Tom Gilkes – Drummer and Teacher


“Tom has been playing drums since the age of 12. He studied at The British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) in Bristol and turned professional when he was 20. He’s toured all over the UK and Europe with artists such as Marc Ford (The Black Crowes) and recorded in the studio with Brian Banks (Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album) and Clint Murphy (Manic Street Preachers).

Tom regularly performs with a huge variety of artists and bands including Eddie Martin, John Paul Gard (Groovelator), Innes Sibun (Robert Plant), Pete Gage (Dr Feelgood) and Jon Amor (The Hoax).

In addition to being a fully qualified Yamaha drum teacher, Tom has studied with world reknowned drummers such as Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, BB King), Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and Dave Dicenso (Berklee College Head of drums, USA), and has previously done work for both Rhythm magazine and Drummer magazine. Tom’s infectious enthusiasm for drumming and teaching shines through in every single lesson he gives, exciting and encouraging his students to be the best they can be.”