Drums Dept. - WaterBear | The College of Music

T: +44 (0) 1273 726230    E: info@wbear.io

T: +44 (0) 1273 726230   |   E: info@wbear.io


Drums Dept.

Our Drum Tutors are also highly experienced professionals who have worked in session with Major labels and along-side artists such as Korn, Disturbed, Sex Pistols, and Velvet Revolver. It’s their job to ensure you get the best help and guidance possible through 1-1 Mentoring.


Pete Riley | Drums

Pete is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading educators. As well as a renowned drummer he’s known for twenty year plus tenures as both a contributor and CD editor for Rhythm magazine. He has authored several successful drum books, written pieces for Trinity and was recently nominated in the ‘Best Educator’ category in Rhythm Magazine’s online reader’s poll. Over the last ten years Pete has become the CD editor for Rhythm magazine, overseeing the filming and editing of content and compiling the finished disc, accessed by thousands of drummer every month.


Debbie Knox Hewson | Drums

Session drummer and clinician, Debbie Knox-Hewson, began her professional career in a whirlwind playing for popstar Charli XCX, with whom she toured the world extensively, appearing on various television/festival slots such as Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Reading & Leeds, Saturday Night Live, The David Letterman Show, Radio 1 Live Lounge and the Official Olympic Opening Ceremony in London. In addition to her Charli XCX work, Debbie’s economical style has graced records and tours with bands such as James, Honeyblood, Clean Bandit, Rae Morris, Betsy, CuckooLander, Doe Paroa and her personal project, Nasty Cherry, where she is exploring her songwriting and production skills.


Mikey Sorbello | Drums

Mikey is an Australian-born drummer who moved to London in order to push his abilities and make a name for himself. Having founded the Graveltones in 2011, the band has since released two critically acclaimed albums, with the 3rd currently in production. Since then, Mikey has become a highly influential drummer amongst new and well-seasoned players alike. Steve White, a huge name in the UK drumming community, recently cited him as his favourite new drummer. Mikey’s strength lies in his ability to connect with people and instill in them the perseverance to pursue and challenge their talents, to a point of excellence and a unique place of creativity.


Arya Goggin | Drums

Arya has been the drummer for UK rock band Skindred since 2002. Skindred have recorded and released 6 albums across 10 labels including Sony BMG, Atlantic, Lava, Warner Bros and Cooking Vinyl and have toured the world playing alongside Korn, Disturbed, Sex Pistols, Coldplay and Velvet Revolver. The band have and continue to play the world’s most renowned established festivals including Download, Sonisphere, Vans Warped Tour, Ozzfest, Rock AM, headlining Woodstock Poland to 750,000 people. Arya also has extensive experience in tour management and has many professional relationships with booking agents, press agents, national and local promoters, tour managers, touring accountants, record labels, artist management, media, national and international artists and touring personnel.


Adam Bushell | Drums & CEO

A professional drummer of over 25 years, Adam has played for many top-level bands and artists including Freakpower, Will Young, Braund Reynolds, Martha Reeves, Sam Brown, Celtus, Public Symphony, Phil Hilborne, Richie Kotzen, Jose Feliciano and Jason Derulo. For over 12 years he wrote a monthly teaching column in RHYTHM magazine and as a drum tutor, has guided the development of many hundreds of students, both privately and at various renowned music institutions. He has over 15 years’ experience in music education, most recently having held successive positions as Principal of two of the UK’s largest private music education colleges. He is degree qualified, holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning and in 2018, is due to complete an MA in Music Industry Innovation.

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