Drummer, Clinician, Educator, Author, Faculty Tutor at
The Echo Factory, Leicester
September 2019 - FREE Drum Workshop for Charity!
Greetings everyone! I'm holding a free workshop to raise money for The Keech Hospice. It's on October 5th. See details on the right. There is also another planned for mid to late November. I'm very proud to be taking part in the 'try out' day organised by the World Military Band Competition organisers on Oct 12th. That same night I'll be performing on my own and as the soloist with one of the bands. The 'try out' day is for anybody to come along and try out on the drums for fun. There will be lots of other musicians and instruments to try too! It's at Redbourne College. Full details to follow soon! Please come along to both events. The more people attend, the more money we can raise! Lookf forward to seeing you there!
June 2019 - Ian Bee Drum Camp 2020!
Great news! The Omnis Drump Camp went really well. So I've set up the next one for 2020! It's even bigger and better - beautiful venue in the lovely market town of Ampthill, food and drink all included, and with the legendary Gabor Dornyei headlining! Three days of top tuition from Carlos Hercules, Elliott Henshaw, Colin Woolway, Carl Williams and little old me! Feb 17th/18th/19th - only a few tickets left, so get in touch quickly for yours. Just a £60 deposit to secure your place!
May 2019: New Monthly Drummer's Meet-Up in London and Bedford
Hi all! Exciting news - to help drummers network, get more gigs, students, share ideas, and develop the community, I'm in the process of organising a monthly get together, one in London and one in Bedford. THE FIRST MEET IS AT CHAS FOOTES, LONDON, 11.30am on 28th September!
2019 Breaking News! - Drumming for the Legendary Gabor Dornyei!
I'm absolutely blown away to be able to announce I'll be opening the drumming for the legend that is Gabor Dornyei at his clinic, with one of my own - and with more dates to follow if that's successful! It's an amazing compliment that Gabs believes my playing is of a level he's happy to be associated with! Read my blog for all the exciting details!
New Clinics For November 2018
I'm excited to announce two new clinics - November 3rd at the Leighton Linslade Music Trust and the end of November (DTBC) at the prestigious London Drum Clinic venue, The Hideaway Jazz Club - so a big hanks to my good friend and top UK drummer, Colin Woolway for that! And my thanks to the excellent Tim Hammond, one of the UK's leading MD's, for the Leighton Buzzard booking! Hope to see you there!
BBC Three Counties Radio Interview, May 2018!
After being interviewed in local press across Bedfordshire promoting my new mage-site, Drumin2.co.uk, I was amazed when I got a call from BBC Three Counties Radio, asking me on to the Saturday Morning Show! It was great fun, and hopefully got the message out to a few more people.
Fantastic New Band, Quarry, 2018!
The band have secured their first booking after only one rehearsal together! I'm so proud of the guys, Chris Hepworth, Jeff Roberts and Colin day - all amazing professionals and giving the band it's killer sound already! More news on Quarry to follow very soon!
I'm delighted to have been asked to appear as a guest on the BlogTalkRadio show, 'Around The Kit', hosted by the excellent Joe Gansas. Tune in at 3am GMT on 29th January 2017 - or if that's way too early, listen to the podcast at any time afterwards! :)
My Next Drumhead Magazine Article
The final part of the series on 'Time, Groove & Feel' will be in the next edition of Drumhead Magazine - at last! Been so busy I've not had time to put pen to paper until now! It will look at applying the techniques from part one and two to specific songs - will let you know when it hits the shelves. Don't miss it!
Panto Time! Oh, Yes It Is!!
I'll be off to the lovely Grange Theatre, in Northwich, Manchester, for December to play for KD Theatre Productions version of Beauty & The Beast. Always good fun!
All Round Gigs With '360'
I'm very pleased to say that one of the local bands I play for, '360', have bookings right up until NYE 2017!! Well chuffed, and very much enjoying my time with them so far!
New Videos For Revamped YouTube Channel
At last, I'm getting some time to plan the new series of lesson video, to be shot soon and uploaded to my YouTube channel. All the new sections are in place, so now that I've a bit of down time when I'm away with the panto, I can make a start on the content. Will keep you posted as to when they'll be uploaded. :)