Mark Bates



My name is Mark, and I am a Nottingham based professional drummer and educator. My interest in drumming started in 1995 after going round to a friends house who had a drum kit. I instantly became fascinated with it. The skill and dexterity required to play had me in awe. I started having lessons with a local teacher in school, and then I went and studied music in college. I have had the opportunity to study with some incredible drummers such as Jim Chapin, Mike Mangini, Thomas Lang, Massimo Russo, Paul Hose, Jay Postones, Claus Hessler and Craig Blundell. I perform live regularly in the Midlands area, as well as having performed in Germany. I have played several festivals including the YNOT festival in Derbyshire, and I have some great festivals coming up in 2019 including Cornbury Festival, Warwick Folk Festival, Cropredy and Swanbourne. I am DipRSL (RSL Awards), and ATCL (Associate Trinity College London) certified. I have achieved my Grade 8 through Trinity College. I still continue to study with Paul Hose at the world renowned MLC academy. I teach at MLC academy and at Confetti Institute Of Creative Technologies, as well as Schools and a small amount of private lessons. Lessons with myself are fun, relaxed, and tailored to the student, from the complete beginner to the more advanced players. I can offer drum exams through Trinity Music college and Rockschool. I am experienced in studio work, and I am available for session work. This includes studio or live sessions. Current work includes: JR Harbidge Christopher Moody & The Underground Kings I Am Jupiter Venn Godwin I am Enhanced DBS checked (Formerly CRB check), Child Protection and PLI certified.


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