Andrew Hewitt
Location: Sydney
Country: Australia


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Australian drummer, Andrew Hewitt 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; however this has never stood in Andrew’s way. Andrew has become a world renowned drummer, and has earned the title “Australia’s most inspirational drummer” from his peers worldwide. For over 26 years, he has worked successfully as a Drummer, Drum Teacher, Motivational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, and Disability Advocate. July 2009, Andrew entered the world stage with a performance with Dom Famularo and Mike Mignogna (Can-Do Musos) at Australia’s Ultimate Drummers Weekend in Melbourne. In November 2011, Andrew participated in Re-writing the Score, a weeklong collaboration between disabled and non-disabled at the Orange Regional Conservatorium. Andrew Hewitt Page 2 Andrew has appeared globally in publications such as Modern Drummer (USA), DRUM, Rhythm (UK), The Black Page (Canada) and Australia's own Drum scene magazine. In August 2015, Andrew was named #1 most inspirational and remarkable musician in the world by UK music magazine Raw Ramp (https://rawramp.me/2015/08/08/are-these-the-most-remarkable-andinspirational- musicians-in-the-world-drummerstix-phil_keaggy-tonyiommi/ ). Most of Andrew’s drum students have a disability. The idea isn't to find the next rock star, but to boost the student’s confidence and give them a bit of hope and guidance. There is only one rule; the word CAN’T stays outside the front door. Andrew is an Australian facilitator for TRAP (The Rhythmic Arts Project) an educational program using hand drums which came from a training seminar in Santa Barbara, CA. Andrew is a founding member of Can-Do Musos (http://www.candomusos.com ), a global voice which has been established to support musicians living with a disability from all over the world. We currently support 295 musicians from 32 countries, and as an organisation, were instrumentally involved in musicians being sourced for the British Paralympics “Yes I Can” campaign for Rio. In January 2015, Andrew did his first presentation at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California for Can-Do Musos. He was also interviewed for online Drum Talk TV. This was followed up with a brief performance for Can-Do Musos during a panel discussion at NAMM in January 2016. In July 2016, Andrew did further training by completing Arthur Hull’s drum circle facilitator training in Sydney. Andrew is the host and producer of online Can-Do Radio (http://candoradio.podomatic.com ) and Can-Do TV (http://www.vimeo.com/candomusos) shows, showcasing music from artists living with a disability from all over the world. In December 2016, Andrew was the subject of a nationwide news story for ABC News which aired on ABC News 24 TV and ABC Radio. The story was about Andrew living with Cerebral Palsy and... playing and teaching drums. In January 2017, Andrew returned to the USA and performed along with 8 other Can- Do Musos members from 4 countries on the main stage at The NAMM Show. Andrew Hewitt Page 3 In May 2017, Andrew presented via Skype to a disability arts forum in St Petersburg Russia. This forum was inspired by the recent banning of a Russian entrant in Eurovision because she was a wheelchair user. In October 2017, Andrew was part of the Berlin & Australia Arts Exchange project for Arts Access Australia. Andrew travelled to Berlin, Germany where he represented Australia and disabled musicians at Meeting Place 2017, a disability arts conference. At Meeting Place, Andrew held a lunch time drum circle for 18 participants, and did a drum kit performance in support of band Rudely Interrupted. While in Berlin, Andrew also helped organise “What disability? We’re just drummers from Down Under!!” which was an evening of drums and drummers from Australia all living with a disability of some kind, held at Just Music’s Sky Live Club. The gig was a combined effort between Andrew, Rich Millin and Todd James from Dr Paradiddles Wonderdrumporium, a drum school in Berlin, and Jan Draheim from Just Music Berlin. Featured drummers Todd James from Adelaide, Josh Hogan from Melbourne band Rudely Interrupted and Andrew. The night was a huge success, attended by around 60 people. Andrew did an interview with German drum magazine Drums & Percussion Magazin, which is due for release in January 2018. Over the years, Andrew has gained international endorsement deals major companies such as Pearl drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks and Remo drumheads and percussion. Andrew’s artist pages (US Websites) https://zildjian.com/artists/andrew-hewitt - Zildjian Cymbals http://vicfirth.com/artist/Andrew_Hewitt/ - Vic Firth Drumsticks http://remo.com/team/member/andrew-hewitt/ - Remo USA Andrew’s top videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-qXpL3ydPA – Just Music Berlin – 17/10/2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC50v7CgSOg – ABC TV – 3/12/2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSOSExJx_6c – Focus on Ability – 13/09/2016 As a musician, Andrew Hewitt is living proof that dreams are possible.

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