Status Quo Drummer Gives Masterclass
School pupils got a lesson in rock ’n’ roll when they had a visit from the former drummer from Status Quo. Jeff Rich, who played with the band for 16 years, gave drumming advice and demonstrations to youngsters at Ightenhill Primary School.
The 59-year-old, who recorded 14 albums with Quo before leaving in 2000, also drummed along to one of the band’s famous records.
Headteacher Kate Marney said: “He talked about how he learnt to play the drums and demonstrated techniques he had to practise and learn.
“He also gave a history of the drum from its early days without skins to drums now played in drum kits. “He demonstrated drums used now by playing an improvised drum solo and children were able to play a percussion instrument. “Two girls at school were invited to play on the drum kit and he gave them advice on their technique.
“At the end he drummed along to a Status Quo track and all children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Lots of children have been inspired to play the drums as a musical instrument.”
Jeff decided to leave the band to spend more time on his workshops at primary and secondary schools and to spend more time with his family.