name is Mark Driscoll and here is my musical resume
am a guitar, drum and bass teacher based in Bromley, Kent. I
have been fully DBS checked and I teach at my home studio or
at a students own home if required. Please read on to see my
began my musical training in 1988 by learning to play the guitar.
formed my first band with friends about 2 years later. I ran
this band for the next 10 years through various name and line
up changes playing, rock, blues, rock and roll, 60’s soul
and reggae covers. The band gigged regularly in the London and
Kent area, often playing 2 to 3 times a week.
helped me to develop as a versatile guitarist, as I provided
both the lead and rhythm back bone of the band. It also helped
me develop my understanding of different rhythms, styles of
music, various time signatures and even gave me a good training
in time keeping. It was during these years that I first started
messing about on the drums, often jumping on the kit during
breaks in rehearsals and at the end of sessions.
this period I was teaching guitar to a few students but was
mainly concentrated on my own playing. I had branched out into
original projects as a guitarist in a pop band and as a bass
player in a rock band. Both of these bands played in various
London venues including The Rock Garden. From 1996-2000 I was
also playing main guitar in a duo covering a wide range of material
and gigging throughout London, Essex and Kent.
March 2004 having taken a few years out of gigging and teaching,
I formed a new band with my old drummer and bass player. We
called ourselves Adrenalin Switch and with a new singer have
been performing more and more ever since. We cover material
from Hendrix, Cream, ZZ Top, Kravitz, Nirvana, Foo Fighters,
Metallica and many more! Check out the link for the bands YouTube
on the links page!
taught guitar to many people over the years in early 2006 I
decided to start teaching more seriously and started building
up my guitar and bass lessons. It was also at this point that
I started getting more serious about the drums. I began practicing
at least twice each week at Ascape Studios and started pushing
my playing more and more.
In early 2008 I began teaching a girl student the guitar who
was also learning the drums. We began regularly practicing together
and within a year she was playing with my band. My old drummer
had unfortunately had to leave the band and we were between
drummers at the time. She would play guitar and I would drum
for the first set and then we would swap over.
May 2009 while I was setting up a band for this same girl student
I arranged for the sister of one of my other guitar students
to come down and drum for her. She had been having drum lessons
at school for about 18 months, but when she turned up she could
hardly keep a rhythm together. The girl was so impressed with
my drumming that she asked me to teach her and I have been doing
so ever since. She is now able to play a wide range of rhythms
and capable of playing in a band and has even played live at
a few gigs that I organized.
recently decided that as a complement to my guitar and bass
lessons it was time for me to also start teaching the drums.
I now offer drum lessons either at my home studio or at the
students home if they have their own kit. The lesson prices
vary so for more information on my drum lessons including rates,
please go to the lessons page.
still regularly teach electric, acoustic and bass guitar lessons
from my home studio and also travel to some students. Information
regarding these lessons can be found on my guitar lessons website
a link for which can be found on the links page.
things up to date as of 2020
November 2011 having run my band Adrenalin Switch for over 7
years we finally played our last gig at the same local Bromley
pub where it had started The Railway Hotel. We had at our peak
played 7-8 gigs a week, virtually every Friday and Saturday
night, and regularly played to over 100 people at the Railway.
the next couple of years I focused on my teaching and also helping
some of my students with their own bands. In 2014 I decided
to get back into live playing and feeling like a change decided
to concentrate on drumming this time. I joined a band called
Frankhams Flashbacks and played a few gigs with them until they
split up in 2015.
a couple of tries at putting together my own band I finally
formed a band called Mark In Time with a couple of my students
and one of their friends. At that time they were all aged about
18-19 years old. I had taught one of the students guitar since
he was about 12 and the other bass and guitar since he was about
14. The bass players friend was already an accomplished drummer
and singer. We played our first official gig together in May
2017 with me swapping from guitar in the first set and changing
to drums in the second. The two students played bass and guitar
with the bass players friend singing and swapping with me from
playing the drums in the first set to playing rhythm guitar
in the second.
played about 18 gigs in 2018 and when the singer left at the
start of 2019 I swapped to just playing the drums. At that point
we had a female singer join us along with a guitarist. This
guitarist then left towards the end of 2019 and my student playing
bass then switched to the guitar. Luckily the partner of our
female singers was an experienced bass player and he took over
the bass playing duties.
have been playing together with this lineup since then and if
you would like to check out the band and maybe see us play please
find a link to the bands Facebook and Youtube pages on the links
well as gigging I am still teaching more and more students the
guitar, bass and drums so for more information please check
out the rest of the website. Thanks for reading and I hope you
find the site helpful and interesting.