Drummer beats out inspiring time at Weston College

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By YouPR | Thursday, May 23, 2013, 17:37

One of the country's top rock drummers visited Weston College on Wednesday (May 22), wowing a student audience with his skills.

Ian Matthews, of the band Kasabian, took time out to visit the College's Music department at the University Campus, where he gave a master class demonstrating his technique. He also took part in a live internet broadcast which shed further light on his skills.

Among the audience were Weston College music students and young drummers from Hans Price Academy, Churchill Academy and Priory School.

The session was recorded and will be available for students and aspiring drummers to access at www.musiccollege.tv

Ian, who grew up in Bristol and played with many local bands before hitting the big time with Kasabian, said: "It's great to be here and I hope the students have enjoyed it and learned something from it.

"I don't really do workshops, but I was invited down to the College and I was pleased to come. The band is only doing one festival this summer so it's nice to be able to take some time out."

Richie Blake, the Music department's bass guitar tutor, is a friend of Ian's and made the initial invite.

He said: "All the students have got an enormous amount out of the master class, not least in terms of technique and what it takes to be a professional drummer.

"It's been a pleasure to have Ian along. Kasabian are one of the biggest bands in the world and so it was very good of him to give up his time to visit us."

Paul Raymond, Curriculum Manager (Music) added: "We had a great day. The students were really inspired by Ian and that's what we all need, a little inspiration in our lives. Ian is such a great player and he was very generous with his time. The master class was truly first class and it's now online for everyone to see."

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