Josh has been playing the drums since the age of 4. He has had the opportunities to play with many great musicians at various venues and events; gaining experience as a session drummer in both live and studio settings. These have included being part of a team of session musicians, through to stepping into an established band at short notice for a gig.
Josh believes in working hard, both in preparing and in delivery. He is quick at learning and developing parts; something that he have been commended for. Josh is constantly striving to develop his skills further and has previously taken drum lessons.
He has experience of working with clicks and backing tracks; including working with live visuals running from click. Being equally as confident at maintaining consistent tempos without a click.
Josh is a friendly, polite and well mannered person. He gets along well with other people; having good communication skills and enjoying working as part of a team to complete tasks. An example of using these skills is when he drummed at the Bradford City Wide Christmas Celebration at Bradford Cathedral in December 2009; Josh had never played with the rest of the band before, so had to work alongside them and communicate well to decide on song arrangements and to allow the celebration to run smoothly.
He used to help run a youth club, where he used good social skills to interact with the young people, but also had to show responsibility. Another example of using these skills is whilst giving drum lessons at a youth group, as part of a music project, where young people got the chance to take 10 weeks of music lessons. In the process they learnt 2 songs, which they then performed and recorded with other young people who had learnt other instruments.
Josh is a volunteer for a local organisation called Vision. In 2009 he spent a fortnight visiting several high schools, taking music lessons, in which he led drum workshops, which involved giving clear instructions to a group of young people as well as demonstrating tasks to them. During this fortnight Josh was part of one of several teams and one of one hundred volunteers. This meant that he had to be good at communicating, not only in the team, but with other volunteers too.
Josh is well organised and good at planning, enjoys problem solving and working to deadlines. He have used these skills learn songs on time and to a high standard for sessions and to undertake administrative tasks, such as diary managing.
He is conscientious and reliable, and whether in voluntary work, part time work or in academic work, is regularly praised for working hard, listening well and carrying out tasks as requested.
Josh is a trustworthy person; when drumming for a local band (Rufus Garside) he was responsible for holding the key to a local community centre and was in charge of opening up and locking up before and after practices and performances.
Played live performances with various artists, bands, singer / songwriters and teams, including:
Rufus Garside – Involved with monthly youth worship events
Revive – Rawtenstall based band
Noel Richards – International Recording Artist
Dave Godfrey – Nationwide Children’s Worker
Rich Jones – Singer / Songwriter
Paul Saxon – Singer / Songwriter
Andy Gray – Nationwide Children’s Worker
Josh Kane – Singer / Songwriter
Martin Hardwicke – Worship Leader
Alison Loring – Worship Leader
Dave Wilkin – Worship Leader / Songwriter
Signpost – Oswaldtwistle based band
Bradford Churches Choir
Refresh – Worship Team
The Mission – Worship Team
Union Road Community Church – Worship Team
Melbourne Street Christian Institute – Worship Team
Helmshore Christian Fellowship – Worship Team
Josh has played at many events, including:
Ignition 2009 – www.thevisionwebsite.com
Vision 2009, 2010 – www.thevisionwebsite.com
Vision at Whitworth High School 2010 – www.thevisionwebsite.com
No Limits – December 2010 – www.litenite.org.uk
Bradford City Wide Christmas Celebration 2009 – Bradford Cathedral
Renew Women’s Conferences 2009, 2010 – St Mary’s Church, Rawtenstall
Melbourne Street Christian Institute Fun Day 2001 – 2008
Houghton Church Weekend 2008
Union Road Community Church Opening Weekend 2009
Scripture Union Holidays 2006, 2007
Young Musician Of The Year Competition – St Christophers C.E. High School 2006
The Wizard Of Oz – Hippings Methodist Primary School 2001
Josh has played at many venues, including:
St Mary’s Church, Rawtenstall
St Paul’s Church, Rawtenstall
The Mission, Nelson
Lancaster Royal Grammar School
Sir Charles Napier, Blackburn
Accrington Town Hall
Josh has worked in the studio with different artists, including:
Daniel Stirling – Drummed on the track “No Matter”
Signpost – Drummed on the album “Are Your Ready For Christmas?”
The White Horse Project – Drummed on the tracks “You’ve Got The Love” and “Don’t Stop Believing”
Josh is enthusiastic to expand on the experiences he has gained in both live and studio session work. He would love to continue working with musicians of a high standard, meeting new musicians in the process, and play at high profile events.
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