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Drum Kit & Percussion – Instruments & Teachers

Sam Howes

Sam Howes

Instruments: Percussion

Sam enjoys playing and performing a wide variety of music and therefore sees percussion as a discipline well suited to himself. He has been fortunate to have performance experience in a wide spectrum of music, from playing in an orchestral setting to playing with the Box 9 drumline at the last Rugby World Cup. 

Having started percussion education aged seven with a peripatetic teacher, Samuel quickly progressed and was offered a place at the Birmingham conservatoire where he then remained for seven years. In this time, he also played in the National Children’s Orchestra, learning the fundamental skills of orchestral section playing and musicianship.

These experiences combined led to Samuel gaining a place as a specialist musician at Wells Cathedral school. Here, he had chance to play with many different ensembles, learning vital experience in performing with others in many different settings such as orchestras, big band and the PH7 drumline. Wells also offered the chance to go on percussion tours to both Budapest and Hong Kong. It was here, while working with classes of disabled children, Samuel discovered a passion for teaching, and the extra challenge of working with autistic and hearing-impaired children only inspired him more. 

While at Wells, Samuel then gained a place to study at the Royal College of Music as a scholar supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds award. The RCM provides Samuel with opportunities in a very wide range of different musical activities, and being in London means he performs as an orchestral percussionist and among other things has played at the Rugby World Cup Final with the Box 9 drumline. More recently, he has enjoyed working with composers Steve Reich and David Lang in performances at the RCM.

After graduating from the RCM, Samuel intends to continue with his broad musical interests and hopes to pursue a career that involves a wide variety of music in both performance and education.

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Phillip Harper

Phillip Harper

Instruments: Drum Kit

Phillip has been playing drums and percussion for 15 years in total and started professionally in 1989. He took drum lessons at school and sixth form college and in 1996 met a man named Clifford Jarvis who had previously played drums with some of the biggest names in Jazz history (John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra and many more). He became a friend/inspiration and teacher shaping the way Phil also runs workshops teaching studio recording techniques. As a session musician he has recorded and performed with: Terry Callier, The East London Gospel Choir, Craig David, J-Life, Ronnie Laws, Julie Dexter, The Esscofery Sisters and many more obscure artists. Phillip is a promoter of live music and is leader of his own group THE LIFEFORCE BAND.

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Cyro Zuzi

Cyro Zuzi

Instruments: Drum Kit

Cyro Zuzi is a Brazilian born percussionist and drummer, he started his career more than 20 years ago, studying with Brazilian tutors Douglas Las Casas and Ramon Montagner. In his early days as a drummer he played in many rock bands around Sao Paulo, and in the year 2000 spent a month studying drums in Havana (Cuba), with the collaborator of Modern Drummer Magazine: Chuck Silverman among other Cuban teachers.

Still in 2000, he achieved first place in the Concurso de Bateristas do Vale do Paraiba, a renowned drum contest that gathers drummers from all over São Paulo state. In 2007 Cyro moved to London for professional gigs and recording sessions with local artists. He also appeared on 8 out of 10 Cats, Backchat and Loose Women.

He has recorded a few albums in UK, including the Hard Rock band: Nitroville (Don't stop what is coming), and Jazz artists Tamas Teszary (Bopcore) and Guido Spannocchi (Terms and Conditions). He has also collaborated in many tracks for independent artists and in 2018 recorded an instructional DVD called 'Workshop de Jazz International´ in Brazil with his own trio.

Cyro has been touring, doing concerts and workshops in many cities around UK, and played in some of the top music festivals, such as Cheltenham Jazz Fest, Secret Garden Party, Boom Town and Glastonbury. Performances and tours abroad include countries in South America, Europe, Africa and Middle East. He also played in most of London's prestigious music places: Ronnie Scotts, Jazz Café, Koko and The Vortex.

A keen educator, Cyro has been working as a private teacher for many years and since 2018 he has been the director of Bish Bash Bosh, a company which provides samba workshops for schools, businesses and communities all over the UK. Cyro has been a dep at Young Music Makers since 2017, and is very happy to have been made a permanent member of the team from September 2020. He is also involved with the project Girl Plays Jazz, providing jazz workshops for young females instrumentalists.

As a researcher Cyro has been developing a deep study in Brazilian drums that involves the history of rhythms from São Paulo and its roots in Africa.

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