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Pete Riley has recorded and toured with a wide variety of artists including Keith Emerson, Republica, Guthrie Govan and Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley. He currently plays for ’60’s icons The Manfreds.

He’s been a familiar face on the UK drumming and education scene for many years thanks to his decades long contributions to Rhythm Magazine and ACM in Guildford; he currently teaches at WaterBear in Brighton.

He also has many drumming books and DVD’s to his credits and you can find his latest ideas, lessons and concepts on his YouTube channel, ‘Pete Riley Drums’.


Ian started playing drums at the age of nine.

He comes from a family of drummers where both uncles, Carl and Steve, are professional musicians. Carl found fame with the bands Emerson Lake and Palmer and Asia whilst Steve took a different route in drumming, becoming an accomplished jazz drummer and educator.

Thanks to the support of Ian’s parents, he was fortunate enough to study with a number of fine drummers. Ian‘s first teacher, Malcolm Garrett was highly influential during Ian’s formative years. In his late teens, Ian studied with the legendary drummers Joe Morello and Jim Chapin. Later, he spent time studying with Jeff Hamilton, Peter Erskine, David Garibaldi and someone who became a valued mentor, the late great Dom Famularo.

He was a member of the award-winning Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra and around this time formed his own Jazz Quintet featuring Guy Barker (Trumpet), Dave O’Higgins (Tenor Saxophone), Dave Newton (Piano) & Alec Dankworth (Bass). It was this band that recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s, London and was featured on BBC daytime TV program Pebble Mill.

In his late teens, Ian was a founder member of the alternative pop band Budapest.

Ian played on saxophonist Alan Skidmore's Quartet for a few years and appeared on three albums on ITM Records; Live at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall (along with Georgie Fame), Impressions of Coltrane and a double album Naima, the latter featuring Ian on one side and the legendary British drummer Tony Levin on the other. This turned out to be Tony's last ever recording. Very recently, Alan released his anthology album, which featured Ian on four tracks.

As a sideman, Ian has performed in many groups and ensembles. He has had the opportunity to perform with many notable instrumentalists and writers, a diverse list includes Randy Brecker, Martin Taylor, Tal Farlow, Bobby Shew, Don Rader, Mornington Lockett, Pete King, Alan Price, Roy Wood, Jane McDonald, Nigel Kennedy, Salena Jones, Humphrey Lyttleton and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO).

Demonstrating a wide taste in music, Ian tries to push the boundaries in his artistic pursuit. In 2010, he was a founder of the chart-hit group The Ghosts, along with singer/songwriter Alex Starling (formerly of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool). Around this time, Ian played on Norwegian singer/songwriter Thomas Dybdahl’s hit single, “This Love Is Here To Stay” from the album “What’s Left Is Forever”. This track featured Ian alongside bassist Larry Klein and the late guitarist Dean Parks.

In addition to this work, Ian co-founded the hugely successful series of concerts ‘The World’s Greatest Drummer’ in honour of the man known by this title, Buddy Rich. These shows were originally the brainchild of Ian and his late friend Jon Brookes of British band The Charlatans. Premiering in 2007, these concerts have featured some of the world’s most famous drummers, including Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, Keith Carlock and Benny Greb.

Ian performs regularly with legendary British session guitarist Ray Russell. Along with Ray, Johnny Thirkell (Trumpet), Simon Willescroft (Saxophone), Tom O'Grady (Electric Piano) and George Baldwin (Electric Bass), Ian was a headline artist at The London Drum Show 2017 at Olympia, London, also playing alongside the great drummer Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock).

Ian recently performed with Ray at the memorial concert for their dear friend, the bass player Mo Foster. At this concert, Ian played double drums with drummer, Simon Phillips. The video recording of this concert is due for release later this year.

Ian is regularly hired by LA session arranger Richard Niles, with whom he has recorded a number of albums in the last three years including:

  • Bandzilla Rises - Richard’s contemporary 'pop' big band project Bandzilla. The latest release features Randy Brecker, Lamont Dozier Jr, Leo Sayer, Nigel Hitchcock and Steve Hamilton.
  • Eric Henderson (guitarist) - Featuring Ian and bassist Mark Egan
  • Niles Smiles - Featuring Mark Egan (bass), Jonny Thirkell (Trumpet), Snake Davis (Alto Saxophone)
  • Richard Niles and Dennis Karmazyn (cellist) - Featuring Clive Dunstable (piano) and Mark Egan (bass)

Ian also performed on the movie and album soundtrack to Tomb Raider written by Peter Conolly featuring Tina Guo (cello), Nigel Hitchcock (alto saxophone) Jonny Thirkell (trumpet) and Laurence Cottle (bass). Most recently Ian has collaborated with pianist Steve Hamilton on a new original jazz group featuring Martin Williams (tenor saxophone) and Laurence Cottle (bass). Look out for their debut release later this year. Ian is an endorsee for Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Protection Racket Cases and Prologix Practice Pads.

Ian recently relocated from London to the historic town of Stratford upon Avon. Aside from music, Ian has another passion, aviation; he is a Senior Training Captain (Airbus A330 Instructor and Examiner) for Virgin Atlantic Airways based at London's Heathrow Airport.


Vince Dunn over the last 30 years has performed with artist in the jazz and pop world such as ,Leon Ware, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Pharrell Williams to Award winning jazz artists Jim Mullen, Courtney Pine, Liane Carroll.

Vince is the co-founder of the London Drum Clinic and runs the very successful Vince Dunn Orchestra who perform an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin, foot tapping funk and classic big band swing. Whilst freelancing still makes time to teach and and give tutorials.

The Show

Simon John's Vintage Drum Show is an annual event organised, promoted and managed by drummers for drummers to provide an opportunity for the display, promotion, trading of drums, associated products/items and drumming skills to be available to the drummers and potential drummers of the UK and beyond. It is a non-profit organisation and seeks to be self-funding.

The 2024 show will be held over the weekend of 12th and 13th October at the Standard Triumph Club in Coventry.

City of Coventry

A fascinating city in its own right, Coventry is at the heart of the English Midlands - close to Birmingham, Leicester and the historic towns of Worcester, Leamington and Stratford upon Avon.

The city of Lady Godiva is steeped in history - it was briefly the capital of England in the 15th century - and with two universities and a population of 300,000, it offers plenty of culture including the Coventry Music Museum and some lively nightlife and live music in the nearby suburb of Earlsdon.

Accomodation Nearby

The Village
Dolomite Avenue
Coventry Business Park
Coventry, CV4 9GZ
Phone : 02477 710860

Literally a stones throw away, the Village has everything you want from a hotel - gym, swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Easy access from the A45 via M6 and M69 or Canley Railway Station.

Premier Inn, Earlsdon Park
53 Butts Road
Coventry CV1 3BH
Phone : 0871 527 9318

Set in a prominent art deco building, this is a modern no-frills hotel 1.5 miles away. Rooms feature en suite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Kids aged 15 and under eat and stay free with a paying adult. Easy access from the A45 via M6 and M69 or Canley Railway Station.

The Old Hall Hotel
Tamworth Road
Coventry CV6 2EJ
Phone : 024 7518 6000

The Old Hall Hotel is a luxury hotel in Coventry, set in a restored listed building. It’s the perfect spot for weekend break

Find Us

At the 2024 Show

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32 Exhibition Stands

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Over 30 Kits Displayed

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Vintage Vault Section

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Over 2 Full Days

book a stand

A Single Stand (shown in green) is £45 per day, Double stands (yellow) are £60 per day


Been there, done that, now get the T Shirt!

A collection of T shirts, beanie hats, mugs, even badges, stickers and other goodies will be available at the show.


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Lloyd Ryan gave a drumming demonstration playing on the Sakae Trilogy Vintage Club Oyster kit.


With a show featuring Jack Ambling, Sticky Wickett and Neil Bullock


With a visit from at Nick and Ryan at Drum Dog


A Percussion Discussion Podcast


Performance by Pete Cater


Performance by Vince Dunn


Neil Bullock with a demonstration of basic brush technique