Troy Wright – Drum Clinic

Gold Coast drummer Troy Wright was recently in Canberra on a tour with guitarist Plini. During his time in the capital, he popped into the Groove Warehouse and gave a clinic. Troy performed a few Plini songs and shared some of the techniques he is current working on with the participants.

Troy has been playing drums since the age of 10 and at 16, placed 2nd in ‘Australia’s Best Up & Coming Drummer Competition’. After leaving school Troy continued his studies at the Qld Conservatorium of Music. Troy works on  various projects and also runs a drumming school “Wright Drumming” on the Gold Coast.

A number of the participants from the clinic also attended his performance with Plini later that evening and were treated to an amazing set of songs by the band, not to mention some fantastic drumming.

Troy Wright Drum Clinic Image

Troy Wright Drum Clinic

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James Whiting – Clinic and CD Launch

The Groove Warehouse was recently visited by James Whiting  (Jazz Vibraphonist / Percussionist / Musical Director) for a jazz vibraphone and improvisation clinic and to celebrate the launch of his latest album – HARD MINCE.  James is due to extend his studies of percussion performance as a Doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Janurary 2016 and we were very fortunate that he chose the Groove Warehouse as one of the stops on his tour.

The attendees at the clinic were shown various aspects and techniques for advanced vibraphone playing.

James was accompanied by Tate Sheridan (piano), Eric Ajaye (bass) and Gary France (drums) at the CD launch in front of a full house.

James Whiting CD Launch

James Whiting CD Launch


You can find out more about James here:

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The Power of Drum

The Groove Warehouse invites you to experience the power and majesty of the world of percussion in their first Christmas Spectacular The Power of Drum. Join internationally renowned performer and educator Gary France and his talented team of professional and student drummers, (ages 1 – 70+ years old) for a feast of sonic wonder. This concert will feature Carribean Calypso Steel Drums, African Drums, Indonesian Gamelan, Marching Drumline and naturally the Drum Kit in all it’s splendour. Think The Little Drummer Boy X 100 and the 12 Days of Drumming. The finale will feature the largest assembly of Drummers ever in Canberra to perform that surfing favourite Wipe Out! (perhaps a Guinness Book of World Record event). This is a family friendly event, great for people of all ages.

For tickets:

The Power of Drum

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Vic Firth Choosing the Right Sticks

Drum Set Sticks

Drum Set Sticks


Using this simple chart of the entire catalog of Vic Firth drumsticks, you can easily find a stick that will feel great to you!

The sticks below are initially sorted by DIAMETER (thinnest to thickest), then by LENGTH (shortest to longest), then by other properties such as:

• TAPER (Short, Medium, Long)
• STICK MATERIAL (Hickory, Maple, Japanese Oak, Persimmon, Carbon Fiber, Sta-Pac®)
• TIP SHAPE (Tear Drop, Barrel, Round, etc)
• TIP MATERIAL (Wood, Nylon, Felt, Metal and Rubber)

If you’d like more information about how all of these options can affect the feel of a pair of sticks, check out our “How to Pick Your Sticks” article HERE!

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PROMARK Choosing the Right Sticks


SHOP SELECT BALANCE STICKS for more information click here

2  1/4″

Forward 7A / .535″ Diameter
16″ Length, Hickory, Teardrop Wood Tip
Forward 5A / .550″ Diameter
16″ Length, Hickory, Teardrop Wood Tip
Forward 5A / .565″ Diameter
16″ Length, Hickory, Teardrop Wood Tip
Forward 55A / .580″ Diameter
16″ Length, Hickory, Teardrop Wood Tip
Forward 5B / .595″ Diameter
16″ Length, Hickory, Teardrop Wood Tip



Rebound 7A / .535″ Diameter
16″ Length, Hickory, Teardrop Wood Tip
Rebound 5A / .550″ Diameter
16″ Length, Hickory, Teardrop Wood Tip
Rebound 5A / .565″ Diameter
16″ Length, Hickory, Teardrop Wood Tip
Rebound 55A / .580″ Diameter
16″ Length, Hickory, Teardrop Wood Tip
Rebound 5B / .595″ Diameter
16″ Length, Hickory, Teardrop Wood Tip

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Groove PANdemonium to Perform at PANZ 2015

Groove PANdemonium are off to Brisbane to perform at PANZfest 2015 .  

 Best PANZfest poster.-2

The newly formed Groove PANdemonium Steel Orchestra are representing the ACT at the upcoming Steel Band Festival

 PANZ- Festival 2015 Pan Australia & New Zealand

The Qld Program includes:

• ‘Playoffs’ by steelbands from across Australia and New Zealand

• Performances by Australia’s top steelpan players

• A Calypso night by professional Australian-Caribbean calypso musicians.

• Public workshops

• Masquerade dancers

• Steelpan exhibition

The public program in Brisbane Qld, is on the weekend of September 26-27, 2015 

The Groove PANdemonium  Steel Orchestra performs on a 30+ set of Steel Pans made especially for the Groove Warehouse in Trinidad. Groove PANdemonium will perform  traditional styles Calypso, Soca, and Reggae as well as special arrangements by bands like the Beach Boys, ABBA, Elvis and a host of other popular bands. Our current members include graduates of the ANU School of Music, members of our community and our special patron from Trinidad,  Canberra’s own Courtney Leiba!

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Groove Warehouse End of Year Concert Saturday December 12


The Groove Warehouse is proud to announce our end of year concert to be held on Saturday December 12, 2015 at the Street Theatre Canberra. This will be an opportunity for all Groove Warehouse students and ensembles to perform and celebrate the holiday season. Tickiting will be provided through the Street Theatre (our major sponsor !) For more information please contact the Groove Warehouse on 01 6260 2847 or email us at

Our 90 minute program will include:


  • Kiddiecussion (Little Groovers)
  • DRUMnasium (The Perfect Storm)
  • FUNdamentals 1 & 2 Ensembles (Stomp Selections “Stinking Garbage & Stick Schtick & Ragtime Christmas“) )
  • Drumkit 1 – 5 (Australian Wipe Out and more)
  • Global Groove (Gong with the Wind,  Gamelan, West African Explosion)
  • The Grooveline (Drumline Demonstration)
  • Groove PANdemonium Steel Pan Orchestra (It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Trinidad)

Santa Drummer

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Wyana Etherington Joins Groove Warehouse

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Wyana Etherington

Wyana Etherington Is A Vibrant And Enthusiastic Percussionist, Educator And Conductor With A Passion For Sharing Her Love Of Music And Music Making.

Wyana began her musical journey, learning piano as a young child. She started playing percussion in high school and went on to study the instrument at the University of Western Australia and the Australian National University.  Graduating from the ANU in 2005, Wyana has been an active member of the Canberra music scene, performing with most local organisations including the Canberra International Music Festival, Canberra Choral Society, all major Canberra theatre companies and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, of which she has been the Principal Percussionist for over 10 years. Highlights of her playing career include touring with Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady in 2009, performing as soloist with the Canberra Pops Orchestra in 2007 and her work as percussionist, arranger and founding member of Canberra’s premier chamber music group, the Griffyn Ensemble. Wyana has been the Musical Director for several shows including Queanbeyan Players, Jesus Christ Superstar (2011) and Phoenix Players, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (2010). She has also conducted bands and ensembles for Canberra Youth Music, the Combined Canberra Grammar Schools’ and Blackburn High School.

Wyana is an experienced percussion teacher having held positions at Canberra Girls’ Grammar, Canberra Grammar, Radford College and recently the prestigious Melbourne specialist music school, Blackburn High.  She is sought after to provide tutorials for music camps, youth orchestras and school music programs and provide master-classes for VCE, HSC, AMEB candidates and auditionees. Many of Wyana’s students have gone on to pursue their musical careers with such organisations as the Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Canberra Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and several continuing their percussion studies at a tertiary level at the Sydney Conservatorium, Melbourne University and The Australian National University.

Wyana moved to Melbourne in 2012 where she performed with the Victorian Opera, Melbourne Wind Ensemble, CrossWinds Ensemble, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic and developed her conducting though her relationship with the Australian Band and Orchestra’s Directors Association (ABODA). Wyana and her Husband Matt began a new chapter of their lives in 2013 as parents to daughter, Adelaide.

Returning to Canberra mid 2015, Wyana is delighted to join the team at the Groove Warehouse and share her wealth of experiences with the Groovy musicians of Canberra.

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FUNdamentals Keyboard Percussion & Timpani (level one) commences term 4, 2015

FUNdamentals of Keyboard Percussion Class

FUNdamentals of Keyboard Percussion Class

Keyboard Percussion and Timpani

(A) ages 13 – 18

$160 + gst per term

Instrument hire available
through the Groove Warehouse

This class introduces the family of Keyboard Percussion: Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Orchestral Chimes, Crotales, etc. This class explores the rich world of percussion with an emphasis on music reading, improvisation and creative expression. These ensembles will perform on a vast array of the Groove School’s instrument collection including marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, concert percussion. Each term our classes will prepare short musical compositions that will build an inner awareness of rhythm timbre and pulse.  To register please click here:

For more information please call the Groove Warehouse 6260 2847 or email

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DRUMnasium Timetable Changes Term, 4 2015

Our DRUMnasium 1 class will move from Mondays to Wednesdays, same time 4pm – 4:45pm. Our new teacher for this class will be the wonderful educator and performer Wyana Etherington, Principal Percussionist Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Please email for any questions.

Wy Promo Pic


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