The BW Faculty

Drummer playing Drum Kit.

Russ Webb

Principal Russ is from a line of professional drummers with both his father and grandfather playing professionally around the UK. Jazz and Swing drumming being the Webb family passion. From the moment he could sit up, ”Lil Webby ” was sitting behind a drum kit and traveling all over England sitting in with his dads’s working bands.

Upon finishing School at 18, Russ went on to hone his craft studying drums and percussion in the midlands and London, and when not running the family Drum Shop, he would perform extensively around the country, excelling in all musical styles.

In 2009, Russ turned professional; playing all over the UK, with hundreds of artists, live on stage and in studio sessions. He has learnt and performed a multitude of genres in his time, including; theatre, jazz, Latin, rock, pop, classical and reggae.

In honour of his late father, Brent, Russ now runs his own drum shop and teaching facility in Northampton, called ‘The BW Drum School’. Growing rapidly and extensively over the last few years, Russ is excited to launch the Kettering-based ‘Beats Academy of Music’, bringing a wealth of knowledge and teaching experience to the company.


Drummer Playing Drum Kit

Mitch Thomas

Senior Teacher Mitch comes from a rich pedigree of musicians specialising in the tuition of a host of different styles and techniques. 

With over 35 years of playing experience covering various genres of music. Specialities- Recording Technique, Rock Drumming, Double Pedal, Rock School Grading,  Vocabulary and Live Performance.


Ricardo Bonito (Porto)

Ricardo Bonito is a professional performing drummer and tutor in the UK with over 15 years of experience.

He started playing drums as a teenager and quickly fell in love with the Instrument and with the

intricacies of music creation and performance. He studied with Hugo Danin (Top Portuguese

performer and teacher) and it was with him that Ricardo’s playing was taken to the next Level.

In his early twenties, Ricardo moved to the UK and since had the chance to play in all types of

musical scenarios all over Europe from Theatre productions to up and coming mainstream acts

while helping his students achieve all of their goals.