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Luke Wastell

Shows that Luke has played in include:
All Night Strut - Annie - Anything Goes - Best of Times - Bugsy Malone - Brigadoon - Cabaret - Calamity Jane - Camelot - Carousel - A Chorus Line - Company - Dracula Spectacular - Fame - Fiddler on the Roof - A Funny thing Happened on the way to the Forum - Gi Gi - Godspell - Grease - Guys & Dolls - Gypsy Baron - Jesus Christ, Superstar - Joseph - The King and I - Les Miserables - Match Girls - No No Nannette - Oklahoma - Oliver - Underneath the Arches - The Slipper and the Rose - Showtime @ The Venue - State Fair - Sweet Charity - West Side Story - Wiz - The Wizard of Oz.
Pantomimes - Aladdin, Jack & the Beanstalk, Snow White.
West End - 'Showtime @ The Venue', Leicester Square.
- Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales theatre)

Luke started playing the drums at the age of 13, when he gave up the trombone. A pair of sticks were thrown into his hands and he was told 'If you're not going to play the trombone there's a space for a drummer in the school orchestra!'. From then on Luke began to have regular drum lessons at his school and then progressed to have lessons at Redbridge Music School with his now friend and colleague, Malcolm Ball. Since then, Luke has played with many different groups and in many different places from local pubs to the Royal Albert Hall.
As well as playing at theatres, Luke also plays for Jazz Bands, Big Bands, Wind Bands, Orchestras and Rock/Pop Bands. In 2002 Luke was a regular player with NYJO II (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) where he was coached by the likes of Paul Eshelby and Bill Ashton and gained invaluable experience at improvisation and latin jazz.

As you can see, he has a lot of experience in all different genres of music. With various groups, he performs both locally in concert halls, theatres, clubs, workshop's etc. and tours with the various groups overseas. To date, Luke has toured Belgium, France, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Holland and Scotland.
In September 2002 he also toured the Mediterranean with a 6 piece show/cabaret-band and a dinner jazz trio onboard the MS Saga Rose, under the musical direction of Simon Fricker.

He has worked and performed with many reputable artists, such as Percussionist, Malcolm Ball - Timpanist, Mike Baker (Principal Timpanist at the RPO) - Violinist, Keith Gurry of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and sub-principal of The Black Dyke Band, David Notley. In 2001, Luke recorded a Jazz Orchestra CD. 'Hip to be Square' is an album recorded with Redbridge Jazz Orchestra which features him playing both Drum kit and Percussion.

In February/March of 2002, Luke enjoyed composing a fanfare for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, which was played at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th March 2002. (Luke conducted the Orchestra).

In September 2002, Luke left school to pursue his career as a professional drummer. He is a part-time percussion teacher for Redbridge Music Service, fulfilling a peripatetic role. He also teaches a small number of pupils from home. (Please send an email regarding any enquiries)

In January 2003, Luke auditioned for, and was asked to join, one of the hottest new Rock bands in London. 'RELOAD' play at many live venues/events across London and are currently looking for the right record deal to swing their way!
See www.ReloadRock.com

Luke is very pleased to be currently studying with one of Britain's most respected session drummers, Allan Cox. Working with material written by Jim Blackley has enabled Luke to completely transform the way he plays and the way he approaches playing. "Jim Blackley's material was an entirely new concept to me but with Allan's unrivalled tutoring, it's opened up a whole new avenue for me to explore in my playing".

Luke has a keen interest in conducting and has been fortunate enough to maintain his interest professionally, working with the Eastbury Players as Musical Director for 2 of their last 3 shows. Both of these compilation shows have and will feature a wide variety of musical styles with music from George Gershwin to Danny Elfman.


-Distinction Pass in "Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music" Jazz Ensemble Exam. 1998

-Distinction (Honours) Pass in "Guildhall" Drum kit Exam. 2000

-Outstanding Service to Music Award 2001- London Borough of Redbridge. Presented by Redbridge Music Service

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