Styles: All Styles
Experience: Over 30 years playing experience
Throughout his school years, John Paul (JP) drummed with various school bands and
more formally with the school brass band in which he represented his
school’s district and won many awards.
When called up for military service JP was selected for the Entertainment
unit and after his service he joined the Cape Town Highlanders where his
drumming skills expanded to pipe band drumming in the form of bass,
tenor and side drumming. He also tutored junior drummers and has since
played in New Zealand with Hamilton Caledonian and Auckland and
District Pipe Bands.
JP furthered his rock and pop music experiences with the Jamrock School
of Music in Cape Town where attained his Trinity Grade 8 Rockschool
Certification in Drums with Distinction.
Upon arrival in New Zealand in 2008, JP became a sought after drummer
at the Hamilton Blues Club and was soon asked to drum with the
Hamilton Big Band which further expanded his skills to jazz and swing
Having relocated to Auckland, JP has formed his own entertainment
business and is currently playing in a ZZ Top tribute band, called NZ
Top, in which he drums and sings. He has recently been teaching at the
Music Education Centre, where he specialises in teaching the Rockschool
Drum Program which is internationally recognized. His most senior
student recently passed Grade 8 with Distinction.
JP believes that discipline, practice and proper technique form a vital
foundation to a successful and enjoyable drumming career, as well as
having fun. He is eager to pass on his learning and experience to future
drummers and continue to learn himself in the process.
As the Music Education Centre has different teachers over a range of locations, please contact our office on 0800 89 39 39 to find out where JP is currently teaching, or which of our other great teachers may be available at your preferred location.