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Our drum tutors
Director/Head of Drums
Wayne started playing drums at the age of 19 when a friend introduced him to the instrument. Over the next five years, he performed in various bands as well as playing in his church in Guernsey, Channel Islands.
In September 2004, Wayne moved to the UK to study drums and percussion full time at Tech Music School (formerly Drumtech) in Acton, London.
He gained the Diploma in Popular Music Performance, a qualification which is accredited by Thames Valley University. While in London, Wayne studied under some of the best session/freelance drummers in the UK, such as Francis Seriau (Founder of Drumtech), Mick Morena and Erik Stams (as seen teaching Aled Jones on the BBC programme Play it Again).
After graduating, Wayne moved to Southampton and started to teach drums on a part-time basis to students in the surrounding region. He also got involved in local Jazz/Funk band Manuka Honey, playing gigs in Southampton.
Wayne now lives in Guernsey and teaches drums professionally. In 2008, he set up DrumWorks providing drum lessons to over one hundred students per week. Since then, he has entered many students for exams all of whom have achieved success and have continued to become stronger musicians.
With a view to meeting demand for tuition in other popular musical instruments in Guernsey, in February 2013 Thirst Music School was born. In 2020, Wayne achieved the RSL Level 6 Professional Diploma (Creative Enterprise) and continually looks to improve his skills both as a musician and an educator.
Felix enjoyed playing musical instruments from an early age. Beginning with the violin during primary school, he then found a love for the percussive side of music and also began learning orchestral percussion. During secondary school, Felix continued to explore his interest in rhythmic instruments, transitioning to learn the drum kit along side general percussion. By the end of secondary school, Felix had gained a Grade 8 qualification in both percussion and the drum kit, awarded by the Trinity and Rockschool examination boards respectively.
Felix has gained experience playing in various wind bands, orchestras and jazz bands with the Guernsey Music Service. He has also enjoyed gigging as a member of jazz band ‘All That Jazz‘, with whom he played at various private events. The band also performed as finalists in the Specsavers ‘Reach for a Star’ competition in 2011.
After attending university for 3 years, Felix is now enjoying spreading his love and knowledge for the drum kit in order to help his students be the best drummers they can be.
Jake started having drum lessons with Wayne in his early teens after listening to all his dad’s punk rock CDs! Throughout secondary school Jake was a member of popular band ‘Doomsday Project’ and gigged locally as well as releasing two recordings. After finishing college, Jake went to the UK to study at BIMM Brighton and gained a degree in Professional Musicianship. He has since been gigging and recording in the south of England with a wide range of artists and now returns to Guernsey to take up a teaching post with us – we are delighted to welcome Jake to the team!
Charlie started playing drums at the age of 11 after being inspired at a school open day and hasn’t looked back! He has performed locally in rock bands, jazz and wind bands as well as accompanying school performances. While Charlie enjoys playing all styles, his particular specialisms are rock, metal, punk, jazz and classical. Among his main influences are: Architects, A day to Remember, Billie Eilish, Polyphia, Alpha Wolf, Chelsea Grin, White Chapel, Dealer and Northlane.
As well as studying drums and trumpet at grade 8, Charlie also plays guitar, bass and piano.