Derek has been in the industry as a live touring drummer since the mid 80’s with stops in Canada, US, Panama, Cuba, Mexico, Grand Caymans, Aruba, Haiti and Brazil. He has worked for top flight Tribute acts worldwide is a busy on-call session drummer and has worked with Royal Caribbean on cruise lines. In 2013-2014 Derek landed a spot in New York City as a performer/drummer for the Blue Man Group.
Drum Education is one of Derek’s true passions. Drum educator since 1991 - working at the Academy of Music in London as well as the famous Just Drums in Toronto. In 2015, Derek started his own studio - On Drums Studio of Drumming which led him to open his online drum business, Learn On Drums, in 2018.
Derek is also a creative songwriter and regularly frequents Nashville promoting his work. In 2014, “All Night Long” climbed the Canadian Charts to the top 40 Derek continues his pursuit of the perfect song as he is working on his first book “Be Real" which he hopes will bring together musicians, relationships and parenting. Most important of all - He is one proud father.
In 2014 Derek took his management experience with Petsmart and Office Plus Sales to the Drum Retail world as he started working in Toronto at 2 boutique shops - Just Drums and Drummers Hangout through 2020 as a customer service specialist and marketing. He is excited to bring that knowledge back to London - to build one amazing drum experience for all Local Drummers at Music City Canada. Derek always loves to talk Drums, music and tuning.
Derek is looking forward to making your drum experience a wonderful journey.