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North Shropshire, West Midlands-North West England, UK
band: SESSION DRUMMER
STICK SIZE: 5B // 5BR
As a disabled musician, my drumming has always attracted attention from others – but my aim is to always strive for greatness in my playing, regardless of my disability.
I have been privileged to have played drums across the world since 2003, reaching the grand final of the Young Drummer of Year Competition in 2007, as well as being in a variety of bands, from rock, to garage, to hip hop, and even the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra. I have also played in some very prestigious venues, such as the Theatre Liceu in Barcelona, hosted drum clinics across Europe and the USA, and have played as the House Band Drummer got Channel 4’s ‘The Last Leg’.
I am continuing to passionately play, demonstrating that disabled musicians are not to be considered second best, but can really make their mark on the world of music. I am available for session and band work (with a high profile resume to support my playing) and am an accomplished online musician, amassing tends of thousands of followers on social media (particularly YouTube and Instagram) as well as viewing and engagement figures often reaching into the millions on my videos.
I am privileged to play 5B / 5BR collision drumsticks – choosing my favourite aspect of this brand is impossible, as for me it’s a combination of product excellence and brand community. The drumsticks themselves are beautifully crafted, aesthetically pleasing (I love the darker tone and visible wood lines in the hickory) and wonderfully weighted, producing a sound which perfectly complements my discerning taste for high quality musical gear. I am also a huge fan of the brand community – the support from Collision is unparalleled, the artist community is fantastic, and I would recommend Collision in a heart beat, as the professional yet family-like nature of Collision provides any artist to forge an exceptional partnership and work collaboratively to achieve musical greatness.
“Cornel is an exceedingly talented and highly professional drummer and bassist. It was a privilege to work with him a large Conference in Wales last year and I hope to have many more such opportunities.”
– C. Conway.