Status Quo drummer a hit with Letchworth pupils

CHILDREN at a Letchworth GC school were treated to a drumming masterclass from a musician who played in one of Britain’s most iconic rock bands.

Jeff Rich, who was Status Quo’s stickman from 1985 to 2000, visited Pixmore Junior School yesterday (Thursday) as he drummed his way through the ages.

Pupils at the school in Rushby Mead learnt how to play various drumming instrument up to the present day, with Jeff ending the workshop on his drum kit.

The musician has toured around 5,500 schools in the last 15 years, and during his visit to North Herts also performed at Lordship Lane Primary School in the town and Samuel Lucas School in Hitchin.

“It’s just as rewarding as playing to thousands of people,” said Jeff, who was keeping time for Status Quo hits such as In The Army Now and Rocking All Over The World.

“We’re inspiring the kids and that’s what it’s all about - a drummer inspired me when I was young. They are the next generation of musicians.”

Pixmore headteacher Alex Evans - who rocked out in an 80s wig before introducing Jeff - added: “We kept it a bit of a surprise and I think the staff have been more excited than the children! It’s an opportunity to get everybody involved with music. It’s a really good experience for them to see a drummer like Jeff who has played in a proper band.”

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