Band's farewell tour for top drummer

A Dereham drummer who was first taught at and now teaches at the JDT Music School is celebrating a Grade 8 distinction pass with a tour with his band in locations from an aircraft hangar to a windmill.

A Dereham drummer who was first taught at and now teaches at the JDT Music School is celebrating a Grade 8 distinction pass with a tour with his band in locations from an aircraft hangar to a windmill.

Steve Corrigan, 18, from Colkirk, will be touring with the band, Spinoff, before he embarks on a two-year drumming academy programme at the London Drum Tech.

The farewell tour, dubbed the eight wild nights tour, will include locations as diverse as a Wherry Barge, an ice rink, a windmill, a water hole (a club in Holland) and an aircraft hangar.

Gary Winter, singer with the band, said: 'As a band we felt the mock tour was a great way to celebrate the band and have some fun. 'We are immensely proud of Stevo. He's a young guy with ambition and a lot of talent, soon to be a session player for major artists I am certain.

'I was really pleased when he agreed to be part of the band, always knowing it would have a short lifespan, but also knowing we would have a great time in the eight months before he goes.'

The four-piece band plays songs by bands from the Kings of Leon and Oasis to the Ting Tings.

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Simon Rudd, guitarist said: 'We are just having as much fun as we can until Steve goes, but you couldn't replace him.'

The full line up features Steve Corrigan on drums, Andy Dunnett on bass, Simon Rudd on guitar and Gary Winter vocals/guitar.

Spinoff's final performance is due to take place at The Lancaster Suite, Holiday Inn, Norwich Airport on September 6.

Others are on March 21 at The Albatros, Wells Harbour, admission free, and Holiday Inn, Amsterdam Way, Norwich Airport, tickets �5.

For details of go to www.gary-winter.com.