Tutor Profile : Pat Garvey

23rd January 2017

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Sometimes it’s good to know the person behind the tutor…

Here is BIMM Brighton’s Head of Drums, Pat Garvey to tell you a little bit about himself and why he loves you guys!

What’s your most memorable moment in music?

This is an impossible question to answer! There are so many great memories. Right now the one that sticks out, that also makes for a good story, is finding myself having dinner with Queen’s Roger Taylor – one of my absolute rock drumming heroes – at his house when I was teaching his son Rufus Taylor (who now plays with The Darkness). I don’t know how I held it together… I really don’t… but I did because I’m a pro and thought it would be really uncool to lose it at the dinner table or at his house. I think I ‘fan-boy screamed’ all the way home!

When did you get your first drum kit and what was it?

I got my first drum kit and drum sticks when I was 11 – it was a Premier kit in White Marine Pearl, with a set of Zyn cymbals. Before that, I made my own ‘kit’ out of a cardboard box, a fire grate and a chair, and used chopsticks and wooden spoons instead of sticks!

What do you love about teaching?

I love mentoring, inspiring, helping, supporting and developing musicians, young and old. I love calling upon all my professional experience and my studies in teaching and learning since I was first invited to teach at BIMM in 2009, in order to do that. I also love how much I learn about people, my art and myself, through teaching. Teaching is the hardest ‘gig’ I’ve ever had, but it’s also the single most rewarding one.

What advice would you give to aspiring drummers?

To enjoy the instrument and remember that no one gets good just like that – so enjoy the journey. Get your mates together and play your favourite songs, write songs, get out and gig. Once you’re ready, start to learn about the music business. Find a good teacher and learn about the art of music and the art of drumming. Watch and learn from the greats, and always remember that it’s a big and exciting world out there.


Lucy Evers

As an ex-student of BIMM Brighton and a Vocalist in a Math Pop band Orchards, Lucy has an overview of the student experience that applies to you all. Lucy’s passions for music, journalism and photography all coincide here to showcase; live shows, top tips to living a student lifestyle and the general beauty of the city you live in. She wants you to get a down to earth overview of your BIMM student experience.