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What I can offer
- Drum tuition and performing (since 1970)
- Poetry, script writing (since 2000)
- Dance hosting (since 2014), Ballroom and Latin dancing (since 1960)
BRIAN STONE L.T.C.L. Q.T.S. PERCUSSION TEACHER A POTTED HISTORY
I began playing the drums at the age of 13 and had lessons from Trevor Tomkins a jazz drummer with Don Rendell and Gilbert Webster, principal percussionist with the B.B.C. I then went on to play freelance in London West End night clubs, jazz venues and functions. I then worked with two bands on board ocean liners with P&O, Shaw Saville and Union Castle cruise lines.
I travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji and many places along the way. Between my travels I also played at various holiday centres backing cabaret acts.
In 1972 I married, moved to Stoke on Trent where I worked for four years in a resident dance band which then moved to Tiffany's night club in Shrewsbury. After two years there I went to Trinity College of Music in London and studied orchestral percussion with Michael Skinner (principal percussionist - Covent Garden Opera House), Andrew Smith (Philharmonic) and Michael Baker (RPO). During my studies I met Yehudi Menuhin and Andre Previn.
I then moved into teaching full time and was approached by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London to formulate Britain's first drum kit and percussion exam syllabus. This successful venture continues today and I have also been on the team that formulated the LCM percussion syllabus. I have been an examiner for the Guildhall for 17 years and for the LCM for 9 years. Many of my compositions are still being used after twenty years. In 1988 I began seven years with the Shropshire Music Service during which time I instigated the Shropshire Schools Percussion Ensemble and gained Qualified Teacher Status.
I have performed at many local venues including the Lyceum Theatre, Crewe and many professional shows at Theatre Clwyd (often 80 show runs). I now play in various bands, groups and orchestras and conduct nine percussion ensembles with an age range from 7 to 60. My percussion group "Percussion Unlimited" tour Australia every three years and Adrian Spillett, a former member and pupil of mine was the first percussionist to win the competition BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1997.