Jack Whitton - Drummer and Percussionist


 My main instrument is the Drum Kit. I have been playing the drums for 12 years, professionally for 7. I also play all percussion and tuned percussion. I have Rock school drum grades 3, 4, 6 and 8 with distinction.
 I have been on three International music tours visiting France (Disneyland Paris), Barcelona and Italy.
 I am the Principle Percussionist for the Bournemouth and District Concert Band. We have achieved a platinum award at the regional festivals and a silver award in the National Concert Band festivals in Glasgow and Birmingham, performing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Birmingham Conservatoire.
 I also play Percussion and Timpani for Questa Musica Symphony Orchestra and The Bournemouth Philharmonic Orchestra. I play Drums and Percussion for Swing Unlimited Big Band and hold the Drum chair in the Bournemouth University Big Band. I have led professional Samba band ‘Samba Panashe’ and I have led a Samba Band at the ‘National Festival of Music for Youth’ at the Birmingham Conservatoire. I have also played for the Dorset Youth Orchestra. I also play for Poole Brass Band and have played in the National Brass Band Championships with them.
 I play a number of charity concerts in the area throughout the year including a concert for the Mayor of Bournemouth’s Charity appeal fund with the Bournemouth Philharmonic Society and a concert in aid of the Jon Egging trust.
 I am a founder member of the Christchurch Music Centre Youth Orchestra and am a member on their committee. I have project managed and set up a percussion ensemble which I run for the Music Centre. I have also conducted the orchestra and assist in their development in rehearsals.
 Show credits include ‘Back to the 80’s’, ‘Sweeny Todd’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’, ‘Sweet Charity’, ‘Peter Pan’ ‘Footloose’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘HMS Pinafore’, ‘Iolanthe’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Spamalot’ and ‘Hairspray’. West End sit ins include ‘Stephen Ward’, ‘The Commitments’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Matilda’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Made in Dagenham’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Kinky Boots’, ‘Miss Saigon’ and playing the percussion part for ‘Mamma Mia!’ in the London Production at the Novello Theatre.
 I have done many studio recordings and have recorded at Sussex, Surrey, Southampton and Bournemouth Universities.
 I also play for originals band ‘The Fool’s Paradise’. We have recently released our debut single and are currently recording our EP.
 Shows coming up this year include ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Pirates of Penzance’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’. I am also playing percussion for Swing Unlimited Big Band’s ‘Night at the Movies’ show. I will also be performing the UK Premier of the Star Wars 7 Soundtrack with Questa Musica.