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Simon Brett

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London-based Drummer/Educator, on behalf of Buzz Music, Berkshire Maestros, Hounslow Music Service & Hillingdon Music Hub.
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As a performer, nothing pleases me more than connecting with an audience and making them feel part of the overall experience. As a teacher, I consider to be in possession of very strong communication skills, delivered with a relaxed manner and attitude. As a self-motivated, reliable and energetic individual, I am seeking to learn additional skills and abilities in all musical environments and situations. I thoroughly enjoy working with musicians, pupils, parents and staff and consider customer satisfaction to be the pinnacle of a successful employment. Career Highlights - London 2012 Olympic Games opening/closing ceremony at Olympic Stadium (Drum performer and Marshall co-ordinator for both events) UEFA Champions League Final 2013, opening ceremony at Wembley Stadium (Team Leader) Kensington Temple music department, Notting Hill (2002-2014), performing at HMV Apollo, Hammersmith Piano Works venue, Farringdon (2015-present) The Parrot Bar, The Strand (2019-present) Lord Mayors Show 2002 (Industrial percussion performer and team facilitator on a moving trailer) Tours – UK, Sicily, Bulgaria, Ibiza & China ‘Discovered’ function band – Blenheim Palace, Oxford – University Press, Oxford – Eynsham Hall, Oxford – Ashmolean Museum, Oxford – HMS Warrior, Portsmouth – Old Thorns, Liphook – Hampton Court, Surrey – Horse Guard and Calvary Club, London – RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire amongst many others (2006-present) ‘Buffalo Tale’ function band – BMA House, Euston – Kings Place, Kings Cross – Battersea Barge, Battersea amongst many others (2015-present) JT Perez Gautreau at The Lucky Pig, Piano Works, Underbelly, Acklam Village amongst many others. ‘KT10’ function band – Tyrrells Wood golf club, Leatherhead. “The Covered’ function band – The Stoop rugby club, Twickenham. ‘Airdrum’ corporate drumming experiences – Millenium Stadium, Cardiff – KP Stadium, Leicester – Ricoh Arena, Coventry – Loftus Road Stadium, London – St James’ Park, Newcastle – Syon House, Isleworth – Royal Festival Hall, London – The Stoop Stadium, Twickenham – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon – Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – Celtic Manor, Newport – The Dorchester, London – The Grove, Watford – Grand Connaught Rooms, London – Renaissance Hotel, Heathrow amongst many others (2001-present) Clients include RBS, KPMG, Microsoft, EDF energy, Michelin tyres, Sainsburys supermarkets, Burberry London, Balfour Beatty, Rolls Royce, Daily Mail Group, Bright Horizons, Wickes, Bentley, Canon amongst many others ‘Beatswork’/Catalyst Events corporate drumming experiences – Manchester Central, Manchester – Grand Hotel, Brighton – Park Plaza Westminster, London – Truman Brewery, London amongst many others (2009-2012) The Haywood Sisters at The Bull’s Head, Barnes – Regent Street Festival The Black Dove Experiment at The Lexington, Kings Cross Favourite Ache at The Boardwalk, The Barfly, The Garage amongst many others Company: Hillingdon Music Hub Dates of employment: March 2020 – Present Position held: Drum teacher Responsibilities: Peripatetic teacher, working in at Oak Farm School, teaching a mixture of year 3 and 4 pupils, incorporating self-evaluation and professional development. Company: Chango Lingo Dates of employment: July 2015 – Present Position held: Percussion facilitator Responsibilities: Interactive position with both pupils and respective language school leaders, teaching a range of ages across both genders, from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, transcending numerous languages. Company: Hounslow Music Service Dates of employment: May 2015 – Present Position held: Drum/Percussion teacher Responsibilities: Peripatetic teacher, working in a local primary school, pupil, parent and teacher liaisons, including self-administration and personal development, teaching a range of ability levels, from beginner to advanced, through varieties of different ages, from reception age to year 6. Company: Buzz Drums and Percussion Dates of employment: June 2010 – Present Position held: Drum/Percussion teacher Responsibilities: Peripatetic teacher, working in various different schools and teaching centres, pupil, parent and teacher liaison, including self-administration and personal development, teaching a range of ability levels, from beginner to advanced, through varieties of different ages, from reception age to year 6. Company: Berkshire Maestros Dates of employment: April 2008 – Present Position held: Drum/Percussion teacher Responsibilities: Peripatetic teacher, working in various different schools and teaching centres, pupil, parent and teacher liaison, including self-administration and personal development, teaching a range of ability levels, from beginner to advanced, through varieties of different ages, from year 2 to sixth form. Gretsch Catalina Club Mod shells Remo heads Vic Firth/Vater sticks Sabian cymbals Pearl hardware Protection Racket/Stagg cases Roland SPD-SX electronics

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
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Musicianship
Genres:
Covers, Pop, Top 40, Funk rock, Tribute, Rock, Indie, Pop rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Christmas, Film / TV music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Community music worker, Drum technician
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Song list

Bad moon rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)
Born to be wild (Steppenwolf)
Brown eyed girl (Van Morrison)
Brown sugar (The Rolling Stones)
Can’t take my eyes off you (Andy Williams)
Crossroads (Cream)
Do you love me? (The Contours)
Hard to handle (Otis Redding/The Black Crowes)
Heard it through the grapevine (Marvin Gaye)
Higher & higher (Jackie Wilson)
Hit the road Jack (Ray Charles)
I’m a believer (The Monkees)
I feel good (James Brown)
I just want to make love to you (Etta James/Muddy Waters)
It’s not unusual (Tom Jones)
La bamba (Ritchie Valens/Los Lobos)
Johnny B.Goode (Chuck Berry)
Jumping Jack flash (The Rolling Stones)
Midnight hour (Wilson Pickett)
Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett)
My girl (The Temptations)
Paint it black (The Rolling Stones)
Respect (Aretha Franklin)
Rock around the clock (Billy Haley and His Comets)
Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
Shout! (Lulu)
Signed, sealed, delivered (Stevie Wonder)
Son of a preacher man (Dusty Springfield)
Sweet home Chicago (The Blues Brothers)
Tutti Frutti (Little Richard)
Twist & shout (The Beatles)
Wild thing (The Troggs)
You can’t hurry love (The Supremes)
You really got me (The Kinks)
Black night (Deep Purple)
All right now (Free)
Blame it on the boogie (Jackson 5)
Can’t stand losing you (The Police)
Car wash (Rolls Royce)
Come up and see me (Steve Harley & The Cockney Rebel)
Crazy little thing called love (Queen)
December ’63 (Oh What a Night) (Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons)
Disco inferno (The Trammps)
Don’t stop me now (Queen)
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
Ever Fallen in Love (The Buzzcocks)
Good times (Chic)
Highway to hell (AC/DC)
I wish (Stevie Wonder)
Long Train Running (The Doobie Brothers)
Mamma Mia (Abba)
Message in a bottle (The Police)
Money (Pink Floyd)
Mr.Big stuff (Jean Knight)
Nutbush City limits (Ike & Tina Turner)
One way or another (Blondie)
Play that funky music (Wild Cherry)
Proud Mary (Ike & Tina Turner/Creedance Clearwater Revival)
Rock and roll (Led Zeppelin)
Rock and roll all night (Kiss)
Rocking all over the world (Status Quo)
Shake your body down (Jackson 5)
Should I stay or should I go? (The Clash)
Stuck in the middle with you (Stealers Wheel)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Sweet home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynrd)
Take it Easy (Eagles)
Teenage kicks (The Undertones)
The time warp (Rocky Horror Show)
Town called malice (The Jam)
Use me (Bill Withers)
We are family (Sister Sledge)
20th Century Boy (T-Rex)
9-5 (Dolly Parton)
A little respect (Erasure/Wheatus)
All Night Long (Lionel Richie)
Ain’t nobody (Chaka Khan)
Anyway you want it (Journey)
Beat it (Michael Jackson)
Could you be loved? (Bob Marley)
Dirty Diana (Michael Jackson)
Don’t stop believing (Journey)
Dude looks like a lady (Aerosmith)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauder)
Gold (Spandau Ballet)
Heaven is a Place on Earth (Belinda Carlisle)
I got my mind set on you (George Harrison)
I love rock & roll (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)
Islands in the stream (Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers)
I wanna dance with somebody (Whitney Houston)
I Want to Break Free (Queen)
Like a Virgin (Madonna)
Living on a prayer (Bon Jovi)
Love shack (The B-52s)
Pride and joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams)
Sweet child o’ mine (Guns ‘n’ Roses)
Video killed the radio star (Buggles)
Walking on sunshine (Katrina and The Waves)
You give love a bad name (Bon Jovi)
You shook me all night long (AC/DC)
All the small things (Blink 182)
Are you gonna go my way? (Lenny Kravitz)
Believe (Cher)
Cigarettes and alcohol (Oasis)
Come as you Are (Nirvana)
Common People (Pulp)
Don’t look back in anger (Oasis)
Enter sandman (Metallica)
Everlong (Foo Fighters)
Free (Ultra Nate)
I like to move it (Reel 2 Real)
Ironic (Alanis Morrisette)
Mr Vain (Culture Beat)
Parklife (Blur)
Red alert (Basement Jaxx)
Ready to go (Republica)
Rhythm is a dancer (Snap!)
She’s electric (Oasis)
Song 2 (Blur)
What is love? (Haddaway)
What’s Up? (4 Non Blondes)
Wonderwall (Oasis)
You oughta know (Alanis Morrisette)
You’ve got the love (Candi Staton)
Zombie (The Cranberries)
American idiot (Green Day)
Buck Rogers (Feeder)
Chelsea dagger (The Fratellis)
Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
Dakota (Stereophonics)
Hey soul sister (Train)
I bet you look good on the dancefloor (Arctic Monkeys)
I predict a riot (Kaiser Chiefs)
Molly’s Chambers (Kings Of Leon)
Mr.Brightside (The Killers)
No one knows (Queens of the Stone Age)
Plug in baby (Muse)
Seven nation army (The White Stripes)
Sex on fire (Kings of Leon)
Standing in the way of control (Gossip)
Starlight (Muse)
Steal your heart away (Joe Bonamassa/Bobby Parker)
Teenage dirtbag (Wheatus)
Times like these (Foo Fighters)
Use somebody (Kings of Leon)
Valerie (Zutons/Amy Winehouse)
Yellow (Coldplay)
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I consider myself flexible and helpful enough to accommodate any reasonable changes in event timings. In my experience, even the best laid plans can sometimes go awry!

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes - this is part of the package I pride myself in being able to offer.

How much time do you need to set up?

I require 25 mins to load in and set up my drum rig.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I pride myself on customer satisfaction, so please knock yourself out!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I am a fully self-sufficient musician so all equipment is provided to a high-end spec.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Always happy to learn a special piece for your event.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Energy, professionalism and overall sound.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

London Olympic Stadium, Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Stadium and HMV Apollo Hammersmith, to name but a few.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Oasis, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, The Stone Roses, The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Blur, REM, Arcade Fire, John Barry, Lana Del Ray, AC/DC, The White Stripes, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Blondie, Bon Jovi, Incubus, The Isley Brothers, Richard Ashcroft, The Verve, Kings of Leon.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£25
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£225
Packages
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£140
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£160
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£225

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Steve B, 1 year ago

Simon was great. He spent real time making sure he learnt our setlist and even our arrangements. He turned up early to help set up and settled in like any other member of the band for the gig. His drumming was excellent, adding real energy to our tunes. Many thanks!

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Jo B, 2 years ago

Thank you again for an amazing night, everyone was blown away by you and the band. Perfect, right mix, right energy and Bonfire Heart [First Dance Request] was amazing.

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Sarah H, 3 years ago

Discovered headlined our garden festival HogFest July 2017 and they were fantastic. Their song list ensured that everyone was up on their feet from the off. It was an amazing night and we have already rebooked them for Hogfest 4 in 2018.