John Hirst

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John Hirst is a UK-based drummer, percussionist, teacher and producer.

John Hirst is a UK-based drummer, percussionist, teacher and producer. He was born in Northumberland and isn't exactly sure when he began playing the drums, but can't remember a time when he didn't. He played in every rock group, jazz band, percussion ensemble and symphony orchestra that would have him, won a Boosey & Hawkes 'Outstanding Instrumentalist' award, performed on Classic FM, won the Headteacher's Award at his high school, did lots of practise, and eventually received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he won the Steve Gadd Scholarship Award and studied with, among many others, Joe Lovano, Mike Mangini and Jerry Bergonzi. After Berklee, he returned to the UK and earned a Masters Degree at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied with John Taylor, Clark Tracey and Dave Holland, performed with the Conservatoire Big Band and won the Tony Levin Drum Prize; he also gained an endorsement deal with Mapex drums and Paiste cymbals. He's played a wide variety of musical styles with artists such as folk-rock band Whapweasel, Nashville singer-songwriter Roman Williams, current Strictly Come Dancing singer Jamie Squire and celebrated jazz pianist Paul Edis. His current projects include Country-Soul singer Lauren Housley (and her side project, Chorlton Country Club) and Blue Pearl, a jazz quartet dedicated to the music of Bud Powell. His teaching resume is equally diverse - he gives private lessons on drums and percussion, and works for The Sound And Music organisation and the National Youth Jazz Collective as a drum instructor and ensemble tutor.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Dubstep, EDM, Electro-Swing, Electronica, Garage, House, IDM, Industrial, Jungle, Techno, Triphop, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceillidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Polynesian music, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Transcription, Producer, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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