Biography

Buster Birch b.mus (hons), lgsmd, p.g.dip


is a busy freelance drummer who has worked with a great many of the UK’s finest jazz musicians. He has an honours 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 performed at virtually every major concert hall and jazz club in London as well as major international festivals and toured in over 30 countries. He has been a member of three “world” music groups (Terza Rima, The Branco Stoysin Trio and Heads South) who he recorded and toured with extensively. He has played for various orchestras including The Royal Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and has deputised on West End shows including the multiple award winning Blood Brothers. He has also created his own critically acclaimed show www.busterplaysbuster.com which features the Buster Birch Jazz Quartet playing live to the screening of different classic Buster Keaton feature-length movies, for which he has arranged and scored over 4hrs of music to sync. Current bands he can be heard playing with include... The Alison Rayner Quintet (ARQ), The Jo Fooks Quartet, Heads South, The London Jazz Trio, The Sue Rivers Quintet and The Halstead Jazz Club Big Band


Buster Birch is also an award winning jazz educator and a published author (www.savvyinteractivemusicpublishing.com). He has been a professorial member of the jazz faculty at Trinity Laban conservatoire of music for seven years where he taught improvisation, musicianship, jazz repertoire and jazz history classes. He has been a visiting lecturer at The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Middlesex University. He is co-director of the UK’s longest running jazz summer school www.theoriginalukjazzsummerschool.com, a week long residential course hosted at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama for singers and all instrumentalists of all ages and experience levels. He runs two regular jazz workshops for adult learners www.saturdayjazzworkshop.co.uk and www.tonbridgejazzworkshop.co.uk. He is the course leader for BYMT Jazz School (www.bymt.co.uk) which runs regular jazz improvisation classes for junior and secondary school students at the Bromley music hub. In 2017 BYMT Jazz School won the prestigious Will Michael Diploma Award for Jazz Education, a national award recognising “outstanding commitment to jazz education” and “acknowledging the work of those field practitioners who are actually delivering jazz education and in many cases helping to combat the widespread jazz phobia among classroom music teachers and instrumental tutors.” 




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Buster Birch has an honours 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 performed at virtually every major concert hall and jazz club in London as well as major international festivals and toured in over 30 countries and recorded over 30 CDs. He has worked with most of the UK's finest jazz musicians as well as The Royal Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and deputised on West End shows. He is an award winning jazz educator and a published author. He has been a professorial member of the jazz faculty at Trinity Laban conservatoire of music for seven years where he taught improvisation, musicianship, jazz repertoire and jazz history classes. He has been a visiting lecturer at The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Middlesex University.