One of two drummers in the family, Joe has been nominated by music teacher Gareth Siggins, along with his twin brother Sam, for passing his Grade 8 exam.
“After months of strategic planning and gently sibling rivalry,” says Gareth, “twins Sam and Joe trained for their Grade 8 within 6 months after competing their Grade 6 Rock and Pop exams to achieve a merit and distinction in Grade 8, respectively.”
“Their feel and technique are exceptional – and the range of repertoire Joe has developed has been excellent within the timeline. It is a rare achievement despite their communication and drumming styles being different. Certainly, one of the highlights of my career to get both brothers to this expert level. I'm incredibly proud of the twins for their dedication; and they both adore each other as much as playing music.”
Joe says that without “working towards a grading, you don't really have a goal in mind. It drives you to try your best and put in your maximum effort. I have greatly enjoyed taking the Trinity qualifications and have found it a lot of fun, especially as I had the best teacher, Gareth Siggins. Now that I have taken Grade 8, I am thinking of working towards the Diploma, but you have to be 16 years old to do that, so I'll have to wait a year!”
Joe’s advice to fellow Trinity students?
“If you want to be a good drummer, take the Trinity exams. Don't worry about it being too much work, it's really worth it. You will have a great sense of achievement afterwards and feel more self-confident.”
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