Saturday Spotlight – The Percussion Section

The first of a regular series looking at the people that make up the Reg Vardy Band. This week we focus on the percussion section.

Oliver Newton
Music has been a central part of Oliver’s life since the age of 8, and in that time he has picked up a range of instruments, including the clarinet, piano, and orchestral percussion. Since those early days he has gone on to perform with numerous bands and orchestras at venues across the UK and Europe, including several appearances at The Sage, Gateshead; Birmingham Symphony, and Royal Albert Halls. Now based in the North of England, he is currently studying towards a PhD in computational astrophysics at Durham University, and plays with the University and Reg Vardy Bands.

Ed Chapman
Originally from Windsor, Ed studied percussion with the Army Cadet Force from the age of 12; eventually becoming a specialist in timpani and drum kit. He now works as a freelance musician and tutor in the north east, performing with everything from orchestras and chamber ensembles to function groups and big bands.

Duncan Wakeling
Duncan is the dad of the section, both because his age is not far off Ed and Ollie’s combined and because his son, Lewis, was born in January.
Duncan grew up in Edinburgh and played with various (mainly orchestral) groups around Scotland until work commitments meant an enforced break from playing. After moving to the North East in 2000 he became involved in brass banding and, after a number of stints as a guest player, he joined Reg Vardy full time in 2017

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