The recent summer music exam period has seen a very encouraging level of high marks across our students and we would like to acknowledge the hard work put into achieving such excellent grades from students and tutors.
The number of “merit” and “distinction” scores awarded to pupils of all ages across the different examination boards is a pleasure to see. In particular, drum student Cameron Tate is just eight-years old and has achieved 91% in his grade five drum kit exam, which is a completely mind-blowing feat. Cameron undertakes drum tuition with tutor Alex Langford-Taylor and is already one serious drummer. When he is older, he is going to be a truly amazing musician if he keeps progressing at this rate.
Cameron first picked up a pair of sticks at the age of three after telling his parents he wanted to play the drums – with a neighbour kindly donating a starter kit. Inspired by great drummers including Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and the late John Bonham from Led Zeppelin, Cameron said of his next ambition: “I want to pass my grade eight exam, I really enjoy smashing the drums.” and “It was amazing to pass my grade five. I was a little nervous but I didn’t show it, my friends went ‘wow’ when I told them.”
“Cameron is a natural”
Cameron, who jams with his dad Peter, who plays the guitar, is now in the process of starting a band. And already an established singer/songwriter – having written No Measures, No Answers which he performed as a five-year-old in front of hundreds of the people at the Victoria Hall in a Booth’s Music concert, it is bound to be a success.
Alex, who has taught Cameron here at Booth’s Music from a very young age told us “Cameron is a natural, I am so proud of him. Passing grade five at his age is a great achievement.”
Sister Arienne, aged 10, studies piano lessons here at Booth’s Music and now even she can forgive her brother for waking her up by playing his drums. She said: “It was annoying but now he has done really well.”
Mr Tate said: “Both the children said they wanted to play, it was their idea. We give them guidance.
“Well Done” to all our pupils here at Booths who have achieved success in the recent examinations. All of us here at Booths are extremely proud of your hard work and it is rewarding to witness so many younger students develop into such high achieving musicians.
Cameron’s achievement was featured in the Bolton News, which you can read HERE.