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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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!
Superstition Drum Cover - Matt Brown
Watch more videos
DRums on VIctim ROyal EP
Photos: Goldy Solutions and Mark Elliott Photography