Welcome to our year in review, so many events, classes and developments in our school and drum shop to celebrate.
We’ve hosted some wonderful Australian and international artists including: Tony Micelli (USA), Virgil Donati (USA), Bill Bachman (USA), Rafael Jerjen (Switzerland) Daniel Susnjar (Perth), Jackal (Qld), Tambuco (Mexico), Damian Corniola (Melb), Gregg Bissonette (USA), John Riley (USA), James Whiting & Tate Sheridan (Aus), Fabian Hevia (Adelaide) as well as a host of drop in visitors.
We are currently planning the 2017 visiting artists series and will keep your posted right here on our news and events page.
2016 Groove Warehouse performance events featured our students and staff in a wide range of concerts and public workshops including , Family Fiesta Night, Canberra Times Fun Run, Day of the Dead, Gregg Bissonette at the Basement, the inaugural Canberra Drummers Day – a day celebrating the drumming talent in our own town, and of course our end of year concert DRUMtacular.
The Groove Warehouse Gallery Page (link) is the place to view and download the complete range of wonderful photographs of our events and artists taken by Michael Camplin, Gary France and Mark Turner. Please share with your friends and family, post on social media and help us to make a joyous sound. Speaking of social media, did you know Groove Warehouse has a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube !?
Gary France continued to present workshops for music teachers and students at a host of Canberra public and private schools including the Arts Up Front Professional Learning Day, ACTMEN Conference 2016, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). He continued as Features Editor of DRUMscene/PERCUSscene magazine contributing articles, interviews and judging for Australian Ultimate Drumming Weekend’s (AUDW) Best Up and Coming Drummer competition 2016 (Melb).
We hosted intensive workshops and holiday camps as well as a series of intimate concerts including Jazz and Contemporary Classical genres including Performing the Past featuring world premieres by our resident composer Sandra France.
We are especially proud of our 14 students that recently completed their first AMEB Rock School Exams receiving an average score of 95%, an outstanding achievement!
Groove Warehouse Angels continue to be the life blood of our success. Special thanks to Michael Camplin who continues to provide web support, professional guidance and photographical brilliance to our daily activities, Sean Maloney who designed and installed the wonderful signs in and around the GW, Jason Borg from Technic Trims for his daily support on a wide range of building upgrades etc, Simone and Zsofi de Haan for the loan of their beautiful Yamaha Grand Piano. A special thanks to all those members of the Groove Warehouse community who generously give their time carrying instruments, loading trucks, providing refreshments, chats, advice and guidance on a wide range of issues. Most importantly sincere thanks my wonderful family Sandy, Nette and Isobelle France who continue to provide loving support and encouragement as I pursue my passion for All Things Drums and Percussion.