I pride myself on being a reliable, musical drummer with good, well maintained equipment. I read and write music and love playing, studying and teaching many different musical genres. I’m constantly practising as I strive to further sharpen my skills. Away from the drums I also enjoy playing the bass guitar and piano, this has allowed me to write and record my own compositions and become a more well-rounded musician.
I’ve had the pleasure of performing and recording with many different bands and artistes all over the UK, in the USA and also in parts of Europe. Highlights include touring the east-coast of America, recording in Philadelphia and performing live on radio in Savannah, Georgia. I’ve recorded for a Jazzwise magazine (UK) CD cover feature in connection with a performance at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. I’ve also played at a range of other popular music festivals throughout the UK. In 2014 I travelled to St. Tropez with N.U.M.B. to perform and shoot a music video. Recorded with N.U.M.B. for the BBC as part of their “Introducing” feature. More recently I went out on a UK tour backing USA X-Factor singer: Caitlin Koch (from Nashville), stood in for the drummer with “Giles Robson Band” on few UK dates and travelled out to The Netherlands for some Kris Barras Band shows.
As a drum tutor I teach private lessons at my home studio and as a peripatetic teacher for The University of Exeter. I’ve also taught the BTEC drum course at The Academy of Music & Sound, which led on to a performance at Britain’s Music Live show in Birmingham’s NEC.
I got started on drums at the age of three when my grandparents gave me a “junior” drumset for Christmas. The drums didn’t last long and I didn’t get a “proper” kit until some years later, but at that young age I had certainly developed an early passion for drumming. My dad, Ray Beavis, is a great saxophonist so there was always good music playing around the home to inspire me as I grew up. I had some sax lessons with my dad, which I enjoyed, but I always felt that I wanted to play the drums. So age ten I began having formal drum lessons with local teachers in Exeter and soon after got my first full-size drumset.
At fourteen I started to gain live playing experience by attending jam nights, and by sixteen I had joined a ten piece soul band and was out gigging all over the south-west. Also around this time I began travelling to London once a month for “master classes” with one of Britain’s finest drum tutors Bob Armstrong. In the six years that I studied with Bob I learnt many useful techniques, styles and concepts. One of the biggest benefits of the lessons was learning the Moeller and Gladstone techniques. Bob helped my sound and time feel improve, while my playing became more ergonomic and flowing.