Thirty drumming students are due to showcase their skills in Broadstairs

Music teacher Graham Smith is bringing his students to the stage

Thirty drumming students will perform at a showcase in Broadstairs on Sunday (June 30).

The students are from Thanet Drum Tuition which is headed up by music teacher Graham Smith.

The event will feature a live band made up of members of various local groups with the students having the opportunity to each perform a piece live.

Dad-of-one Graham started playing music when he was 13 and after a year of lessons joined a local percussion group called ‘Percussion School’. He learnt how to perform and teach African Drumming, Samba and Garage or ‘Stomp’ Percussion. In 2008 he helped write and perform a piece at the Royal Albert Hall. ​

The 28-year-old, who holds music lessons at Salmestone primary, set up Thanet Drum Tuition in Broadstairs three years ago after moving back to the isle from Lincoln with his wife and young daughter.

The showcase will be held at East Kent College, Ramsgate Road, with sets at 2pm and again at 4pm.

Graham, who lives in Ramsgate, said: “We have got around 30 students who have each chosen a song and will get on stage and perform with a live band.”

Tickets are £5 and can be bought on the Thanet Drum Tuition website here