Andrew Hewitt, dubbed as "Australia's most inspirational drummer", is starting to become one of the most talked about drummers on the national and international drumming and disability communities.
He was born with Cerebral Palsy, which restricts movement in his arms and legs, which forces him to use a wheelchair. This has made drumming a very serious challenge.
Despite this, over the past 20 years Andrew has worked successfully as a Performing Artist, Drum Teacher, Drum set Clinician, Motivational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, and Disability Advocate.
Andrew travels regularly performing and hosting drum and percussion workshops all over Australia. Performances include: Australia's Ultimate Drummers' Weekend 2009 (with Mike Mignogna and Dom Famularo), Roland V-Drum Festival Sydney 2010, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2008, Awakenings Festival, Horsham 2008, and various other disability arts festivals, conferences and expos.
On top of this, Andrew runs his own drum teaching studio in Western Sydney, where he teaches students of all abilities. When Andrew teaches, it's not about finding the next Ringo or Bonzo, it's about building the student's confidence and empowering them so they understand anything is achievable.
In March 2013, Andrew travelled to the United States to attend a 3 day train the trainer seminar for Eddie Tuduri's TRAP program (The Rhythmic Arts Project), a workshop based program to teach people with disabilities to read, spell, count and use life skills using drums and percussion. He has become Australia's first TRAP facilitator, which he is running TRAP workshops under the banner TRAP'D - The Rhythmic Arts Project Downunder and is starting to build clientelle for TRAP’D workshops across Australia.
While in the United States, Andrew did a clinic performance sponsored by Zildjian Cymbals for other TRAP Trainees and clients of United Cerebral Palsy at the Westside Community Center in Santa Barbara, California, then travelled to New York to meet with Dom Famularo, Mike Mignogna and David Segal with a purpose to form new global organisation Can-Do Musos.
Can-Do Musos was established to give a new voice to musicians and bands with challenges from all over the world. So far we have over 100 musicians and bands listed on our website from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America and Venezuela. Our website can be found at http://www.candomusos.com
Andrew has appeared globally in publications such as Modern Drummer (USA), DRUM!, Rhythm (UK), The Black Page (Canada) and regularly in Australia's own Drumscene magazine.
Andrew's playing style is very much based on 70s rock, with a bit of a touch of new groove style rock thrown in for good measure.
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