GARY started playing drums at just 14 years of age, taking drum lessons with a well known local drummer, Terry Newby. Attending a concert at UEA in Norwich, he was totally mesmerised by the band performing that night and this was to have a profound effect on the rest of his life! The band was Golden Earring!
His first school boy band was ‘IMPACT’ which was a band he formed with a few school mates before playing in a host of small local line ups. The longest being ‘The Glass Wheel Show Band’ in the 1980’s which was the resident band for ‘The Ocean Rooms’ in Gorleston, backing loads of famous singers and comedians of the day ie. ‘Jo Pasqule, Russ Abbott and Frank Carson’ just to mention a few.
This is where Gary honed his skills.
At the same time Gary also ran ‘The Lowestoft Drum Studio’ an amazing facility which taught hundreds of local kids how to play the drums. This was in operation for over 30 years and was to yield the future of local drummer ‘Ed Grahme’ from Lowestoft’s most famous band ‘The Darkness’. Their first album went on to sell 1.5 million copies.
During the 1990’s Gary co-authored a best selling drum tuition book with his old teacher Terry Newby, called ‘Want to play drums?’
Gary also taught his son ‘Jamie Drew’ to play the drums and Jamie will guest with Zingaro Blue when they are playing bigger concerts. Highlight of his drumming career was playing a drum duett with his son Jamie at ‘The Seagull Theatre’. (Please click the video at the bottom of this page to see that very drum solo...)!
Since retiring from teaching Gary spends most of his time in the garden working on the railway he built for his grandson. It’s called ‘King Kong’s Garden Railway’ and even features a miniature version of Zingaro Blue playing an open air concert of their song ‘Living on a train’.
After playing the drums for over 45 years Gary says:
“I have finally found the perfect band. ‘Zingaro Blue’ are the most creative bunch of people I’ve ever been around! I’m the happiest Blonde around :)”