that Luke has played in include:
All Night Strut - Annie - Anything Goes - Best of Times -
Bugsy Malone - Brigadoon - Cabaret - Calamity Jane - Camelot - Carousel
- A Chorus Line - Company - Dracula Spectacular - Fame - Fiddler
on the Roof - A Funny thing Happened on the way to the Forum - Gi
Gi - Godspell - Grease - Guys & Dolls - Gypsy Baron - Jesus
Christ, Superstar - Joseph - The King and I - Les Miserables - Mamma
Mia - Match Girls - My Fair Lady - No No Nannette - Oklahoma - Oliver
- Underneath the Arches - The Slipper and the Rose - Showtime @
The Venue - State Fair - Sweet Charity - West Side Story - Wiz -
The Wizard of Oz.
Pantomimes - Aladdin,
Jack & the Beanstalk, Snow White, Cinderella.
West End - 'Showtime @ The Venue', Leicester Square.
............. - Mamma Mia (Prince of
playing the drums at the age of 13, when he gave up the trombone.
A pair of sticks were thrown into his hands and he was told 'If
you're not going to play the trombone there's a space for a drummer
in the school orchestra!'. From then on Luke began to have regular
drum lessons at Beal High School and then progressed to have lessons
Music School with his now friend and colleague, Malcolm
Ball. Since then, Luke has played with many different groups
and in many different places from local pubs to the Royal Albert
From 1997 - 2002 Luke played
for Jazz Bands, Big Bands, Wind
Bands, Orchestras and Rock/Pop Bands. In 2002 Luke was a regular
player with NYJO II (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) where he was
coached by the likes of Paul Eshelby and Bill Ashton and gained
invaluable experience at improvisation and latin jazz.
In February/March of 2002,
Luke enjoyed composing a fanfare for the Queen's Golden Jubilee,
which was played at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th March 2002. (Luke
conducted the Orchestra).
In September 2002, Luke left
school to pursue a career as a professional drummer and soon acquired
his first professional contract onboard the MS Saga Rose, touring
the Mediterranean with a 6 piece show-band under the musical direction
of Simon Fricker.
Shortly after his return,
Luke secured a job on land as a percussion teacher for Redbridge
Music Service which he held until July 2006.
From 2002 to the present day Luke has been studying with one of
the UK's most respected session drummers, Allan
Cox. Working with material written by Jim Blackley has enabled
Luke to completely transform the way he plays and the way he approaches
playing. "Jim Blackley's material was an entirely new concept
to me but with Allan's unrivalled tutoring, it's opened up a whole
new avenue for me to explore in my playing".
has a keen interest in conducting and was fortunate enough to maintain
his interest professionally, working with the Eastbury
Players as Musical Director from 2003 - 2006. Shows included
a wide variety of musical styles with music from George Gershwin
to Danny Elfman.
In the Summer of 2006 the
merge of Trinity Guildhall saw the implementation of a brand new
syllabus for graded Drum Kit exams. Drummers from the UK and USA
have composed various pieces for inclusion in this long overdue
publication. Along with other drummers including Dave Weckl, Dave
Webster, Paul Francis, Malcolm Ball and Andy Gleadhill, Luke has
written a piece for this exciting new release which is featured
in the grade 6 book.
In December 2006 Luke was
invited to audition for Indie/Rock band, Interloper.
After a week of nervous waiting he got the call to confirm that
the 'gig' was his! Since the start of 2007, the band have been recording
and filming new tracks for their debut album.
Luke is pleased to have
worked and performed with many reputable artists including:
Freestone (BBC Concert Orchestra)
Beston (Too many too mention!)
Timpanist, Mike Baker (Principal Timpanist at the RPO)
Violinist, Keith Gurry (BBC Symphony Orchestra)
Pianist, Laurie Perkins, (Independent)
Trumpeter, David Notley (Sub-principal Black Dyke Band)
Pass in "Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music"
Jazz Ensemble Exam. 1998
(Honours) Pass in "Guildhall"
Drum kit Exam. 2000
Service to Music Award 2001 - London Borough of Redbridge. Presented
by Redbridge Music Service
of the year Award 2001- Beal High School
A list of thank you's....
My parents for their support in my younger years!
Martyn Tubb for handing me those drum sticks when
I was 13!
Ball for teaching me for 4 years and getting me started
in the world of the working drummer.
Cox for his continued support and tuition.
Martin 'Frosty' Beedle for his kind help with Mamma
Drums Inc. for supplying me with all my drums,
hardware and cymbals. (3 Suttons Lane, Hornchurch. 01708 478 450)
Mike from Drum
Hire for his kind help and support with all things