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London 2012 Olympic Drummers Masterclass at The London Drum Show 2012

I have had the pleasure of being one of only 20 drummers from the Olympic opening ceremony to be asked to perform in a masterclass in the Mike Dolbear suite at this years London Drum Show.

Along with Mike and Jonny (one of the drum captains from the ceremony) we will be demonstrating how it was possible to teach, orchestrate and co-ordinate 1000 drummers and non drummers in only a few months to perform along with the track “And I Will Kiss’ by Underworld to the level witnessed in the Pandemonium section of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic games.

I feel extremely privileged to have been asked as we were personally chosen by Mike & Jonny from the 1000 drummers who took part in the performance.

It will be my first taste of a masterclass and although I am really looking forward to it I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous playing at a drum show before other drummers, even if it is only a simple pattern on a rubbish bin!

I’m also looking forward to seeing some friends again old and new.

The opening ceremony drummers workshop

12:15pm - 12:55pm

On July 27 at 21.00, the world was treated to what has been said was the best Olympic opening ceremony ever! In front of 4 billion people, 1000 drummers made up of mainly volunteers rocked the Olympic stadium in the ‘Industrial Revolution’ section of the show.

This masterclass gives you the opportunity to see and find out how it was done and what they played. Featuring the drum coordinator for the event Mike Dolbear, a couple of the drum captains and some of the volunteers, you will hear how and what they where taught with demonstrations, behind the scenes stories from those involved and how the drums/bins came about, with videos, live performances and your opportunity to ask questions.

This is an exclusive one-off masterclass only to be seen at The London Drum Show.

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