Percussive arts school creates a bang

TASMANIAN-born musician Phillip Campbell has returned to the state to establish Hobart’s first School of Percussive Arts (SOPA).

Located on the Eastern Shore, SOPA will give aspiring percussive artists the chance to hone their skills in the areas of drumming, piano, musicianship and the performing arts.

Mr Campbell said the main aim of the school was to develop young Tasmanian drummers and give them the opportunity to perform in streets and festivals.

Students will also get the chance to become a part of a performance-based ‘Drum Corps’.

“So many exciting things are happening in and around Hobart in the music and arts scene and, with my partner and newborn baby, I just wanted to be a part of it,” Mr Campbell said.

“SOPA will be really theatrical based and provide a lot of excitement for performers.”

Students will learn under the tutelage of Mr Campbell, who has played drums and percussion for a number of popular Australian mainstream and urban recording artists.

Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, Jackie Orszaczky, the Electric Pandas, Marcia Hines, Margaret Urlich, multi ARIA award-winning band 1927 and the late Jon English are just some of the musicians he has rubbed shoulders with during his career.

Mr Campbell said he hoped to attract 16 to 20-year-olds on the cusp of their percussive careers.

“We pride ourselves on our progressive curriculum and encourage students to challenge their abilities and go beyond individual musical boundaries,” he said.

SOPA’s carefully planned training sessions will be designed to provide a practical understanding of rhythm movement and musicianship.

For more information, visit www.sopatas.com, the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sopatasmania or email info@sopatas.com.

Caption: School of Percussive Arts principal Phillip Campbell and his daughter Mia.