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ABOUT

 

Welcome to Matt Brown Percussion. Here you will find information regarding tuition, recording and live work.

I am a drummer and percussionist based just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. I have been playing drum kit and percussion for nearly 15 years now, completing both my Grade 8 ABRSM Percussion and Grade 8 Rockschool Drum Kit with distinctions. 

During 2012 I was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Irish Academy of Music. I studied under Richard O'Donnell (Principal Percussionist of the RTE Symphony Orchestra) on percussion but specialising in four-mallet marimba. 

Check out his work here! 

I have a lot of live experience with local bands and orchestras including: (2009-2011) NEELB Senior Orchestra and Wind Band, (2011) The Ulster Youth Orchestra, (2012-2015) Principal Percussionist for Third Carrickfergus Brass Band, (2014) European Youth Brass Band and (2013 - Present) New Irish Choir and Orchestra.

I am working the wedding music scene across the whole of Ireland having played for MOJO Wedding Band, The Bentley Boys and currently Exclusive. 

Tuition

 

I have been teaching pupils of all ages on both drum kit and percussion for the past 5 years, in various schools and privately at home. My lessons are structured for your individual needs, I can teach any grade pieces from Trinity or Rockschool and also any style of music. I get to know what sort of music my students prefer and tailor their lessons accordingly.

At home I have a full range of percussion equipment on hand, including three Pedal Timpani and a 5 Octave Marimba, as well as a Mapex Drum Kit and PA System for playing along to music. 

Lesson Durations

Drum Kit - 45 Minutes

Percussion - 1 Hour 

If you would like to know more about my lessons and for pricing, please contact me via email or phone. Details can be found on the contact page.  

STUDIO

 

Recently I began a Music Technology course at Queens University Belfast and have been branching out into some studio work. I have a home studio complete with Pro Tools, Neumann, Audix, Sennheiser and Focusrite equipment. If you would like any drums or percussion put on your song, I would be more than happy to help you out. 

 

Check out my discography below.

 

I have played on a number of different albums in various studios across Northern Ireland, including A New Irish Christmas at Red Box Recording Studio, Emily McGarvey - The Crossroads at Sonic Visuals Recording Studio. I had the pleasure of playing percussion on Bluetree's - Live In Oklahoma in 2013 and more recently drums on Victim Royal's self entitled EP.  

MARIMBA

I am fortunate enough to be one of the few people in the whole of Ireland who own a 5 Octave Marimba. The marimba is for me one of the special instruments in the percussion family. I fell in love with the warm and luxurious sounds of the marimba at an early age. 

During 2012 I was awarded a Scholarship for the Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin, I travelled from Belfast down every weekend to study Four-Mallet Marimba under Richard O'Donnell. 

I am very passionate about my instrument and with such a distinctive sound it makes it unique for the likes of Wedding Drink Receptions, Ceremonies and Functions. I am more than happy to arrange and learn specific songs on request.

Repertoire

 

Popular Music

  • Adele - Someone Like You
  • Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
  • Coldplay - Viva La Vida
  • Ellie Goulding - Your Song
  • Idina Menzel - Let It Go
  • One Republic - Secrets
  • Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
  • The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
  • True Romance - You're So Cool (Hans Zimmer)
  • The Wanted - Glad You Came
  • Faithless - Insomnia
  • Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
  • Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
  • P!NK - Try
  • Birdy - Wings
  • Ben E King - Stand By Me
  • Bruno Mars - Marry You
  • Callum Scott - Dancing On My Own
  • Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love
  • A Great Big World - Say Something
  • SIA - Chandelier
  • Adele - Make You Feel My Love
  • Rachel Platten - Fight Song
  • Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah 
  • Glen Hansard - Falling Slowly
  • Damien Rice - Cannonball
  • Beatles - Let It Be
  • Sixpence - Kiss Me
  • Maroon 5 - Payphone
  • Coldplay - Clocks
 

Classical Music

  • Alice Gomez - Rain Dance
  • Anon - Exercise 5
  • Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata
  • Evelyn Glennie - A Little Prayer
  • Mitchell Peters - Yellow After The Rain
  • Monti - Czardas
  • Pachelbel - Canon in D
  • Rimsky Korsakov - Flight Of The Bumblebee
  • Bach - Cello Suite No. 1 (Prelude)
  • Ludovico Einaudi - I Giorni
  • Ludovico Einaudi - Nightbook
  • Ludovico Einaudi - Le Onde
  • Yiruma - River Flows In You
 

Check out my Marimba Promo Video below!

MEdia

Superstition Drum Cover - Matt Brown

 

 Watch more videos

 

DRums on VIctim ROyal EP

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CONTACT

 

MATT BROWN

07999 914910

mattbrownpercussion@gmail.com

Photos: Goldy Solutions and Mark Elliott Photography