MEET OUR TUTORS
Jon has been drumming for eighteen years, twelve of those gigging professionally and eleven teaching professionally. Studying under Nick Gaffaney and Ted Meager at the CPIT Jazz School (now ARA Music Arts) taught him a wealth of knowledge across many styles. He has played in a few of Canterbury’s top covers bands including ‘The Brothers Grimm’ and now ‘Black and Gold’ which have allowed him to travel all over the country to play. 2016 saw Jon take out first place in the ‘Christchurch drum off’ competition.
In 2015 Jon opened Christchurch Drum Studios in Addington. “I really wanted to make lessons fun, engaging, practical and use the latest technology”. Since then Christchurch drum studios has expanded to having over 100 students and 4 tutors between two sites. Addington and Pegasus. In recent times Jon has put a lot of energy into making professional YouTube videos (Which can be found in the Tutor videos section). But would you believe it…the one that went viral with over 1.5 Million views was shot on an iPhone!
Lessons with Jon will be first of all getting the student engaged ,seeing what works for them. Whether it’s formal lessons with a view of going through Trinity grading, practical lessons to get you started in your band, or just wanting the ability to play some of your favourite classics. Jon has you covered.
Sam started pursuing his interest in drumming in 2006 at the age of 10. He found that during his studies in high school that this was the career path he wanted to pursue. Upon graduating high school, he was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to the Ara Music Arts program (formally CPIT Jazz School) in which he successfully completed a bachelor in music arts, graduating in 2017. Since then Sam has been performing live shows, providing session work for musical projects, and teaching students privately.
Sam has had classical training in music theory. This means he has a very good understanding of reading, transcribing and writing drum sheet music. This is reflected in his teaching style as many examples, grooves, fills and exercises will be explained using music theory.
Sam’s main focus is on live performance and what goes into playing in a band scenario. This means from the intermediate to advanced level there will be a large amount of improvisation, time keeping, coordination, and reading based teachings. There will also be a focus on particular grooves and fills and how to seamlessly incorporate them into a musical context.
Sam is currently a full time drummer in 3 musical projects. His original rock band “Saint Peter’s Thursday” have released their debut single “Fisherman” with a music video available on YouTube. They have a fully fledged album in the works, recorded locally at Orange Studios which is due to be released in 2022.
Sam was also a former member of the music group “PRINS” is a commercial pop group gaining traction around the country. PRINS completed an international tour of the Philippines in 2019 and have since released an EP and 2 additional singles. Prins has also played as part of New Zealand’s festival circuit. Playing Bay Dreams and Electric ave in 2021. Sam was part of the live band and performed in several nation-wide tours with this group.
The third group is a cover band called “VOXY”. Voxy are an in-demand covers band based here in Christchurch. They often take the stage at Fat Eddies and play a variety of different bars around the city. They also often play private functions and wedding gigs, which have taken them all over New Zealand.
Sam has helped budding drummers find their musical feet on the drums for over 25 years.
Although born in Christchurch, Sam has mainly lived overseas teaching and performing in Dubai,Canada,USA,Japan and Korea. He is a versatile musician who loves playing all styles of music. Sam provides practical and fun lessons whilst covering the fundamentals and techniques necessary to play and perform drums.
Whether the student is playing drums as a hobby or they want to pursue music as a career, Sam is happy to help them on their way.
Born and raised in Christchurch New Zealand, Marc was given his first set of sticks at 4 years old
and his first drum kit at 5. At just 9 Years old he started playing gigs in his fathers cover band
playing local bars and private functions. At 14 years old he was offered his first session gig,
traveling around the south island with a Backing band for Music awards and festivals and some
Marc's musical interest Grew and grew in his teens, seeking knowledge and watching almost every
musician he came across. Not a single genre was safe! His versatility through multiple styles found
him playing with some of Christchurch's best Corporate and Original bands and travelling
Australasia with various artists.
Now Marc is a highly professional Drummer with 30 years of experience in both Live and Studio
settings in New Zealand and abroad. This includes Teaching, performing, touring and recording
with some of New Zealand's finest musicians He is currently a member of 1 Drop Nation about to
record their first full length album.
Marc brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom with a fun attitude any the
determination to see his students develop and succeed in what they want to achieve!