Ben Smith BA (Hons), Dip ACM
Drums and Guitar
Ben studied drums at the Academy of Contemporary Music under Mike Sturgis and Pete Riley. Ben excelled and gained distinctions and won awards for both years in which he studied drums. He was selected to take part in a wide range of masterclasses with visiting artists and professors including Bill Cobham, Chad Smith, Thomas Lang, Carl Palmer, Andy Gangadeen, John Blackwell and Dave Weckl.
Since graduating from the Academy, Ben has gone on to gain valuable live, studio and teaching experience. For the past three years he has worked as a drum teacher in and around London. Work includes one-to-one private tuition, in which he takes students through grades 1-8 and currently holds a 100% pass rate.
As a working musician, Ben has performed at some of the top venues around the UK and Europe including Old trafford football ground and the O2 arena. He has appeared on Radio and TV as his 2006 Band, Carter Brown, released their debut single Say Hello through WCS records and Universal digital distribution
Charlie Campbell has been playing the drums since the age of 12, described by tutors at a young age to have a natural flair for the instrument. By the age of 16 he began his professional career performing with a function band touring Germany, Holland and the UK and has since recorded and performed with a number of bands and singer songwriters around the UK. Currently Charlie has recently graduated from the Drum Degree course at ACM and has built up a number of students teaching at Thornbury Music School and the ACM franchises located in Surrey.
Kamil started playing drums at the age of 15, and having discovered a natural ability for the instrument, he went on to study at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford where he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree, with First Class Honours.
Prior to finishing his degree, he started getting work from his drum tutors Toby Drummond and Pete Riley, which helped to accelerate his career early on. Since leaving the ACM, Kamil has gone on to perform regularly in theatre shows both in the West End (Green Days’ American Idiot), and internationally with various touring shows.
Along with his busy schedule as a freelance drummer, Kamil has always devoted time to teaching his students when he began 4 years ago, and lessons are conducted both privately and in various schools in the London/Surrey areas. Alongside his personal teaching, he has recently written an educational drum book for an upcoming release with Level 42’s drummer, Pete Ray Biggin.
Kamil is currently involved in a number of original bands and projects that sees him recording in some of Londons’ most popular studios, such as Abbey Road and The Church Studios.
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