Mike Sturgis – Head of Education

14 Oct 2015

mike-profile-300x300  Mike brings a wealth of experience to his role as ACM’s Head of Education. A true dual professional, he is known for being one of the UK’s top music educators and also one of its most diverse and experienced drummers.

Over a previous thirteen-year period at ACM, Mike held a variety of managerial roles. More recently, he was a Programme Leader at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London and has also managed the delivery of one of the world’s first online music degrees as Head of Education at DIME Online.

As a session musician, Mike has appeared live or on record with a variety of major pop and rock names including A-ha, Asia, Jack Bruce, David Bowie, Elton John, Steve Winwood, Sam Brown, Joss Stone, Paul Carrack, Tom Jones, Bono, Mica Paris and Wishbone Ash. On the jazz scene, he has performed with legends like Bob James, Randy Brecker and Bob Mintzer. He has also powered metal bands such as 21 Guns (ft. Thin Lizzy’s Scott Gorham), PsychoMotel (ft. Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith) and Phenomena (ft. Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and Black Country Communion). Currently, Mike is the drummer with international jazz-funk group Redtenbacher’s Funkestra.

Mike recently co-developed and released Drum Gym, his own drum education app. Additionally, he has reached drummers around the world since 1999 with his tutorial columns in Rhythm, the UK’s top drumming magazine.

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