Rod is a professional drummer/percussionist who regularly plays with large and small ensembles on the London and Cardiff jazz scenes. Originally from Surrey, he has received tuition from both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music, leading to performance opportunities alongside jazz greats including Kenny Wheeler, Dave Cliff, Norma Winstone, Soweto Kinch, leading composer/pianist Huw Warren and Loose Tubes legends Iain Ballamy and Mark Lockheart.
He has played at some of the leading venues in the UK, including
the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, the Vortex and the 606 Club. He studied with Martin France (Spin Marvel) and James Maddren (Kit Downes Trio) and is a former pupil of Jeff Williams (Jeff Williams Quartet).
In 2015 Rod gained a First Class Honours degree in Music (Jazz) from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, having performed regularly at the Cardiff conservatoire's £22.5 million world class facilities. He attended the Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz Course for two years, under the direction of Nick Smart and Simon Colam. As a member of the National Youth Jazz Collective, he has worked with Issie Barratt, Mike Walker and Steve Waterman.
Given a pair of sticks for his birthday, Rod began drumming at the age of 10, joining the local Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra, followed by the Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra as its youngest member. In 2007 he won a Trinity College Exhibition Award for achieving one of the country's highest Distinction marks in music.
He is an experienced and reliable pit orchestra drummer and percussionist, with credits includingLittle Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, West Side Story, Rent, Return to the Forbidden Planet, The Hot Mikado, Honk!, Crazy for You, Hello Dolly!, Sweet Charity, Parade and 13. He has performed at the London, Birmingham, Cheltenham and Brecon Jazz Festivals, at the world-famous Hay Festival and Edinburgh Fringe, and as an actor-musician in Gagglebabble's The Bloody Ballad at Latitude 2014.
Performances in 2016 include a tour with Spanish jazz pianist Juan Galiardo, dates in London and Wales with The Mañana Collective featuring Cuban Javier Zalba (Buena Vista Social Club, Irakere), and joining singer Hannah Grace on her headline tour, in London, Bristol and Cardiff.
A busy start to 2017 has seen Rod depping for the drums chair in the highly-acclaimed West End play This House at The Garrick Theatre, and performing with the BBC Young Jazz Musician of 2016 Alex Ridout and finalist Tom Ridout.