Dave Goodman presents Stick Control featuring the Moeller technique and what he learned from lessons with Jim Chapin and Joe Morello, plus techniques for developing the ability to play accents amongst different sticking patterns as well as methods for creatively developing one’s own vocabulary for improvisation. Presented by Pro Music Australia and Bosphorus Cymbals.

About Dave
Jazz critic John Clare has described Dave Goodman as ‘one of the leading drummers in the country’ and ‘[one of] the most intriguing drummers recording anywhere’. At just eighteen, Dave received an invitation to join the renowned Mike Nock Quartet and, at twenty, came second in the prestigious National Jazz Awards. Today, he is, undoubtedly, one of Australia’s most important jazz drummers.

This is evident in the long list of luminaries – both Australian and international – with whom Dave has worked: Joe Lovano, Paul Bollenback, Bernie McGann, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Vince Jones and Mark Isaacs, to name just a few. At present, he is a key member of several of Australia’s finest ensembles, including Ten Part Invention, Trioflight, the Steve Barry Quartet, Warwick Alder’s Jazzgnostics and the Matt Keegan Trio. ‘Dave’s infectious love of music, his dedication to jazz drumming and his melodic approach to the drumset have been a source of inspiration to me for twenty years,’ Matt says.

Combining technical mastery with profound musicality, Dave’s drumming is celebrated for its powerful melodic sensibility and, most importantly, its distinctive voice. Chief influences include Jack DeJohnette, Vinnie Colaiuta and Andrew Gander. ‘Each of these guys come out of Tony Williams, Elvin Jones and Roy Haynes in their own way,’ Dave explains. ‘I love them fundamentally because they are uniquely creative and original in playing only the essence of what each piece of music requires. I aspire to this in my own work.’

Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, Dave is a genuine innovator: relentlessly imaginative and constantly evolving. His professional experience has been augmented with extensive study, both formal and informal. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Jazz Performance and a PhD in Jazz Drumset Performance Studies from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and has studied under several world-class musicians, including Billy Hart, Joe Morello, Jim Chapin and Chad Wackerman.

As a bandleader and composer in his own right, Dave counts numerous creative projects under his belt. Previous undertakings include Dave Goodman’s Strange Loop, featuring guitarist James Muller; eleven-piece ensemble Game 1A: Chess; and Ad Infinitum, which, in 2002, was commissioned for a recording by the ABC’s Jim McLeod’s Jazztrack.

And now, three significant developments are in the pipeline. The first is the highly anticipated La Machine, which sees Dave push his limits on an expanded drumset with new compositions, both computer-accompanied and unaccompanied, at concerts and clinics around Australia. The second is the launch of the new Dave Goodman Quartet, for which Dave has been composing pieces for a handpicked selection of his favourite musicians, namely Peter Koopman (guitar), Matt McMahon (piano) and Cameron Undy (double bass).

The third is The Drummers’ Hub. This extensive, dynamic online resource, established in 2014, allows students and drummers to access invaluable information and keep up with Dave’s educational activities and events. Dave brings with him over twenty years of teaching experience from previous appointments at prominent institutions such as Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and his vision for The Drummers’ Hub is ‘to mentor aspiring drummers toward the successful reaslisation of musical goals involving growth, development, fulfilment, audition, matriculation, scholarship, graduation and audition.’

It’s not often you see a group of Cajons being played at the same time…..however the Cajon Cats are here to show you how it’s done! Hailing from different areas all over Sydney, the group meets weekly in Rockdale to jam some funky grooves on their Cajon box drums! Led by Byron Mark, the cajoneros perform unique arrangements that fuse flamenco and African beats together to create a large wall of percussive sounds for you all to enjoy. Don’t miss this one!

Senior School students from Thomas Hassall Anglican College in Sydney’s south-west (Middleton Grange) come together once a week to learn modern arrangements of traditional rhythms from North-West Africa. Mr Byron Mark, their teacher, has spent some time in Guinea and brings a fresh edge and authenticity to the drum-circle sound. The students are looking forward to their performance at the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show and they will definitely impress you with their solid breaks and African grooves.

The Sydney Stick’s Dynasty Drumline believes in the power of music.
Having the Sydney Sticks at an event brings people together and takes the atmosphere to a new level.
As fully mobile entertainers they can grab an audiences’ undivided attention, blow them away with ferocious grooves and show stopping moves. Not just a treat for the ears, their performances are a visual spectacle with highly choreographed routines incorporating flashy stick tricks whilst on the move. 

A flexible and adaptable entertainment ensemble made up of Sydney’s most celebrated percussionists, the Dynasty Drumline perform with as little as a 3-piece line up to a standard size ensemble of 11 members.  If more drummers are needed The Sydney Sticks brings them in.  

They tailor their performance to what is needed for each event. This could be static or a roving performance at venues of any size – indoors and out.

 In the short time since its inception in 2014 the Sydney Stick’s Dynasty Drumline have appeared on TV shows including: The Great Australian Spelling Bee, and Channel 7’s The Voice. They have also thrilled corporate clients – Ferrari, Nike, and Samsung.

This is a one-of-a-kind experience! Steeped in the American Drumline tradition, with a unique Australian flavour added, The Sydney Stick’s Dynasty Drumline want to make you move.

Performing at the  SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW with Guitar accompaniment presented by Los Cabos Drumsticks
Jake Taylor Sproule is one of Australia’s most respected hard rock and metal drummers, who has played with numerous bands including Necrospyre, Whoretopsy, and Cyaneye. Don’t miss this energetic session with Los Cabos drumsticks endorsee.

Ben started playing at the age of 12 through and quickly joined the Billy Hyde Academy under Milan Troha, He later became the events co-coordinator for Drumcraft and put together such events and clinics as the Australian Drummers weekends, Mike Mangini, Pat Torpy, Kenny Aronoff, Jimmy DeGrasso, Grant Collins and many more.
Over the years Ben has enjoyed a heavy Touring schedule with bands such as MM9, Switchkicker, LO!, Kinetic Assassins, The Dead Love, Sub Atari Knives and most recently playing with Australian Rapper ILLY, covering Australia’s top festivals and Venues, and has appeared on numerous session recordings and also TV commercials for MTV, Jagermeister, NRMA and even flavoured milk!

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music Percussion Ensemble was founded in 1991 by Daryl Pratt.  Members of the ensemble, all percussion students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, perform a variety of works for percussion ranging from transcriptions to contemporary classical and jazz with an emphasis on works by Australian composers. Guests with the Ensemble have included Steven Schick, David Samuels, Duo Vertigo, Karak Percussion, Alison Pratt, Chad Wackerman, Jess Ciampa, Andrew Gander and Timothy Constable.  The SCM Percussion Ensemble program at the 2017 Sydney Drum and Percussion Show will feature works by Westlake, Bryars, Lloyd, Zivkovic and Alfieri for mallet keyboards, drums and percussion.

Alex West,B Mus, has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Southern Cross University. With more than 25 years experience as an educator and 1nstrumental teacher, he has been a pioneer in music for education, health, well being and aged care. His educational work was honoured by the National Australia Bank for the creation of an in-school program for Blairmount Public School. He designed an innovative cross cultural children’s music program “BOOM SNAP CLAP” that received the Schools First Award, culminating in a performance on national television.

In 2008 Alex founded Drum Stuff to offer workshops for disabilities, youth and aged care focusing on the facilitation of interactive recreational music programs. Alex expanded on his professional skills to study the HealthRHYTHMS evidence-based group empowerment drumming protocol. Training in the USA with Dr Barry Bittman, MD and Music Therapist Christine Stevens, MSW, MT.He is also a senior accredited facilitator of the evidence-based Australian DRUMBEAT Program.

His program  “HEARTBEATS”  has been highly regarded in Aged Care Australia. After three years of practice and research in the use of group drumming with aged care, Alex has received the Aged Care Better Practice Award for Innovation.


Renowned percussionist, Alex West takes patrons through a demonstration of the DRUMBEAT Program which is an evidence based social development program using music to engage and transfer social learning. In this session he will demonstrate how good Group Drumming is for Team Building and Stress Relief. This session will provide an insight how quickly and easily  you can rhythmically entrain people into a group using drums…regardless of prior experience! Another hands on opportunity at the SDPS – patrons will be invited to take part in the workshop. Bring your beats!

On Sunday Alex will host and facilitate a Drum Circle at 12.30 where everyone is welcome to participate.


Since The Stray Cats first etched their name into rock n roll history with their punkified version of rockabilly in the late 70s, Phantom has been able to trade on that name by touring with various rockabilly flavoured projects. There was Phantom, Rocker and Slick with former Stray Cat bassist Lee Rocker and Bowie guitarist Earl Slick. Another is Dead Men Walking with The Damned’s Captain Sensible and The Alarm’s Mike Peters. However the most celebrated is probably The Head Cat which features gun LA guitar picker Danny B Harvey and garage rock legend Lemmy. Courtesy of Pro Music Australia, Gretsch drums endorsee Slim Jim Phantom will be at the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show for a meet and greet session

Gary France is a passionate advocate for music education throughout the world. He presents workshops, motivational speeches and concerts in the widest range of musical genres including jazz, commercial, world and classical music’s. He received his Bachelor of Music degree, Music Education, in 1979, from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and his Master of Music degree, Orchestral Performance / Jazz, 1988 at the University of North Texas. Gary was recruited from the USA to Australia in 1986 by Richard Gill as the inaugural Lecturer in Drumset and Percussion at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music. Gary’s prominent positions have included: Head of Music WAAPA – Edith Cowan University, Head of ANU School of Music, Associate Professor of Music and Distinguished Artist in Residence at The Australian National University, Features Editor of PERCUSscene Magazine, Board of Directors Percussive Arts Society International, President and founder of the Australia Chapter of PAS and Board member SPEAK Percussion and is presently the founder and director of The Groove Warehouse, an innovative institution that merges music educational practice with entrepreneurship.  Gary France’s students hold prominent professional positions in contemporary drum-set / percussion and the arts industry throughout the world.
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The Drum Circle will celebrate unity in rhythm and pulse as we Make a Joyous Sound!