Transforming And Enriching Lives Through Music

Steve Drinkwater

Steve began playing trumpet at the age of 9. He then developed a passion for playing drums and percussion when he started High School. He joined many county Ensembles in Worcestershire including the Jazz Orchestra and the Wind Band. Through these ensembles he toured in Poland and France and won national awards in the National Concert Band Festival (NCBF). He also won the BBC Worcestershire Young Musician of the Year” in 2005.

Steve then went on to study a Jazz Degree at Leeds College of Music where he gained valuable experiences in performing, composition, directing and Latin percussion. This also led him to perform with top jazz musicians such as trumpet players Gerard Presencer and Derek Watkins and Virtuoso Cuban Violinist Omar Puente.

Since graduating in 2008 Steve has made a career in both performing and teaching through his passion for both. He currently plays in a long established premier UK pop band ‘Func on the Rocks’ playing at Functions across the country. This has lead him to perform at events for VIP’s such as; Sir Chris Hoy, Levi Roots and Gary Mcallister to name a few. They were also asked to be the backing band for Brit award winner Nerina Pallot. Steve also played and toured with the Amy Winehouse tribute band ‘Back From Black’ across the UK and Ireland which played to packed audiences. Steve is always involved in original projects and is currently playing with an electro swing project called ‘Little Violet’.

During the week Steve enjoys teaching for the Calderdale Music Hub where he teaches individual drum lessons/ samba groups/ Rock School Bands and county ensembles of which he co directs the Jazz Orchestra. He also teaches in his adopted home town of Leeds for the ‘Yorkshire Music Education Service’.

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