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Meet Our Drum Teachers


Our teachers are some of the most in demand drummers in New Zealand.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience across a broad range of genres, we'll match you with the teacher that best suits your needs.

 
 
Ryan Carroll  Director / Drum Tutor

Ryan Carroll
Director / Drum Tutor

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Ryan Carroll

How long have you been playing drums, and what style do you play?
I've been playing drums for 18 years. I would say my favourite styles to play are Pop and Rock.

How did you get into drumming?
I started with drums very much by chance. I was encouraged to learn an instrument after I stopped figure skating lessons because I was spending too much time watching TV. Drums seemed like to best/coolest instrument and so I went with it!

What’s your favourite kind of song to drum?
I love playing so many different types of songs. Typically songs that have an interesting or unique sounding groove are fun to play.

What’s your favourite snack food?
I love burgers

Who’s your favourite drummer?
Since I was 15 and found out about a band called A Perfect Circle, Josh Freese has been a significant force in what inspires me in drumming.

What bands and/or countries have you played in?
I've played in Ekko Park, Frozen Alice, Black River Drive and Mamaku Project to name a few. I have played in the US, Australia and NZ.

What’s your favourite kind of student to teach?
I have a lot of time for any student that loves the process of learning and is committed to seeing results no matter what level.

Why do you like drumming?
Rhythm is such a fundamental part of music and the way it sounds and feels. There is something so special about hearing the rhythms that make up my favourite music being played by my own hands and feet.

Why do you like teaching? Do you have a favourite moment from teaching that you would be willing to share?I like to imagine that when I'm teaching I can inspire the same level of excitement about drumming that I have been lucky enough to have felt when I was learning. It's always really special to see a student's face light up when they play a beat or a song that they never thought they could play.


Jared Desvaux de Marigny  Director / Drum Tutor BMus - Jazz Performance (UoA)

Jared Desvaux de Marigny
Director / Drum Tutor
BMus - Jazz Performance (UoA)

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Jared Desvaux de Marigny

How long have you been playing drums, and what style do you play?
I've been drumming for 16 years. I play a little bit of everything, but I mostly enjoy playing Hip-Hop, Latin, Reggae and Jazz.

How did you get into drumming?
I grew up in a pretty musical family and I originally started on piano and guitar. I remember my mum wanted me to sign up for drum lessons and I had a big fight with her because I only wanted to play guitar. She told me to just try one lesson and if I hated it I never had to go again... I've been drumming ever since!

What’s your favourite kind of song to drum?
Anything with a great groove and a lot of bass.

What’s your favourite snack food?
Those little mochi ice creams.

Who’s your favourite drummer?
It's a close tie between Mark Guiliana and Richard Spaven.

What bands and/or countries have you played in?
I've toured and recorded all over - multiple tours in Japan and Australia, and all over New Zealand regularly. The main bands I'm playing in at the moment are Miho Wada's Jazz Orchestra and Miloux.

What’s your favourite kind of student to teach?
Somebody with a great sense of humour and who's passionate about drumming.

Why do you like drumming?
I like the physicality of it. Whatever you give the drums is what you get back from them.

Why do you like teaching? Do you have a favourite moment from teaching that you would be willing to share?
Being able to pass on knowledge about something that has consumed the majority of my life is really incredible. Watching students progress lesson after lesson and then one day coming in and showing you videos of them performing is such a cool feeling.


Tom Leggett  Drum Tutor BMus - Jazz Performance (UoA)

Tom Leggett
Drum Tutor
BMus - Jazz Performance (UoA)

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Tom Leggett

How long have you been playing drums, and what style do you play?
I’ve been playing for 14 years now. I mostly play Rock music in my bands, but I often play Soul, Funk and Jazz too.

How did you get into drumming?  
My mum is a music teacher and pushed me to learn an instrument from a young age. I actually chose the saxophone but my hands were too small! They put me on drums instead - and I’m glad they did because I had a great teacher and got hooked immediately.

What’s your favourite kind of song to drum?
I love anything that challenges me whether it’s fast and loud, slow and quiet, simple or complicated.  

What’s your favourite snack food?  
Are dumplings snack food? If so, those.  

Who’s your favourite drummer?  
Of all time? Ringo Starr.

What bands and/or countries have you played in?
My bands are Wax Chattels and Miss June. And with Wax Chattels I've toured England, North America, Japan, China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.

What’s your favourite kind of student to teach?
I like a student that wants to be challenged -and who isn’t afraid to make mistakes!  

Why do you like drumming?
Drumming makes me feel good. You can play drums when you’re happy, sad or angry and it will always improve your mood!

Why do you like teaching? Do you have a favourite moment from teaching that you would be willing to share?
I like to teach because it’s inspiring to see somebody progress at something they are passionate about. One of my favourite moments was teaching drums in China for six months last year. I found it to be a great challenge!

 

 
Ezra Donnelly  Drum Tutor Dip. - Sound Engineering (SAE)

Ezra Donnelly
Drum Tutor
Dip. - Sound Engineering (SAE)

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Ezra Donnelly

How long have you been playing drums, and what style do you play?
15 years. I prefer Hip Hop, RnB and Pop.

How did you get into drumming?
I used to play on pots and pan as a kid. Eventually my parents took the hint and got me into lessons.

What’s your favourite kind of song to drum?
Honestly, I like anything with an interesting groove.

What’s your favourite snack food?
Big fan of Almonds and Skittles

Who’s your favourite drummer?
Questlove for sure. I love the way he grooves! He never over plays and it's always perfect for the song.

What bands and/or countries have you played in?
I've played all over New Zealand, currently in a band called Keith.

What’s your favourite kind of student to teach?
Anyone with a good attitude. Everyone progresses at their own pace. It doesn’t matter if it takes 10 minutes or 10 weeks to get something, as long as you’re willing to keep trying.

Why do you like drumming?
I like that you’re never finished. There's always something to work on.

Why do you like teaching? Do you have a favourite moment from teaching that you would be willing to share?
Helping people progress is something I really enjoy. I love seeing them put in the work and get results from it.


 
Jess Hix  Drum Tutor BMus - Classical Performance (UC)

Jess Hix
Drum Tutor
BMus - Classical Performance (UC)

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Jess Hix

How long have you been playing drums, and what style do you play?
Nearly 17 years now! I like to play all sorts of styles from funk, jazz, rock and pop to classical!

How did you get into drumming?
When I was 12 I saw an ad on TV with a guy who was busking on the street playing drums. He was having so much fun, so I decided I wanted to do that.

What’s your favourite kind of song to drum?
I like lots of songs funk or soul related… anything with a solid groove!

What’s your favourite snack food?
Pizza, if you can count that as a snack.

Who’s your favourite drummer?
I can’t narrow it down to one! John Bonham, Steve Jordan, Nate Smith, Questlove and Zigaboo Modeliste.

What bands and/or countries have you played in?
I've played in heaps of bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles over the years, which has taken me all over the world.. China, Japan, France, Turkey, Belgium and Australia!

What’s your favourite kind of student to teach?
I like teaching people who are keen to learn and anyone who's passionate about music.

Why do you like drumming?
I think it’s a super fun creative outlet! I like that you can play in groups with other creative like minded people and create something that makes you just as happy as it makes your audience.

Why do you like teaching? Do you have a favourite moment from teaching that you would be willing to share?
I like being able to share my knowledge with other people in the hope that it’ll benefit them in some way. I love it when my students are aiming for a goal and they achieve it by putting the hard work in. When I can see they’re enjoying what they are doing, that’s a highlight for me.


 
Chris Townsend  Drum Tutor BMus - Jazz Performance (UoA)

Chris Townsend
Drum Tutor
BMus - Jazz Performance (UoA)

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Chris Townsend

How long have you been playing drums, and what style do you play?About 12 years now, and I usually play hip hop and neo soul with a bit of rock and jazz sprinkled in.

How did you get into drumming?
My dad plays so he taught me from a young age and I really enjoyed it. He even gave me one of his old kits a few years later, so I practiced as much as I could.

What’s your favourite kind of song to drum?
I love anything with a laid back feel, mostly hip hop.

What’s your favourite snack food?
Definitely cashews.

Who’s your favourite drummer?
Jeff Porcaro

What bands and/or countries have you played in?
Round Buddah and Gary Mictian, plus I fill in for a bunch of others. I've played in New Zealand, Australia, London and Switzerland.

What’s your favourite kind of student to teach?
Someone who loves playing drums and applies themselves in lessons.

Why do you like drumming?
I like that you never feel like you’ve mastered it. There's hundreds of different genres and techniques to try out there!

Why do you like teaching? Do you have a favourite moment from teaching that you would be willing to share?
It's so inspiring to see the next generation taking an interest in music. Lately I've been teaching a student who's only just begun learning English. It’s been challenging and fun teaching him!