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who is lee


Lee Smith is a professional drummer and teacher from Northamptonshire who has been playing drums for nearly 20 years. He graduated from the ACM in Guildford and has studied drums with Ian Self, Pete Riley and taken instruction from Phil Solomon and Joe Morello.

Lee has played almost all styles imaginable from brass band, big band, prog rock, funk and fusion. He has played the Glastonbury festival, Melloboat festival and has performed gigs with current Yardbirds guitarist Ben King.

Lee currently teaches at his own “Drumsmith” studio as well as for Northants Music & Performing Arts Service in schools.

Lee plays:

  • Yamaha Ludwig,¬†Gretsch Premier or Mapex drums (depending on his mood!)
  • 14 x 6 Gary Noonan hammered brass custom snare (you gotta feel this thing… we have ;-) )
  • Sabian cymbals
  • Tama Iron Cobra pedals
  • and endorses Regal Tip drumsticks, brushes and mallets as a proud member of the Keyplayer programme