Drums and Percussion Teachers
I came from a household full of music and after watching my sister play conga, gravitated towards the school drum kit. I taught myself basic beats, got involved in the school band and then began playing gigs on the local Folk and punk circuit in Northern Ireland. Everything changed when I signed up to a jazz course at college where I was tutored by Kieth Copeland (Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye etc.) This experience and his influence was a catalyst to a life long journey in studying and playing drums.
During the 1990s, while studying for a BMus at University Of Ulster (studying orchestral percussion)in Northern Ireland, I began teaching drums and percussion in local schools in Belfast. I moved to the South of England in 2000 and began peripatetic teaching for the East Sussex Music Service, becoming head of the Drums and Percussion department in 2007. I am currently Head of Drums, Percussion and now Keyboard for East Sussex Music.
Adam Bushell started playing percussion at the age of 7 in his dad’s village band, and hasn’t looked back since. His musical curiosity and sense of adventure have led him to explore traditional folk music, contemporary classical music and experimental improvisation, and he has worked with musicians including Chris Wood, Steve Beresford, Michael Finnissy and Spiers.
He is a busy teacher, working with East Sussex Music and Brighton & Hove Music and Arts, and in 2016 directed young percussionists from both music services in a performance of Ionisation by Edgard Varese – a classic of percussion repertoire which is normally only played be professionals and conservatoire students. In addition, Adam has coached South Downs Youth Orchestra, East Sussex Youth Orchestra, the Brighton Youth Orchestra and o360, and for many years was a regular tutor at the Dartington International Summer School.
Adam plays with a number of bands around the South East, including Duck Soup (folk) and Baby (improv) and Endymion (classical) and can be found performing anywhere from the BBC Proms to tiny function rooms in pubs.
Since graduating in 2013 Lawrie toured the UK and Europe several times alongside the likes of You Me At Six, Dry The River, Don Broco and Rival Schools. He’s shared studio sessions with Max Hayes (Primal Scream, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Bloc Party) Jag Sultan (The Macabees) and Gez Walton (The King Blues) to name a few as well as multiple festival appearances along the way.
As well as performing live and in the studio, Lawrie’s passion also lies in inspiring young drummers. With over 10 years’ worth of teaching experience Lawrie is a proud member of the East Sussex Music Team!
Ed is a touring and recording drummer who also works under a pseudonym as a published composer, songwriter and recording artist. His touring credits both as a session musician backing up other artists and with his own song writing projects include shows at Glastonbury Festival, SXSW (Texas, USA), Iceland Airwaves Festival (Reykjavik), The Royal Albert Hall, Transmusicales (France), Green Man Festival, T In The Park and more.
He’s also played the drums on library music albums for TV programming including on Sky Sports, BBC, Channel 4 and various overseas television networks. Ed has taught the drum kit for a number of years, most notably at the Blackheath Conservatoire in London and in the past year has relocated to Brighton and is very pleased to be part of the East Sussex Music Team!