Masterclass with Erik Stams

The Crash Drum School will be hosting a masterclass with Rhythm Groove Essentials columnist Erik Stams on 8 December at Sno! Bar in Xscape, Castleford. Doors open 7.00 pm and the show will start at 7.30pm.

Erik has being playing the drums for 20 years and honed his craft performing and recording in and around NYC and can be heard on albums, film soundtracks and TV commercials. For Erik's full list of credits visit his website. Erik Stams currently teaches and plays in London and Cardiff . He teaches degree and diploma level courses at Drumtech and Thames Valley University in London and writes regular articles for Rhythm and has recorded several educational play-along cd's (Rhythm/Drumtech/Total Guitar).

Supporting Erik and kicking off the evening will be Adam Swales, head teacher at Crash Drum School. Adam studied with Erik at Drumtech in London in 2005 and shortly after started teaching. "The school has being going for just over 2 years and this is the first major event to be held and we are really glad to have Erik come down for the evening. It will be a great show", says Adam.

Adam plays in a variety of bands in and around his local area. On the night he will be playing in his funk trio. Adam also recently featured playing drums on the new N-Dubz album ‘Against all odds´ which was released 16 November.

Tickets for the masterclass cost £5. Email for booking information. Tickets can also be bought on the door.

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.