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Steve Barwell

Percussion teacher



Steve is the University's percussion teacher, working in NTU's Music department.

Career overview

Steve started playing drums at the age seven, inspired by two acclaimed Nottingham-based jazz drummers and teachers, Evans John and Barry Page – a former student of Gene Krupa. Playing jazz soon became Steve's passion and as a teenager he became the drummer for a contemporary jazz ensemble under the direction of saxophonist Howard Mills.

Steve continued his percussion studies with Lewis Dyson, Steve Kohut, Cathy Gilberson-White and Allan Cox. He went on to play for championship section brass bands and was a soon to become a featured soloist. He has also played and recorded for numerous jazz ensembles, big bands and busy function bands in London. Highlights include gigs with the legendary saxophonist Nik Turner.

Steve also leads the NTU Drumline.