Drum lessons cost from $41/half hour or $80/hour for weekly lessons, paid in advance. Lessons are in the afternoon and evening on Monday – Thursday. We have two drum teachers on our faculty, Jamie Cameron and Dr Dave Goodman. Exams are available for drum students through the JWA Jazz Assessment Syllabus.
Jamie Cameron, B.Mus (Jazz)
Jamie grew up in Sydney studying with Martin Highland and Andrew Gander, followed by Gordon Rytmeister and Andrew Dickeson at the Sydney Conservatorium, and later Chad Wackerman and Simon Barker. He also travelled to South Korea in 2007 to study traditional percussion, in part with master percussionist and educator, Kim Dong-Won.
Over the years he has performed with Sean Wayland, James Muller, Steve McKenna, Daryl Pratt, Elana Stone, James Valentine, Sally Street, Sophie Serafino, Adam Ponting, The Reaston/Kay Effect, The Sousaphonics, and many others.
More recently Jamie has recorded albums with jazz bands Amphibious, Song Fwaa, and the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, and with Lily Dior, Joe West, Joe Kelly and Luke Escombe. He also plays with 20th Century Dog, The Felas, Cumbiamuffin, The Abstract Brotherhood, The Hi-Tops, Andy Fiddes’ Livewire, Salvation Street Shout, Jimmy Vargas, and ironic disco band The Brutal Poodles. With the Mothership he has performed with Jim McNeely, Alex Sipiagin, Bob Sheppard, and Chris Potter.
Jamie is an accomplished teacher and has a good track record of excellent results in preparing students for HSC performance.
Dr Dave Goodman, B.Mus (Jazz, Honours: 1st Class), PhD.
Dave Goodman is a professional drummer and educator with over twenty years of experience. He studied drum set with Joe Morello, Billy Hart, Jim Chapin, Chad Wackerman, Jim Piesse, Gordon Rytmeister, Andrew Gander, Barry Stewart, Peter Harkins and Steve Fuller.
Dave has taught drums on the faculty of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Institute of Music. He also has considerable experience tutoring younger musician, in school bands and individually. He is currently working on a PHD in Jazz Studies.
As a performer and recording artist Dave has an extensive and impressive list of credits. Artists he has performed and/or recorded with include: Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Cecil McBee, Bob Berg, James Williams, Paul Bollenback, Daryl Grant, John Sneider, Thelma Houston, Deni Hines, Tim Rogers, David Campbell, James Morrison, Vince Jones, Don Burrows, George Golla, Galapagos Duck, James Reyne, Jimmy Little, Richard Clapton, Joe Camilleri, Melanie Oxley, Stephen Cummings, Matt Moffett, Lily Dior, Emma Pask, Craig McLaughlin, Martin Plaza, Dave Faulkner, Jackie Orszaczky, Tina Harrod, Billy Field, Johnnie Johnson, Venetta Fields, Glen Tilbrook, Greg “Wiggle” Page, Geoff Harvey, Rhonda Burchmore, Normie Rowe, Mark Trevorrow, Paul Capsis, Mike Nock, Bernie McGann, Dale Barlow, Sean Wayland, Cathy Harley, Ten Part Invention, Roger Frampton, Julian Lee, Bob Barnard, Judy Bailey, Matt McMahon, Hamish Stuart, Andrew Robson, Sandy Evans, Carl Dewhurst, Mark Isaacs, James Muller, Shelley Scown, Bruce Paulson, Chris McNulty, Gordon Brisker, Phillip Johnston, Riza Arshad, Hakuei Kim, Andy Walton, Mike Rivett, Rory O’Donoghue, James Valentine, Jess Green, Wesley Carr, Steve McKenna, Bertie Blackman, and Inga Liljestrom. And many others!
Currently Dave can be heard playing with Matt Keegan Trio, Sean Coffin Quintet (SCQuint), Ron Philpott Quintet, Glenn Doig Trio, The Doig Collective and The Reaston Kay Effect as well as the occasional performance with David Campbell, James Morrison, Jeff Duff, Gerard Masters, Chuck Yates and others.
John Morrison is director of JWA Jazz Camp every January, and occasionally at other camps through the year. He isn’t available for private lessons.
John Morrison has delighted audiences for more than 25 years with his humor and dedication to sounds that swing. Equally at home in a small group or big band setting, his musical facility runs the entire spectrum from traditional jazz, swing, Bebop, R&B, Soul and commercial jazz rock.
The eldest of the Morrison family, John has spent much of his musical life playing and recording with his younger brother James Morrison. At age 8, John began playing cornet in the school brass band and by the age of 10 had built his first drum set from pots and pans. In these early few years he played many different instruments and styles but jazz drumming was to be his calling.
After living in New York for over 12 months in the late eighties, John and James returned home to form Australia’s premier jazz big band “The Morrison Bros Big Bad Band”. John widened his exposure and experience also playing with a variety of other well-known artists including James Moody, Scott Hamilton, Richie Cole, John and Jeff Clayton, Garry Dial, Jimmy Whitherspoon, Eartha Kitt, Don Burrows, George Golla, and Bob Barnard.