The Beat Goes OnPat

Charting the history and development of popular music through the eyes of the drummer

An educational music/drum workshop – for more information or to book contact Sticks

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Review

Shine a light on the original Dixieland Jazz Band, then shift it along a bit to the ragtime blues till you slip into the beat of Elvis, King of Rock. Pick up The Beatles before a fleeting shimmy with Led Zep, Punk and Van Halen before landing yourself in the heady beat and spin of the present day. The history of drumming has NEVER been louder.

A simply brilliant workshop delivered by Mr Alan (Sticky) Wicket and son Lars Wicket to selected Key Stage Three Princethorpe College pupils on Thursday 9 June rumbled the tale of the humble drum kit in all its guises from a single beat box right through to the complex techno kits universally used in gigs today.

Never simply a drum, this incredibly powerful communicative instrument has morphed over the years reflecting fashion and culture, in some cases shaping culture. With the help of an eye full of kits spanning the decades set up on the College Theatre stage, it’s a no brainer to see the attraction of its jewel like glitter.

“Boys like hitting things”, jokes Alan who currently has over forty pupils at the College, “but once we get through that moment there’s so much more to the grace and wit of the drum.”

Wicket junior, tattooed, pierced and looking every bit the professional session drummer, explained its developing role across the modern era demonstrating every innovation live on stage for pupils to tap along to.

And sitting quietly in a corner of the Theatre listening along with the pupils was former session drummer Alan Buckley, known in the trade as ‘Sir Alan’. At eighty years old, and still punching a hair style many a younger man would covet, he’d kindly lent some of his vast drum kit collection to enhance the workshop.

It’s not often we can say with certainty that four generations sitting in the same room are equally interested in the same one thing. On this day, they were. And the beat, clearly, goes on.

Princethorpe College, Rugby
June 2016