Education Room

with Mike Johnston


Following his outstanding appearance at The UK Drum Show back in 2022 and 2023, we’re massively excited to welcome back the incredible Mike Johnston to The UK Drum Show 2024, as the resident host of our Education Room.

This room will see Mike along with world-class drum educators, delivering lessons over the course of the weekend, giving visitors the chance to truly learn from the Pros.



11:00 Richard Spaven: Contemporary Hip Hop
12:45 Christin Neddens: Groove, Feel & Time Awareness
14:15 Mike Johnston: Developing Musical Independence
16:15 Isac Jamba: Bringing the Brazilian Drumming skills to Jazz


11:00 Isac Jamba: Bringing the Brazilian Drumming skills to Jazz
12:45 Mike Johnston: Exploring The World of Linear Drumming
14:15 Christin Neddens: Groove, Feel & Time Awareness
16:15 Richard Spaven: Drum n Bass Drumming

Richard Spaven

Forging his own path into the future… With roots in the U.K. club and hip-hop scenes, Richard Spaven brings a fresh approach to the instrument that’s at once modern and traditional. Combining machine-like accuracy with jazz-influenced improvisational sensibilities, Spaven’s drumming has landed him gigs with vastly varied artists such as UK rapper Loyle Carner, Guru of hip-hop duo Gang Starr, producer Flying Lotus, jazz/hip-hop vocalist José James and Brainfeeder artist Jameszoo.

Spaven’s brilliance is evident beyond his world-class performance abilities; he’s equally impressive in production and compositional territories. And most recently, the drummer released his fifth solo record, ‘Spirit Beats’, which once again showcases his multifaceted talent. Spaven’s signature drum sound often sees him combine high-pitched, crisp snares; round, jazzy toms; and small, punchy bass drums. His cymbal choices are a sonic contrast of dry, lower-pitched hi-hats, rides, and crashes. Altogether, the drummer’s tone could be described as a nod to the past while keeping an ear toward the future.

Much like his compositions, Spaven’s drumming is elusive and genre-defying. He often avoids conventional downbeats and cadences in favor of sneaky syncopations and the types of sonic glitches you might hear from a deejay. No 16th note is left unturned within some of his drum ’n’ bass–and dubstep–influenced explorations. Words by Terry Branam / Modern Drummer

Christin Neddens

Christin studied drums and composition in Germany (with Heinz Lichius, later with Holger Nell), in the Netherlands (with Steve Altenberg, Ralph Peterson Jr.) and in Los Angeles, USA (with Aaron Serfaty, Peter Erskine and Jeff Hamilton). Based in Hamburg/Germany, she works as a freelance drummer, composer, studio drummer, clinician and international touring artist in a huge range of musical settings.

Christin has worked with Nils Landgren, the NDR Big Band and many more Pop, Jazz and Fusion acts. She has played on German TV shows, performed at international festivals such as Big Band Festival Imatra (Finland), Jazzfestival Grahamstown (South Africa), Port Townsend Jazzfestival (USA), Colours Festival Lomé (Togo, West Africa), Elbjazz & Überjazz Festival Hamburg (GER) and toured several times throughout China, India, Europe and the Middle East.

Christin composes her own music. Alongside her social media activity, she is constantly working on new drum clinic programs and contemporary drum education material. Christin endorses Meinl Cymbals, Meinl Stick & Brush, Meinl Percussion, Tama Drums, Remo Heads, Mr. Muff products, Hörluchs In-Ears and Beyer Dynamic Microphones.

Isac Jamba

Isac Jamba is a Brazilian drummer, composer, and music producer with over 25 years of experience. Known globally for mastering Brazilian rhythms, especially within the vibrant realm of “Brazilian Jazz,” Isac Jamba’s influence goes beyond his performances. He stands out as a prominent music educator, sharing his expertise with audiences worldwide through enriching educational tours.

He also conducts Workshops and Master Classes in various countries, sharing his musical and educational expertise. Isac is also committed to social projects, teaching drumming to underprivileged and special-needs children, using music as a tool for inclusion and development.

Isac is a prolific composer, with numerous tracks released on platforms like Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and Deezer. His compositions are renowned for their versatility, inspiration, and ability to convey emotions through music.

Mike Johnston - PROFILE

Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston is an American drummer and educator from Folsom California. He currently runs one of the world’s largest educational website for drummers,, where he offers live and pre-recorded drum lessons. He also hosts 10 drum camps each year at the studio in Folsom California.

At the age of 21 he received his first major label record deal with his band Simon Says and spent the next 6 years touring the world. During that time, he received a gold record for his contributions to the Varsity Blues soundtrack and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman as well as on MTV’s Fashionably Loud.

Mike left the touring world behind in 2006 and has focused solely on education ever since. Teaching and performing in hundreds of clinics and drum festivals around the world over the past 14 years including the Meinl Drum Festival, P.A.S.I.C., The UK Drum Show, The LaBag Show in Paris, and countless others.

Mike is the only drum instructor in history to be featured on the cover of the 4 major drum magazines (Modern Drummer, DRUM, Rhythm, and Drummer UK) as well as iDrum Magazine and SA Drummer.

2013 – DRUM Magazines award for educational website of the year- (
2016 – Modern Drummer Readers Poll winner for educator/clinician of the year.
2020 -Modern Drummer Readers Poll winner for educational website of the year (

Current Endorsements
• Gretsch Drums
• Meinl Cymbals
• Vic Firth Sticks
• Aquarian Drum Heads
• Audio Technica Microphones


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The Venue

ACC Liverpool, King’s Dock, Port of Liverpool
Kings Dock Street, Liverpool, L3 4FP
T: 0151 475 8888

Show Opening Times

28th – 29th Sept 2024
9am – 6pm