Phil is one of the UK's very top drummers and was recently
honoured by Drummers Incorporated, the major national society,
who have made him their Vice-President. Born into a musical
family, he became a professional musician in 1967 and has
since covered all musical genres, from traditional styles
right through to the most modern dance rhythms.
of work playing with various big bands, Phil now runs his
own band along with his brother, Trevor, who is a very fine
trumpeter. He is also very much in demand to accompany shows
and cabaret evenings and has worked with Bob Monkhouse,
Lenny Henry and a host of TV stars. For some years, when
available, he has played in the resident band at the Grand
Hotel in Brighton.
Since the mid 90s he has formed a very close working relationship
with celebrity organist Michael Wooldridge. This has taken
them throughout England to play shows and concerts. They
generally receive a tremendous ovation and remarks along
the lines of, 'The best night we've been to in years'. They
also work together in jazz groups and to play the cross
section of music from old time through to pops that is needed
to make functions go with a swing.
Off stage, Phil is renowned as one of the very best drum
teachers in the world and is often featured in seminars
so that other drummers can have the opportunity to learn
from him. He has written ten tuition books, which are widely
used throughout England and in America, and has schooled
many pupils to become professionals in their own right:
one of his students made 20 albums during 1998. He is the
only person to have twice been asked to adjudicate at the
prestigious National Young Drummer of the Year Event, held
in Birmingham each year.
He has written for both 'Rhythm' and 'Drums UK' magazines.
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