Jim Blackley & Bob Armstrong R.I.P

We have lost two incredible drum teachers recently, and two people who have been big influences in my career.

Jim Blackley wrote many books including Syncopated Rolls for the Modern Drummer. I was lucky enough to spend two days with him when I toured Canada about 15 years ago.

Bob Armstrong was my teacher for many years. He was the go to teacher the majority of Pro players for many years. When I first went to see him I’d been playing professionally for several years, I came away from my first lesson realising I didn’t know the first thing about technique. He opened my eyes to so much. When I saw him earlier this year we promised to get together for a cup of tea, unfortunately it was not to be.
There is a tribute to him on 17th September with many of his old pupils playing. Tickets from PMT Music Romford.