Mark Ball is a self taught musician who has performed internationally and nationally as a session player, composer, accompanist and dance pianist. Mark works with schools, dance companies, theatre groups, singers and numerous instrumental ensembles. Presently he teaches privately, gives workshops and plays piano for contemporary dance and ballet at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the affiliated Centre of Advanced Training (the CAT).
Every Tuesday night he plays contemporary jazz with his band “Trio Kahout” (up at the Cambria pub in Loughborough Junction, SE5 9AR 8 -10.30pm).
Joshua Brandler is from London and has learnt a diverse range of musical styles through training and working with The Grand Union Orchestra and many other bands and groups in the London music scene. JB is a Multi-instrumentalist musician, producer and educator. He is passionate and creative, and has a love of engaging people of all ages and backgrounds through music. JB is currently working with artists and youth centres with his own music company, The Musical Dojo.
Riccardo was born in Rome in 1982 and his musical training began at the age of 14. From 2003 to 2006, he studied drum kit with Ettore Mancini and Marco Volpe. In 2010, he graduated from Conservatorio Licino Refice in Frosinone – BA(Hons)in Jazz Music – where he studied amongst others with Ettore Fioravanti. Since graduating, he moved to London where he has pursued a career as a drummer /percussionist and teacher.
His musical experience goes from playing with many of Pop-Rock bands to small Jazz groups and orchestras, Funk function bands as well as Tribute bands. He has also worked as session player in recording studios with producers as Rob Ellis and many others international session musicians.
His musical capabilities go beyond playing just the drums; he is equally as good arranging music for original bands, solo song-writers, percussion workshops. As a performer, Riccardo has played at international festivals in Europe as well as USA. During the last 10 years he has taught in schools, music services and as private tutor from his own studio.
At the age of 13 Peter asked his dad if he could buy a snare drum, and his dad was not keen and said it would be a five minute wonder! Here we are numerous years later and he is still playing, has traveled all over the world with his drum stix playing with different bands and styles of music. Peter’s professional career started at the age of 17 with P&O on the Arcadia, then he played for many years on the QE2 backing famous name artists that came on board. He also had professional drum tuition in New York. He toured with Roy Orbison and The Pasadena Roof Orchestra.
Peter has been running his own band Tuxedo Class for over 25 years playing for weddings corporate events and private parties. Peter has played for “Magpie” for the last five years and loves the energy that drums create for the participants. Peter’s hobbies are sailing a Laser 2000 dingy and he is also a volunteer for the RYA salability scheme which teaches people with disabilities to sail.
Dave is very experienced musician who has worked for many companies, artists and bands within a wide musical field. He has performed as a pianist, keyboards player, vocalist and musical director, and worked as an arranger and composer, most noticably for five years during his position of musical director with the famous American band, ‘The Drifters’.
Dave has been working for ‘Magpie Dance’ for the last fourteen years in Bromley, Orpington and Greenwich and still very much enjoys the collaboration with all concerned. He also previously worked for nine years as a part time instrumental and music teacher, music tutor and lecturer for ‘Access to Music’ at Bromley College, Riverston School in SE London and Barking and Dagenham college of Performing Arts. More recently he has been teaching for EcaM (Every Child a Musician) in primary and secondary schools in Newham, and will be working for the Chobham Academy in Stratford from September. Dave also has some knowledge of tenor and alto saxophone, flute, clarinet and guitar, all of which he enjoys playing.
Peter is a freelance musician and composer specialising in drum kit and ‘un-pitched’ percussion (Orchestral Percussion, as well as world and pop percussion instruments such as Djembe, Darabuka, Congas, Bongos etc.).
He began his musical education in school ensembles, playing with the top county bands and orchestras, whilst developing theoretical and compositional practises at school, and later, college where he attained a distinction (90%) in grade eight drum kit.
Peter’s next step was to study at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) where he achieved an overall grade of first class, and prepared a highly acclaimed performance of the percussion solo ‘Rebonds A and B’ by Xenakis at West Road Concert Hall. In addition, he was awarded the ‘Mark Devon Performance Prize for highest recital mark of the year (85%) as well as receiving a mark of 1st class for his dissertation, “Composition Using Cubist Inspired Techniques of Simultaneity”.
During his career, Peter has played at venues as grand as ‘The Albert Hall’, and clubs as intimate as ‘The Vortex Jazz Club’; toured Belgium, Spain, Germany, Slovenia and Greece with various bands and orchestras and is the founding member of several ensembles, one of which being the newly introduced ‘Echo Trails’ project.
Peter now lives in London, Camden and continues to pursue an active performing career, whilst teaching and composing.
Simon’s experiences in music over the past decade have made him a versatile musician having performed in a wide variety of styles, such as theatre work, Big Bands, Small group Jazz, Rock/fusion, functions and original music. Simon has also gained a vast experience of recording from free jazz for film soundtracks, to singles for pop/rock bands. Some of Simon’s most recent work includes being M.D for the Pantomime at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, The Boogie Knights and his own project CoverCon.
Simon’s education includes studying at Canterbury Christ Church University (BMus) as well as the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama (Mmus). Here he studied drums under Trevor Tomkins, Ralph Salmins and Andrew Bain.
Simon has worked for Magpie over the past two years including performing for two groups in the 30th Anniversary show.
bobby has been playing drums and percussion for over 40 years, specializing in e-drumming and technology since the mid 1980’s. He has been at the forefront of playing dance music in many different bands both in his original hometown of Toronto and now here in London. He has many years of experience gigging and touring with various bands as well as studio recording. He plays at Trinity Laban for their undergraduate program, for Adult open classes at The Place( as well as their CAT and CYD programs for young dancers) and for Magpie. He was commissioned to compose the music for The Place’s end of year CYD dance performances called “Without Compromise” in 2015, which was comprised of 10 different classes and dance companies of young people from 5-18 years old. Using a Roland Octapad and an iPad, he brings a musical palette combining all different kinds of world music, modern club music and classical instruments to create textures and grooves that can’t help but make the classes move to the beat, or, to relax to the smooth ambient sounds.