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, Wednesday & Thursday. We have two drum teachers on our faculty, Jamie Cameron and Alex Hirlian. 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.
Alex Hirlian is one of our youngest teachers. He is studying for a Bachelor of Music in Jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has already developed a reputation as a fine and musical performer. More importantly, he is a skillful teacher with a kind, patient manner with a genuine interest in his students. He is happy and able to teach students of any age, but we particularly recommend him for younger students who will benefit from his clear, logical and well-structured approach.
Alex, as a student, was drummer for the acclaimed NSW Arts Unit Jazz Orchestra and was a major scholarship winner at the JWA National Jazz Camp. He is also an alumni of the JWA Academy Combo program. One of his current performance projects is the group DNA/Alpha Experiment: http://www.triplejunearthed.com.au/TheAlphaExperiment.
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.