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THE PAUL FRANCIS BAND 2017

The Paul Francis Band are playing two new concerts in 2017. The first is at Messing village Hall on Saturday June 17th. This concert, in aid of the Motor Nueron Disease Association is well patronised and tickets are like gold dust as the venue is small at only 100 seats. You may be lucky enough to get a cancellation by calling Chris Halls on 01621 810003 or Paul on 01206 271634.

The second event is at Colchester Arts Centre on Friday November 10th.
Doors open 7.30 p.m. and show starts at 8.00 p.m. There is a licensed bar. Tickets are £10 available from the box office 01206 500900; online www.colchesterartscentre.com or in person from the Arts Centre or on the night. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

THE PAUL FRANCIS BAND

The Paul Francis Band are playing at Colchester Arts Centre on Saturday 12th November.
Doors open 7.30 p.m. and show starts at 8.00 p.m. There is a licensed bar. Tickets are £10 available from the box office 01206 500900; online www.colchesterartscentre.com or in person from the Arts Centre or on the night. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Adrian Kemp

We are very sorry to announce the passing of Adrian Kemp on 27th October. He was a very well respected player and teacher who worked with us at Orchard Percussion Studio. Our thoughts are with his wife Jane at this very sad time.

Drumming Up Vibrations Book released on

19th September, 2011
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On many occasions over the years whilst relating stories of my life as a musician people have told me that I should write a book. Last year I finally got the chance to put pen to paper. It was quite a task to take on but with help from Goldie and friends I finished it.

“The book is fantastic… yesterday it interrupted my entire day… I had it on my desk at work… and kept just scanning through it… I then took it home and read it from front to back. All the Tony jackson stuff is incredible” (Australia)
“Just to say I finished the book last night – great stuff. I’ve already recommended it to two friends” (UK)

Continue to our Publications page to order or click here for further reviews.

Mike Pender ‘The Search for Myself’

22nd June,  2015
Mike Pender The Search for Myself
For any fan of the original Searchers, Mike Pender’s book The Search for Myself is excellent and a must read.   Tony Jackson and Mike Pender were the main vocalists and Mike’s book tells a fascinating story about the formation of The Searchers.   The book is well put together with memorabilia and follows Mike’s career after The Searchers with Mike Pender’s Searchers and his solo gigs.

The book is available from Mike Pender’s Searchers’ Fan Club                           mpsnews@mikependersearchers.co.uk

 

New Brian Bennett & Clem Cattini Clinic on

29th April, 2012
An Audience With Two Legendary British Drummers
Brian Bennett (Shadows) and Clem Cattini (Tornados and over 40 No.1 Hits).

See Gallery for Photos.

Congratulations to the following students, Battle Of The Bands competition:

Best Drummer
2010, 2011 – Freddy Dawson

Congratulations to the following students from Colchester Institute, Yamaha Percussion Event, Drummer Of The Year:

2010 – Jim Read
2009 – Cameron Morrell

Congratulations to Glen Little

15 May 2010
Congratulations to Glen Little who on taking up his new position of Principal Percussionist Of the Scots Guards Band is the youngest Principal Percussionist the band has ever had.

Congratulations to Richard Rayner

1 Feb 2009
Congratulations to Richard Rayner for winning ‘Young Drummer of the Year’ 2009 competition and his recent TV appearance.