Former STATUS QUO Drummer's Rockin' School

Ben Clover of the Wimbledon Post has issued the following report:

Kids don't normally need any help making a racket.

But when the former drummer with rock giants STATUS QUO dropped into Poplar Primary School, Morden, to give some expert tuition, it could have been a scene from the film, "School of Rock".

Jeff Rich played with STATUS QUO for 15 years as well as Brit-metal titans DEF LEPPARD.

Since leaving the QUO, he has been teaching children the basics of drumming.

At Poplar on Thursday last week, he spoke of his musical journey which began when be bought his first drum by saving up the money from his paper round.

He went on to play in stadiums across the world with the QUO.

He also told the kids what it is like to play on "Top of the Pops" and exploded some of the myths about showbiz.

Later he gave a demonstration of the drum skills that powered QUO hits like "Down Down" and "Rockin' All Over The World".

The grand finale of the masterclass saw the kids join in.

About 200 pupils from Year 3 upwards were handed percussion, from drums and bells to glockenspiel, and joined in a rhythmic jam session.



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