These were taken at various times with some of my favourite drummers.
Probably the drummer who had the most profound influence on me was Australia's own David Jones. I used to go and see David play whenever he did a gig. In fact, he would get me to lug his drums for him and I got to watch him play. It was such a privilege to see him up close. I learnt so much from David I don't know where to start. But I think perhaps the greatest thing I got from him was the sense that ANYTHING was possible on the drums. I studied privately with David in 1987 and then at the Sydney Con through 1988/89. He is one of the most naturally gifted musicians I have ever encountered and continues to be an inspiration, forging new ground in the percussive arts.
This is me with Dave Weckl. Dave was, and continues to be a huge inspiration. He's an awesome guy to hang out with and one of the greatest drummers of all time!After a gig in Toronto, Canada, I came home via Los Angeles where I had the opportunity to meet and study with the brilliant Peter Erskine. Peter is a real gentleman and on top of being an amazing drummer, he's a fantastic educator. This picture was taken at one of Peter's Trio gigs in Pasadena.Here I am with some of my mates and favourite Aussie drummers, Hamish Stuart, Andy Gander and Kere Buchanan. All world class! This was taken for publicity for the very first "Beat Goes On" gig at The Basement in Sydney. It was a tribute to Jeff Porcaro, Carlos Vega and Tony Williams. This later evolved into the Bodacious Cowboys tribute to the music of Steely Dan.This one's with my dear friend (and heavyweight shredmeister), Pete Drummond. Pete and I have spent a lot of time hanging out over the years. He's a real disciplined and dedicated guy!I was honoured to meet and spend some time chatting with Australian legend, (and father of modern drumming), Graham Morgan. Here we are at the Ultimate Drummer's Weekend in Melbourne, 2002.Over the years I've crossed paths with Dom Famularo a number of times. Dom is always an inspiration and it's an absolute laugh a minute when you're hanging out.This is my mate Jim Piesse. Jim's a great friend, a fantastic drummer and a wonderful educator. He has studied extensively in New York with Joe Morello and is an inpiration to me and thousands of other Aussie drummers.
On a trip through New York I read that Steve Gadd was doing a rare clinic in Boston so I made my way up North to hear him up close! I was fortunate to meet him. He is a very humble, wonderful gentleman. This is very special to me as not everyone gets to meet their hero! Thanks to Steven Rose, Stanley Swann and Satnley Holland for the picture!
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