Buster Birch b.mus (hons), lgsmd, p.g.dip
Buster Birch has a degree in music from the University of London and a post-graduate diploma in jazz performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also studied at the Drummers Collective in New York City and privately with Jim Chapin and Joe Morello (of The Dave Brubeck Quartet). He has been a freelance professional musician for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in many different musical genres. He has performed at virtually every major concert hall and jazz club in London as well as major international festivals and toured in over 30 countries.
Much in demand as a jazz drummer, he has backed many of the UKs finest jazz musicians including Bobby Wellins, John Etheridge, Alan Barnes, Stan Sulzmann, Jim Mullen and Derek Nash. He is a member of several different acclaimed “world music” groups all of which combine original compositions with their own traditional folk styles from Russia, Cuba and the Balkans. He has worked with world class orchestras including the RPO and the RPCO, depped on west end shows and performed and recorded with commercial pop artists such as Lily Allen and Russell Watson. He appears as a side man on over 25 albums and has his own project “Buster plays Buster” which involves performing live with his quartet to the screening of a Buster Keaton movie, which he arranged and scored all of the music for.
He has a great deal of experience in music education, both as a percussion teacher and a lecturer. He is a professorial member of staff at Trinity Conservatoire of Music and has worked as a visiting lecturer at The Royal Academy of Music, Middlesex University, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and West Kent College. He has lectured on improvisation, musicianship, repertoire, analysis, music history, music business and has devised, delivered and assessed various course units. He has worked as a tutor on many community educational projects and workshops involving diverse groups including school children, adult learners and prison inmates for organisations such as the Olympics, LSO Discovery, English Touring Opera, BSO, and he has taught peripatetically in almost every type of school from key stage 1-5.