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Biography, Drum Lessons & Tuition

Ian West has been teaching drums in the South Yorkshire region for the last 30 years. From his base at Supanova Studios, he offers drum tuition and drum lessons in all musical styles to all levels of students, along with offering specialist tutoring in advanced drumming techniques.

Ian's successful drum teaching methods have encouraged students from all over the Yorkshire region to attend his Drum School. His high class reputation and excellent student exam pass rate have attracted students to the school from many areas including Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley, Sheffield, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Humberside. See Drum Lessons Doncaster

Ian West

Born Sydney Australia, Ian came to the UK and studied drums (Level 6 Diploma-BA Honours Degree - 3rd year) with John Ellis MBE of the Doncaster Jazz Association. Ian has been playing drums professionally for over thirty years and is a much sought after session drummer as well a highly respected and influential drum tutor and drum clinician. Ian's session drumming demands have seen him cover a wide range of musical genres including Soul, Rock, Pop, Funk, Jazz/Big Band, Blues, Latin American etc. See videos page

Ian is also an alumni member of The Doncaster Jazz Association and has toured and performed at all the major jazz festivals in the world including Montreaux, Nice, New York and all Jazz Festivals in Great Britain. One of Ian's achievements was being awarded the BBC Kenny Clare prize for Best Jazz Drum Performance in the UK.


Ian is in great demand as a both a live player and session musician and has performed with the following artists:

John ParrEliot KennedySteve WomackDennis RollinsPeter KayBeto DaltroS ClubMica ParisLiz McClarnon5iveKenny ThomasAlistair GriffinAntony CostaAndy AbrahamThe Reason 4Katy BullockStafford GalliJanet DevlinCraig ColtonBabybirdMartin Fry : ABCTony ChristieDonny Osmond

Ian's career as a Drummer/Tutor

Ian also has a very active drumming career, recording all types of music including, Pop, Rock, R&B/Soul, Jazz,Metal, Reggae,Singer/Songwriter, Hip-Hop/Rap, Blues, Latin, including Abbey Road sessions.

Ian is also a regular performer with the Mark Ellis of Vibe Music.

Ian has also spent many years as a highly sought after performer on the theatre circuit and has worked with many famous artists including:

Cannon & BallRoy Chubby BrownMick MillerBilly PearceGary Williams

Recent Projects/Employments

  • Director - Ian West's School of drums
  • Musician at Vibe Music
  • Drummer at Session Player
  • Doncaster Music Services
  • Copley Junior School
  • XP School
  • Balby Carr Community Academy
  • New Pastures Primary School
  • De Warenne Academy
  • Sir Thomas Wharton College
  • Focus School Bramley Campus



A selection of audio tracks featuring Ian West at the drums.

Drum Lessons Doncaster

Ian West has been established as a drum tutor in Doncaster for over 30 Years offering drum lessons and drum tuition for students of all level and abilities.

All students have the opportunity to receive certification/qualifications from the Rockschool & Trinity exam boards, we are extremely proud of our 100% pass rate.

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