aaron Spears.  He has also completed a master-session course with world-class drummer, Benny Greb.

He is an endorsee & Artist of Meinl Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads and Vater Percussion and plays for the London based rock band, The Filthy Youth, who have played sell-out shows in the UK and America, and were featured in the New York based TV Series 'Gossip Girl'. He also plays for Jazz/Funk Fusion band, 'Mermaid Theatre', solo artist Benjamin Allingham, and The Hertfordshire Concert Band. He also owns and runs the Drum Educational website jvdrumlessons.com.

TRISTAN MURRAY

Tris has years of drumming experience, many of which he has been playing and teaching professionally.  

After earning a distinction grade at the Nexus School Of Music, he went on to play in many different bands of a range of styles, such as Pop, Rock, Indie, Metal, and Jazz. Having performed and recorded all over the country, Tris has a wealth of drumming knowledge, and has also achieved a Trinity College London Grade 8 Distinction.

Tris has studied with top class drummers and learnt personally from the likes of Aaron Spears (Usher), Donavan Hepburn (Take That), Mark Mondesir (Jeff Beck), and the legendary Dom Famularo.

PETE APPLETON

Pete has been playing for 10 years, and earned a Higher National Diploma at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London.

He has studied with a range of professional drummers, such as Gabor Dornyei (Thriller Live), Fergus Gerrand (Sting, Take That), and also John Vooght (UK Drummers), with whom he achieved a Grade 8 Distinction.

From these tutors Pete has become skilled in a vast array of drumming styles, ranging from Rock all the way to World Music.

Pete is a multi-instrumentalist, playing bass and guitar -as well as drums - in bands, so has a great perspective and understanding of music from all angles.

MATT PAYNE

Matt has been playing drum for many years. After playing in Original Math & Prog Rock bands as a teenager, Matt went on to study at The Academy of Music & Sound, Hertfordshire College of Music, and also The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London.  Here Matt gained a breadth of knowledge in both music theory and music performance under the guidance of Fergus Gerrand (Take That, Duran Duran, Sting, Bryan Adams, Spice Girls).

Matt is currently playing with Sody (Universal), with whom he has performed and recorded with in Glastonbury and Los Angeles, as well as touring with British break through Indie Rock act, Tom Walker.

Matt also has great experience in performing a huge repertoire of different styles of music in function bands The Waletones, Wild Lies, & Fleetwood Mac Tribute.