The early years. Jack began his performance career at the age of 9, singing in his first of 4 productions at the State Theatre, with The (then) Australian Opera and Victorian State Opera. A scholarship student (on drums/percussion) at Blackburn High, Jack won every award in Australia with the Blackburn Stage Band; including 1st place at Generations In Jazz - Div 1 (Jack selected for James Morrison Superband), first place at South Street and Melbourne Bands Festival, and in 1998 Jack was the second youngest ever to win the open division of Australia's Best Up & Coming Drummer Competition, after topping the state in the VCE Drumkit exams in 1997. In 1996 and 1997 Jack performed at all VCE Percussion workshops, and he was selected to perform at The VCE Excellence Concert, and the State CAT Show (now called Top Acts). Jack was accepted into the Victorian College Of The Arts and Box Hill College in 1997.
As a performer, Jack Bennett has performed with a wide variety of artists, including; Hugh Sheridan, John Cameron Mitchell, Paulini (Aus Idol), Prinnie Stevens (The Voice), Mig Ayesa (Rockstar INXS), Natalie Bathingswaite (Rogue Traders), Anthony Warlow, iOta, Adam Thompson (Chocolate Starfish), Darren Coggan, Rhonda Birchmore and many others. Tribute shows including Bjorn Again, The Elton John Experience, and Elton Jack. National theatre tours of Hair, Grease, Moonshadows, Shout, Hedwig & The Angry Inch. Corporate Bands including Chunky Jam, Louie & The Party Boyz, Spin, Grandwazoo and 23 Past, as well as Jazz with artists such as Jack Pantazis, Ross Irwin, The Australian Showband and MOJO Big Band. Jack has also been accepted onto the Cirque du Soleil casting artist list for both Drums and Percussion.
As a teacher, Jack runs world renowned teaching site (since 2005), which has a private membership of over 107,000 drummers worldwide, 20 million website views, 4.5 million youtube views, 32k youtube subs, and he has produced 15 DVD sets, sold nation-wide in Billy Hyde stores and online. He has also written 2 books. Jack has 3 solos on the VCE syllabus and 6 on the ANZCA syllabus. He has been featured in Drumscene magazine, Rhythm UK magazine and The Age. Jack has had students place in the finals of the national AUDW competition, and he won the open division himself in 1998, 2nd youngest ever at the time. Jack also teaches locally in private and public schools and through Skype, Zoom & Teams. Jack endorses Sleishman Drums, and in 2009 Sleishman launched the Jack Bennett Signature Snare Drum worldwide, to critical acclaim.
Most recently Jack has signed with a company in Taiwan to bring the first ever live broadcast drum lessons into mainland China, kicking off with a live promotional event streamed from Melbourne into Tianjin, to over 100 Chinese drummers, watch this space!
LESSONS ON THE GO?
Got your sticks?
While the majority of our lessons are obviously delivered with both of us at our drumkits, occasionally students want lessons away from their kit. This could be if you're away from home or your kit, and you want to focus on rudimental technique, patterns and counting etc. Here all you need is your sticks, something to hit, and reliable internet!