b.mus (hons), lgsmd, p.g.dip
Buster Birch is an award-winning drummer from London who has worked with many of the UK’s finest jazz musicians. He has an honours degree in music from the University of London and a post-graduate diploma in jazz performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also studied at the Drummers Collective in New York City and privately with Jim Chapin and Joe Morello (of The Dave Brubeck Quartet).
He has performed at virtually every major concert hall and jazz club in London as well as major international festivals, toured in over 30 countries and recorded over 30 CDs. He has been a member of three “world” music groups (Terza Rima, The Branco Stoysin Trio and Heads South) who he recorded and toured with extensively. He has played for The Royal Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and deputised on West End shows including the long-running "Blood Brothers". He created his own critically acclaimed show www.busterplaysbuster.com which features the Buster Birch Jazz Quartet playing live to the screening of different classic Buster Keaton feature-length movies, for which he arranged and scored over 4hrs of music synced to the films. Current bands he can be heard playing with include ARQ (The Alison Rayner Quintet) - winners of the Parliamentary Jazz Award for "UK Best Jazz Ensemble 2018", The Jo Fooks Quartet, Heads South, The London Jazz Trio and The Halstead Jazz Club Big Band.
Buster Birch is an award-winning jazz educator. He was a professorial member of the jazz faculty at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music for seven years where he taught improvisation, musicianship, jazz repertoire and jazz history classes. He has lectured at The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Middlesex University. He is a member of La Folia (www.lafoliamusic.org) a music charity that brings together instrumentalists, singers, actors, dancers, visual artists and writers to create new music, original projects and ground-breaking performances with vulnerable members of society. He is director of the UK’s largest and longest-running jazz summer school www.theoriginalukjazzsummerschool.com, a week-long residential course hosted at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama for singers and instrumentalists of all ages and experience levels. He runs two regular jazz workshops for adult learners www.saturdayjazzworkshop.co.uk and www.tonbridgejazzworkshop.co.uk. He is the co-founder and course leader for BYMT Jazz School (www.bymt.co.uk) which runs regular jazz improvisation classes for junior and secondary school children at Bromley Music Hub. In 2017 BYMT Jazz School won the prestigious Will Michael Diploma Award for Jazz Education, a national award recognising “outstanding commitment to jazz education” and “acknowledging the work of those field practitioners who are actually delivering jazz education and in many cases helping to combat the widespread jazz phobia among classroom music teachers and instrumental tutors.”
For more information please see www.busterbirch.co.uk