Stephen Drinkwater

Music Leader


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 in the solo category.

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 though both performing and teaching. He currently plays in a long established premier UK pop band ‘Func on the Rocks’ playing at functions across the country. This has led 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 also part of an original project who release “electro swing” music under the name of Little Violet.

During the week Steve enjoys teaching for Calderdale Music where he teaches individual drum lessons/ samba groups/ rock school Bands/ trumpet and ukulele and also directs the Jazz Orchestra. Steve also teaches for Bradford Music and Arts service and has taught for Yorkshire Music Education Service (YMES) for many years in the past.

The Old Courthouse,
West Yorkshire,

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