Roll of Honour

People play drums for a whole host of reasons, But if you are ambitious and have the desire to take your playing to a higher level, it’s advantageous to be around like minded people who know how to get you where you want to be. Over the decades Geoff has had the pleasure to teach many people who have become professional drummers, performers and teachers. Below  is a ‘brief’ list of some former students and the achievements they have made. So far only the Grade 8 achievers have been catalogued over the following 9 pages, but if you’ve had lessons with Geoff in the past and would like to be included, please get in touch and let us know what you’re up to, and where your journey has led you.



Martyn Kaine Masterclass 2011 in the  North East
Martyn Kaine
Grade 8 Drums, Grade 8 Percussion (x2). Graduate of Leeds College of Music, Post Graduate of Guildhall, School of Music, London. International touring jazz drummer playing with Kyle Eastwood, Natalie Williams, Brotherley and has a residency at Ronnie Scott’s London.


Simon Lowdon
Grade 8 Drums (aged 13) Grade 8 Percussion (x2). Chethams College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, London. ARAM, LRAM, Gold Medal Winner of the Shell /London Symphony Orchestra Competition 1999. Principal Percussionist, Royal Scottish National Orchestra .


John Hirst
Grade 8 Drums (aged 11) Grade 8 Percussion (x2). Grade 8 Piano. Boosey & Hawkes Outstanding Musicianship Award. Graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston. USA. Winner of Steve Gadd Scholarship. Mapex Drummer of Tomorrow U.K. Winner 2007 and 2nd Place in European Final 2008. Studying For M.A. Music at Birmingham Conservatoire.


Michael Spearman
Grade 8 Drums, aged 13, Grade 6 Piano, Berklee College of Music, Boston, U.S.A. Leeds Music College. Drummer with Everything Everything. Nominations for Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Awards.



Will Haywood Smith and Thomas Lang
Will Haywood Smith
Grade 8 Drums, (aged 11) Grade 8 Percussion (x2) Winner of Boosey & Hawkes Outstanding Jazz Musician Award. Berklee College of Music. Winner of Vic Firth Scholarship, USA. Drummer with New York Indie band, ‘Paperdoll Band‘, Drum teacher at School of Rock, Manhattan, USA. Founder of ‘The Brit Pack USA‘.