After drumming since the age of 4, Angus Roberts-Carey, 16, has landed himself a roll in the Birmingham Schools’ Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble is made up of around eighteen musicians, aging between fifteen and nineteen. After already being in the Birmingham Schools’ Concert Orchestra, he saw his next progression step to be auditioning for the BSJE. “The audition was nerve-wracking,” Angus says, “as I didn’t have a good quality CD to play with a backing track. So, I ended up playing along to a backing track that has an odd time signature and that was skipping. It was not the best of auditions, I have to say. I was surprised when I got in, as the audition went so badly.” The BSJE obviously saw the potential in Mr Roberts-Carey and wanted to see what he could achieve and bring to the ensemble.
When asked if he had any advice to give for budding drummers, he said “Try and give yourself a wide array of styles to learn and play. Being in the orchestras as well as playing funk and jazz in my school swing band has given me loads of ideas for my drumming and many techniques to use.”
Interview by Maddy Chaney
Next show is 24th & 25th September 2011
This year's show will be dedicated to the memory of the great Joe Morello who passed away in March of this year.
Clinics include the Young Drummer of the Year winner, Stephan Asamoar-Duah and RITMATIC ensemble.
The 2011 National Drum Fair will take place on the last weekend in September at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre, Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 6ER.
Open to the public both days from 10am until 5pm. Admission £5. Pay on the door
Visit http://www.ukdrumfair.com/ for more details.
Karl and Ralph will share their inside view of what it takes to be a successful working drummer in today's music industry. As well as sharing their invaluable knowledge, the Artisan clinic tour aims to highlight the superior versatility, craftsmanship and quality of the amazing SABIAN Artisan range of cymbals. The Artisan Clinic Tour will take place in September in partnership with the following SABIAN stockists, and should not be missed:
• 7th Sept. – PMT House of Drums, Birmingham Tel: 0121 333 3220