Ben Vleminckx is a freelance professional drummer and percussionist, having graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA (Hons) in Music in July 2012. Originally from Helston, Cornwall, he is now based in Bath, Somerset. Ben started playing drum kit and percussion at a young age, learning with James Robinson, Percussion Team Leader for Music Cornwall. He studied at Helston Community College where he was a vaulable member of several musical ensembles including the award winning Helston School Jazz Orchestra. Ben also performed with the championship section Helston and Camborne Bands, as well as the Cornwall Youth Percussion Ensemble. Also an experienced pit musician, he has played percussion and drums for various shows.
Having completed his studies at Helston, Ben spent a short time studying at the Royal Marines School of Music at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth. There he studied under Dr. Matthew King of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Ben continued his gap year working as a Teaching Assistant where he developed a passion for education. He then accepted a place at Bath Spa University on a three year BA Music course.
During his time at Bath Spa, he performed in several concerts at venues including Bath Abbey, Wells Cathedral and The Assembly Rooms, Bath. The course included a variety of musical aspects such as performance, composition, musicology, music analysis and professional development. As part of the performance module, Ben performed five recitals on percussion which included repetoire by Evelyn Glennie, Paul Smadbeck, John Beck, Steve Reich and Cameron Sinclair. Ben played in several BSU ensembles and continued his involvement in brass bands with Tongwynlais Temperance and Flowers. During his final year he formed and conducted the Bath Spa University Big Band.
Ben is now a Senior Instrumental Tutor for BANES Muisc Service and a Professional Animateur with the Bath Philharmonia’s education department, Music in Action. He is also working as a drum technician for Robert Brian, assiting with his UK clinics and gigs, and offering drum and percussion lessons to students of all ages and ability.
Ben is endorsed by Bosphorus Cymbals and Bopworks Jazz Drumsticks.
Ben offers private tuition on an individual and small group basis. Do you want to learn in the comfort of your own home? Ben can come to you for no extra costs or come to him at Stage 2 Studios in Bath.
Need a Drum Kit? Ben offers a kit rental scheme to allow you to learn and practice in your own home.
Please enquire for more information and lesson rates.
Drum lessons available Bath, Bristol, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Swindon, Salisbury and Glastonbury areas.