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Thankyou for the show of support and generosity at the MICK YATES MEMORIAL DRUM FESTIVAL on Sunday 11th April. it was a fantastic line up of the top UK drummers with all the proceeds going into a trust fund set up for Mick's 2year old son Larry.

 

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Just a quick note to thank Paul and the rest of Electro's staff for an excellent day on Sunday. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my kids. My youngest daughter was well pleased when little Larry gave her a thumbs up as he toddled past!

 
Despite having a broken leg and being on crutches, I had a really good view and a comfy seat. Paul as ever was a star, greeting me like an old friend and shaking my hand, thanks Paul.
 
Do another, we'll be there!....Mark
 

Hi Paul.I would like to say a big thank you to you and every one who took part in last sundays concert at gainsbough. We all enjoyed it very much. John Hearld

 I just wanted to pass on my thanks & praise to you all for creating such a fantastic event at your drum show in Gainsborough.

I didn’t know Mick Yates, however I'm sure he would of appreciated all the effort & quality that was on show. As an amateur drummer I was really inspired by the quality of drumming and couldn’t stop smiling & tapping from start to finish. I very rarely write these kind of emails however I enjoyed this event so much I felt I had to let you know.

 Thank you very much Paul , I know how hard and long you worked on setting up the event, much appreciated....John

I will make a point of coming over to your store very soon....Chris

Just a quick note to say that you did a fantastic job in organising the drum clinic yesterday.What a fantastic day? It was just brilliant and we thoroughly enjoyed it. You certainly did Mick and his family proud.
 
Congratulations to you all....Liz
 
Can i just say thanks that was fantastic best show i have been to in a long time or ever
 
Thank you for all your efforts  it is much appreciated by old chaps like me
 
Please keep me in your e mail loop i will always try to support events you put on i have been to a few over the last few years  say thanks to all who helped  i am still buzzin....Paul
 
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Mick Yates Testimonial Gig

 A BIG THANKYOU to all those who attended the gig  on Weds 9th Dec  the total raised was  £3365 which Mick's wife, Keeley has put into trust for their 2 year old son Larry. Thanks to all the bands,and Nick, Paul, Colin and friends from the PA company and for the generosity of all who attended and 'dug deep' which really is appreciated especially so close to Christmas. A special thankyou to all the people who kindly donated the fantastic, quality raffle prizes and auction items.The last few cd's are still available priced only £5 with all proceeds going to Larry so please call Paul at the shop on 01302 369999 if you would like one. THANKS AGAIN,Paul

Testimonials

Following the devastating news about Mick, we have opened this dedicated page for your thoughts, feelings and memories. If you would like to add a message, please email drums@ and we will post it on this page.

 Finally, Mick took great pride in teaching and his pupils were a source of immense pleasure to him. Staff here along with his wife Keeley feel that Mick would want pupils to continue and have future success with their drumming and have therefore arranged for a drummer that Mick respected and knew for many years, Erroll Rollins 07748 033939 to continue his good work.

Erroll has been a customer and friend to all at Electro Music for 20 years and it is a privilige to have him on board to help us try to fill our great friend Micks successful teaching practise.

Erroll has toured with Doncaster Jazz Orchestra , Hot Chocolate, the Human League , Belinda Carlisle, Black Star Liner, Dina Carroll, Erroll Brown ,Ruby Turner , Savage Garden , J-Life, session drummer on Stars in Their Eyes,Dennis Rollins Bad bone and Co, and is currently running his own pop/soul/funk band POPKORN 

 To Mick's family & friends, I heard the sad news of Mick's passing this evening from my son Joe. Joe had heard 5 minutes earlier and locked himself in his room, he could hardly speak the words to tell me. I am also upset as I type this, but feel that I would like to show how much Mick is appreciated. Joe has had a lesson from Mick every week for the last 9 years plus, and as I have arrived to pick him up I have seen the relationship develop from Joe being another rookie drummer to the drummer and friend he is today. I don't think he has ever had a lesson from anyone else and he is currently applying for Universities for next year to do a music degree as a result of Mick's influence. The knowledge and friendship he has given Joe and all his other pupils will live on for ever; not many of us will pass their ability on to so many people during our lifetimes. This has happened so quickly that I know Joe is very saddened that he won't be able to let Mick have the benefit of seeing the fruits of his labours over the last 9 years and he would love just one more lesson - just to tell him all the things that he meant to him and say thanks. I would also like to pass on my deepest sympathy to his family...Mike

 I was shocked and very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Mick Yates. Mick was my good friend and a talented professional who will be missed by all those who knew him. My thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. R.I.P Mick...Ian

 We are all in shock at the terrible news of Mick's death. Thanks for letting me know and please keep me informed of funeral arrangements etc. I know this is an early stage, but are there any plans to do something to support Mick's family? Stay strong...Dave

 Hi Guys. I'm completely devastated about the news about Mick. He taught me for nearly ten years and he saw me grow up from an 8 year old child to an 18 year old and i dont know what im going to do drumming wise without him there. He influenced me greatly throughout my life both in my drumming and out. id just like to send my regards to his family and all the guys at electro. Also could you keep in touch about any further news and funeral arrangements as id very much like to attend. again my thoughts are with Micks family...Joe

 Absolutely shocked by this sad news. Please let me know when the funeral is, and please pass on my condolences to his family...Steve

 We are shocked and numbed by the news of Mick's sudden death. We first met Mick when our daughter, Amy aged 6 started to play drums at Electro. She enjoyed her lessons so much and we're sure it started her love of music which has carried on to this day, she is now studying music at University. Mick was a great teacher and a really nice guy. We are so sorry and wish to pass on our condolences to his family...Mark, Gill & Amy

We would like to send our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to Keeley and Larry for the devastating loss of Mick. Mick has been a fantastic teacher and friend to our son Alex for over 3 years and was a great inspiration to him. We cannot begin to imagine the sorrow you must be feeling and our hearts go out to you. With our deepest condolences...Jackie, Jerry & Alex
I am so sad to hear the devastating news about Mick. I’ve known Mick over many years, he was always very friendly, upbeat , an all round great guy and a wonderfully gifted drummer. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family at this time. God Bless You Mick...Mark

 I am very sad to hear the news of Mick Yates. He was not only a great teacher to me for 3 years but he also was a brilliant friend. Without Mick i would have not been doing a course in music now or playing in some great groups. he introduced me to some great music and i thank him for helping me to improve my drumming. My thoughts are with his family and to all of the guys at electro. Rest in peace Mick...Alex

 Very sad indeed, though i didnt know mick that well, it,s still a shock. I was only speaking to him a few weeks ago, but watching him play was brill, he really was a great drummer. God bless you Mick...Alan

 I was shocked to hear the sad news that Mick has sadly and unexpectedly passed away on the morning of the 13th October 2009. My thoughts go out to Keeley, Larry and the rest of Mick’s family. I had known Mick for many years. Firstly as a pupil where Mick had the annoyance of trying to teach me how to play the drums then as the lessons and the years went on we became great friends. We spent many a lesson and on the odd occasion a few drinks, football matches and even an Iron Maiden concert discussing life and always shared pictures and stories of both our two young children. A great guy who loved life and his family and will be greatly missed by everyone who he came in touch with. RIP Mick...David

 I am numbed with the shock that Mick has passed away. He was one of those rare all round great guys and such a talented player. I feel privileged to have known him and to have been influenced by what he taught me. My deepest sympathies to Keeley & Larry and the rest of his family…Matt

 Safe journey mate. Love you loads...Carl and Helen

 Mick was not only in a different class as a musician but more importantly in a different class as a genuine, compassionate, caring, thoughtful and fun loving human being and we will miss him so much' Paul, Kerry and Laura

 Only knew Mick through the shop, but could guarantee a good bit of footy banter and a good drum based chinwag whenever he was around, the place will not be the same without him, condolences to his family and colleagues...MattHi Guy’s, It is difficult to know what to say at a time like this. I only really knew Mick from the chats we would have when he took his usual place sitting on the bottom of the stairs but you didn’t need to be in his company long to realize what a fantastic chap he was. He would always ask how things were going. My thoughts are with you Paul, Kelvin, Carl, Barney and the rest of the Electro staff I know not only have we lost a great drummer and teacher but also a great friend. My sympathies are with you all and of course his family....Paul

 I am privileged to have been taught by Mick these past 2 years as a pupil. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends alike. Mick was a fantastic person, amazing tutor and indeed a world-class drummer. I can only aspire to be at his level one day. You were an inspiration to many, and shall be dearly missed...Steven

 I didnt really know Mick very well not as much as i know some of his family, but by the sound of it he was a great guy who will be sadly missed .I know his family & i think it is a lovely thought for this page of condolences & rememberence. My sympathy and thoughts are with his wife Keeley and little Larry. R.I.P Mick...Mo and family

 We were absolutely shocked to hear the news about Mick. My son has had drum lessons with him now for a couple of years and has really enjoyed learning through Mick because of his 'down to earth' nature. Each time we came to lesson he would fill us in on how little Larry was getting on, speaking about him like the doting dad he was. He showed us his pictures with pride. We would like to send Keely, Larry and all the rest of the family our best wishes and thoughts. Mick will be very missed...Seb, Sue, Pat and Georgia

 I was informed today of some of the saddest news I have had in my life. The news of Mick passing. I have been having drum lessons with Mick for what must be 8yrs now. I have to say mick was possibly the nicest guy I have ever met, he helped guide me through drums and more importantly helped me with life. I first started out dreading my lessons, this big scary guy telling me what to do, my arms aching from repeated failures at trying to complete a beat, but I very soon learned that Mick was actually one of the nicest guys you could come across. I grew to love Sundays, knowing it was time for my lesson, which eventually just became at least half the time us just talking about music and everything else in the world (which I would still hapily pay my fee for). I cannot put across the influence mick has had on me, not only with my drumming, always thinking how am I going to ever be as good as him, but to life in general. Now I feel without my weekly Mick fix I will now have to continue to improve on drums and hopefully make him smile and be proud of what I can become. I only wish I could show him what that will be. I will never forget Mick and how happy he had become at being a father to larry, getting picture updates with my mother present, giving her ohhs and ahhs at them. I give my deepest condolances to keeley and larry and all of micks family. Also thanks to electro for passing on the news, I know it must be difficult there. Thanks for giving us a place to pass on our messages. I know he will get a great sendoff, and I will be there to help. Thanks for all the great times and memories Mick...Olly and my mum Jenny

 Everyone who knew Mick will miss him and I was very sad to hear of his untimely death. He lives on through his family and all those who were fortunate enough to have been blessed by his presence. Long live Mick! Love to his family and those who knew him best...Phil

 I'd known Mick for the best part of 10 years, firstly as a pupil, and later as a friend. We often spent more time during lessons chewing over the fat, telling dirty jokes and telling each other about the different jazz artists we'd been checking out than actually playing - then I'd feel guilty that he wouldn't take my money! Mick showed great belief in me by passing on my number and getting me gigs...even offering my number for one of his gigs when he was busy elsewhere. I've been fighting back the tears every day since Tuesday and the shock never seems to get any less. Mick gave a lot of himself as a mentor and friend, and looking at the messages already left for him so far, it's clear that he touched everyone he met and it's an enormous loss not only to those who had the privelage of knowing him, but to those who will never get that chance...Deb

 I just wanted to say how sad I am to hear about Mick's untimely end. I've sung with him a few times on gigs and he was a lovely fella to work with, always very cheerful and friendly! He was also a great, energetic drummer and I know he will be missed by so many people. My love to all his family...Karen

 My son Joe is 7 years old & has been having lessons with Mick for about a year now. Only a short time compared to some, but the relationship we had built between the 3 of us was amazing. We always took 2 Lattes from Macdonalds for Mick & I, this had become a regular thing. I never saw Mick play profesionally, but when he demonstrated something to Joe I always had a smile on my face. Joe will continue to learn to play drums because Mick wouldn't want it any other way. He always talked about his family, especially little Larry. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Mick's family at this extremley sad time....Love from Paul,Julie and Joe Rest in peace

 Mick, you were a great guy and we were very lucky to have known you.

 I am so sorry to hear about mick, there is not much to say, just that he was an amazing bloke who always tried to talk to me about football and he knew more about my team than i did, i could always count on him being in a great mood every sunday morning when i was still half asleep, i am so sad to hear about mick's passing even though i only had him for a year he was a really nice man and a world class drummer, rest in peace...Nathan

 

I just want to say thankyou to everyone for your support, its such a confort to me as his wife to know he touched so many people and made many friends who felt so much about him. Thankyou to everyone, he was a fab husband a girl could wish for and the best dad in the world to Larry, please always keep him in your hearts...Keeley

 

It was such a shock to hear of the devisatating news about Mick. I am not a drummer, nor did he ever teach me, however I've known Mick for about 8 years as I used to attend my sisters lessons with her at Electro on a regular basis and always felt welcome, even though this was probably somewhat unorthodox. I became friends with Mick independantly of my sister and we'd often check in every now and again to see how each other was doing. It is a great loss not only to those who knew him personally, but to the music community, and to anyone who ever met Mick as he was a vibrant and charming guy who never failed to make me laugh. I hope wherever you are you're making them laugh 'babe', we miss you. My thoughts are with Keeley and Larry at this very difficult time...Becca

 

Jack only started lessons 10 months ago with Mick but he loved it and looked forward to every lesson, and so did we. We always had a laugh with Mick, he was a great bloke and will be sadly missed. I don't think Jack quite understands that mick won't be around anymore as he's only seven, our hearts go out to Keeley and Larry who is too young to understand either. Thanks for everything Mick we are glad to have known you...Dave, Helen & Jack

 

My son and I were extremely shocked to hear the news that Mick had unexpectedly passed away on the morning of the 13th October 2009. . Mick was a brilliant drummer and drumming instructor and had become a great friend to us all over the past three years. Mick was a very proud and doting father, often talking about Larry and his wife Keeley. We spent many a lesson talking about Mick's other great love in his life, Sheffield Wednesday, which made very interesting conversations, as my son and I are big Donny Fans. Mick was a chap who loved life and lived it to the full with his family and friends, whether they were students or fellow musicians. Mick will be greatly missed by everyone our thoughts are with Keeley, Larry and the rest of Mick’s family... Pete, Di and Jack

 

In the years I had the pleasure of knowing Mick, I saw the same guy we all did. Great friend, wonderful sense of humour, always ready to help anyone, never a frown. As well as all those attributes, which would make any man proud, was the guy I worked alongside. Superb, exciting, and versatile drummer, knowledgeable, gifted and respected teacher,and an inspirational player to all who saw him play the drums. I will miss you very much, sir...Dean

 

A Top Bloke...A Fantastic Drummer...A Funny Guy & a Top Notch Drum Teacher !! "Mick your gonna be well missed. R.I.P "...Erroll

 

THE IDEA THAT THERE ARE HARPS IN HEAVEN IS A MISCONCEPTION !!!!!! WHEN WE GET TO HEAVEN THERE WILL BE DRUMS. SLEEP WELL YOUNG MAN...FROM A STUDENT AT ELECTRO MUSIC

 

It was such a shock to hear of Mick's passing. He is a sad loss to our music scene and will be greatly missed as a friend, colleague and more importanlty a FELLOW OWL! We are thinking of Mick's family, particularly Keeley and Larry. And I know he will be greatly missed by his many students. So long tiger..we won't forget you..Rest in peace..John

 

I remeber when my dad first rang Electro to put my name down on the waiting list for drum lessons. I was on the waiting list for months and to fianlly get a phone call from them telling me i could have lassons on sunday mornings with Mick was great news. Meeting him for the first time i couldnt have asked for a better teacher! Every Sunday morning i went with my mum or dad. it wasnt just a drum lesson but just 3 friends having a chat! throughout my drum lesson my dad and mick would just bluetooth novelty ring tones to one another and play them aloud. They would always chat about football and music. Mick would always keep us up to date with how larry was doing and the room was always covered with pictures of him. He worshiped Larry so much and my thoughts will always be with him aswell as Keeley! Mick made me as a drummer and had such a musical influence on me. He introduced me to Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power and Average White Band which i am very greatful for! I will miss Mick so much and my sunday mornings will never be the same! My thoughts are with Keele, Larry and every one else who is affected by the loss of mick!...Rhianne, dad-rob and mum-Elaine.

 

It is with great regret and sadness I find myself writing this message.If memory serves me right it was Barney who introduced us to Mick,to start my son Joe,6 years old, on the road to be a Drummer.Joe had 5 or 6 lessons with Mick before he got his own Drum kit from Santa. Joe has been having Drum lessons with Mick for nearly a year now. So we have known Mick for a reltivley short time compared to a lot of you guys.Nevertheless this hasn't stopped us becoming very attached to Mick. We will miss you so much more than we could ever express in words. All our love to Keeley,Larry and family. Rest in peace TIGER...Paul,Julie and Joe Latto.

 

I knew Mick as a talented musician who lit up the room with his smile and made people sit up and listen. Most of all I knew him as a kind gentle person who I was privileged to spend a good few years of my life with. He loved Bowie,Tower of Power, Jazz, his dog Zeus, his parents, candles and the Lake district back in those days (Not necessarily in that order of course!!!) and feared doctors and the Inland revenue!!! Some of my most vivid memories are those when I would go with him to Jazz Giggs and he would shine as a talented musician. Later when he met Keeley and they had their son Larry he was so proud. I can honestly say he was a wonderful person and I cannot believe this has happened. I will never forget you Mick, your warmth and kindness inspired me and touched my life in so many ways. Good luck with your new gig...Ann

 

Mick bravely coped with his chestiness and didn't dwell on the problems he endured. Ive never been a football mum or been keen on the ferrying that goes with kids activities but that friday afternoon slot with my son Simeon was different. I enjoyed Mick's evident passion for drumming, his easy conversation, friendly and detailed memory for personal facts and sharp ear for detail and respect for Simeon as a person in is own right. He never made excuses for sloppiness, he nurtured and encouraged as a gifted coach and example. He was about to refer Simeon to the Jazz Orchestra and opened up horizons we would never have thought of. This is an untimely and cruel loss especially for Keeley and Larry; we feel we know you already!! God bless and heal your loss and carry you on Friday and beyond.

 

I've just found out about the tragic death of mick, I first met mick when i was about 9 and was taught by him up until about 3 years ago, i'm now 21 and the times mick was there for me not only as a tutor but as a friend are too many to list, he was an amazing guy, an amazing drummer and from what i've heard an even better father and husband, I know he will be sadly missed for years to come by all who knew him and i know electro just wont be the same!!! still to this day at christmas i think about the 4 bottles of newcy brown which became a standard christmas present from myself to mick, and i think now i will attempt to stomach a bottle every year as a little memory, my thoughts are with keeley and larry, and i hope that my own and all the other great messages will be a comfort to them at this awful time, i know where ever u go when you pass, mick will be there with a smile on his face, an owl on his chest and two pieces of wood in his hand!!!!! We'll miss ya bud!!!! Nath To my friend Mick, I'd like to thank you for the last 12 months of lessons, your friendship and your patience. I promise to keep practicing and I will miss you. James Anderson, age 11. The world will be a very sad place without Mick Yates in it, we aere friends about 10 years ago he taught my son to play the drums not only was mick Scotts teacher but his friend and my friend too Scott would confide in Mick things boys cant tell mums which I appreciate so much. Me and all the gang Andrea, Ann Joanne Jackie and louise would go and watch Mick play with Lizzie Mac and with Freedom Band we had some fab nights. Mick I do hope there is a spice bus up there I have pictures of you and you were always laughing and dancing (yes dancing you could bust some moves) You had a keep fit spell playing squash with joanne which was fun aswell. My heart goes out to Keeley and Larry and your Mum and Dad my thoughts are with them, Oh and not forgetting Pheobe your dog. I am so proud to have known you, where ever you went you made such a differenceto peoples lives with your brilliant sense of fun, kindness and always a smile. You will be missed so much , Bye Mate your one amazing guy! Sheila, scott and the spice girls Andrea, Joanne, Jackie and Louise and Bernadette Wild Band,

 

I was so saddened to read about Mick Yates death in the paper. He was a first class drummer, particularly jazz, and also just a first class guy. We should all try to remember his wonderful playing and great sense of fun. Fortunately he was a man who always lived life to the full and enjoyed every minute of it - whether he was drumming, drinking with friends, spending time with his family or watching his beloved Sheffield Wednesday. You will be greatly missed, thankyou for your fun lessons, love Sue b xx

 

I had the pleasure of being micks best man,what an honour!.. I met mick way back when he offered me the guitarist job in lizzie mac and freedom which was a very happy 3 years of my life,this is where our friendship grew,we shared a million laughs and a good few million bottles of holsten pills and jack daniels and coke! After this we formed boogie train with another good friend of micks, Ray thornton.The three of us played right up to the present time, sometimes six months apart, each gig was like we'd done it every day! I put this down to a special chemistry between the 3 of us and micks magic of keeping it together. We hope to have some sort of celebration in the future where micks friends, pupils and drum colleagues can get together and give him the royal send off he deserves! I will miss him like mad as a friend and a band mate,not gonna be the same looking over my shoulder at that huge grin as he "knocked a shed up" as we put it! My heart goes out to keeley and larry the loves of his life! we'll all miss ya tiger!...Lee (Squirt as he called me!),ali ,ray an ellen

 

As a former student, I remember him every time I sit at the kit - making the mistakes that he simply wouldn't have made. Mick is the guy who puts a smile on your face and sparks a conversation that you don't forget. He may not of known this but he was much more a friend than a drum teacher. My heart goes out to the family of a great inspiration. Rest in peace "tiger"...Karl

 

Was so shocked and sorry when I heard about Mick. He was a great guy, and even though my son and I had only known him six months we became friends straight away and he really connected with my son. Conor loved his lessons with Mick and was flourishing under his tuition, we shall miss him greatly...Marina and Conor

 

The strength of emotion that could be felt at Mick’s funeral showed how deeply Mick had touched so many people’s lives, as he had mine. Like many, I started as his student and we became friends. He opened my mind to so much music I wouldn’t otherwise have heard and pushed me far beyond the drumming ambitions I took to him when we first met. The priest said what I’m sure many were thinking, that we all should feel privileged to have shared some time with Mick. God be with you Mick and may God bless Keeley and Larry...Martyn

 

I've just returned from Mick's funeral. His untimely death will be devastating loss to Mick's parents wife and son. I hope that the huge number of people who turned up to pay their last respects will be some small comfort to them over the coming months and years as they struggle to come to terms with what has happened. I only met Mick some six or so years ago but we struck up an instant rapport. He shared with me his love for Jazz, football and questionable humour. He was indeed a very funny man and as I had a drink with his friends at the wake it was for his sense of humour that many will remember him. It was the humanity that defined the Mick that we all knew and loved and that I will miss the most. For his role as a teacher and player it may be fitting that we organise a night of music in his memory. I would certainly be up for helping to organise this so that we could all join together to celebrate the life of our friend and mentor. If we can help Keeley (Who has been so brave today) then so much the better. Mick- Tiger - I'll miss you...Graeme

 

To my mate Mick, will miss you loads. Had lots of good times together and laughs playing in lots of bands. Will miss your text jokes and chats and great playing...John

 

After attending Mick's funeral on Friday, I would like to add to other messages that say what a great person Mick was and how he's touched so many people's lives in so many ways. The service was very special and I feel that the vicar just got everything right in what he said about Mick. It is so sad that he will not be here to see the fruits of his labours with his pupils. He has influenced my son Joe in music, encouraging him to be adventurous and explore Jazz music which is now his passion. Joe is intending to study a music performance degree at Newcastle next September which is all due to Mick's influence and encouragement. My thoughts are with his family at this time and I can only say that they can take solace in the fact that Mick has helped so many people in his life and that his work will be expressed in the future by those that he has influenced. Thank you Mick...Ann

 

It was such a shock to hear about it!! He was always so lively and would put up with me and my friend filling him in on the lastest gossip.. Listen to us go on and on about boys when we should have been paying attention to our drum lessons, and he always said that if we practiced then he would put a Britney Spears song on (me and my friend love Britney Spears!)He will be missed, I will be thinking of him and his family :(...Hannah x

 

I only just heard the sad news of micks passing yesterday, I'm going to miss being able to go into electro to have chats with him, and having such fun lessons there. I hoped i could of taken up lessons again after i finished uni, but that won't be same now. I'll miss you mick...Jono

 

As a family we are deeply saddened at hearing about the loss of Mick. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. In the short space of time that our eight year old son Aran, has had lessons, Mick has made a lasting impression on him. Aran always looked forward to Sunday afternoons, always keen to ring on the buzzer and race up the stairs to see his mate. As Aran (being left handed) rearranged the kit, Mick would protest about Aran messing his kit up and him always wearing a MUFC shirt just to wind him up. This always set the tone for the rest of the lesson, good friendly banter and talking to us like old friends. Mick knew how to get the best from Aran, he encouraged him to think for himself and to stick at what he was doing until it was right. Mick you were a lot more than a drum teacher to Aran, we will miss you lots...Rob, Louisa, Aran, Jake

 

from Jonathan White (aka Stan) - bass player friend from Faithless and Groove Armada........... I remember distinctly the first time I saw Mick playing drums, it was in the Old Hall at Northcliffe school in Conisbrough, 1983. We had both just joined the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra and when I arrived for the rehearsal the band was already in full swing. Mick immediately stood out - his playing was so powerful! I think his kit was blue and the whole thing seemed to rock back and forth in time with his playing, he was really at one with it, a natural talent. Being the younger members of the band Mick and I would often share hotel rooms together when away on gigs and tours. One particularly exciting trip was when we performed on a TV show in London, entitled 'Celebration', it was to mark the opening of the (then) new Limehouse TV studio near the Isle of Dogs. We had to wear these awful yellow and gold shirts and make-up so our faces weren't too shiny! With TV shows there's always a lot of waiting around especially during camera rehearsals so being young kids boredom sets in pretty quickly and we'd always be off exploring the studios and messing about with props etc, anything to pass the time! When we finished recording the show it was back to the hotel and off to bed (minors not allowed in the hotel bar!) but me and Mick obviously weren't tired after such an exciting day so we sneaked out at midnight to get some food! I remember walking round the streets of London for a couple of hours - we couldn't believe there were shops still open and people walking around! Anyway, we pooled our resources and opted for Kentucky Fried Chicken (as it as called in those days) I think we got a family bucket - it was massive, about 18 pieces of chicken and 10 bags of chips! We took it back to the hotel and scoffed the lot, I'll never forget the mess in our room - grease and chicken bones everywhere, most of which ended up getting chucked out of the window! We were trashing hotel rooms at 14 yearsold!!We returned to London many times to do concerts at prestigious venues such as the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and, of course the Royal Albert Hall where the band performed with drumming legend Kenny Clare which must have been great for Mick as one piece of music featured three drummers! We also toured France and Germany, invaluable experience for such young musicians. Upon leaving DJO I didn't see Mick for a few years until I gigged with him once again much later with the Memphis Belle Orchestra. Mick gave me a lift and I remember thinking "he's doing alright" because his Volvo had leather upholstery! We reminisced about the old days and it was great to see him after such a long time. Rest In Peace old pal.............. Stan (aka Jonathan White).......................... please look at a young Mick on floor tom with Kenny Clare and on congas with a young Stan on cowbell !!!........................ Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1983 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJFbbm2EWiY and also a tv show ................. Celebration TV show 1984 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAoKpxnte2M&feature=channel

 

All of us at Wrooted are devastated by Micks passing and we all send our condolences to Micks family and friends. Mick dep'd for Phil B on a few gigs, full circle really given that Mick taught Phil as a youngster, and can I say what a pleasure and what a pro - I'll never forget that grin across stage and the funnies between tunes. If anybody puts anything together for Micks family count us in we'll be honoured to contribute...SteveB

 

I only found out about the sad death of Mick today and I can’t express how I feel. I am thinking of changing my kit and was planning to call in to Electromusic to say hello to him. Then I saw Mick’s photo on the website…….I have been thinking of him and his family all day. I was an unusual pupil in that I am a female who took up drums at age 37 in 1998. Mick was a great teacher and I know that when I get home from work tonight I will shed a tear when I see his writing on the books full of drum transcriptions that he did for me of my favourite music, sometimes with funny little comments. I remember him trying to teach me how to play jazz which didn’t interest me one bit…..I always ended up rocking because Jazz wasn’t why I was there. He used to teach me at Sunday lunchtimes and I remember that sometimes he was so exhausted having been gigging somewhere at the other end of the country the night before,  and there was me asking him to transcribe Genesis with time signatures all over the place when he had a headache! He became more that a drum teacher though, he became a good friend and I really looked forward to my lessons. He was a great talker and more importantly a great listener and at times he seemed more like a therapist than a drum teacher. RIP Mick, a wonderful diamond and a lovely man. My thoughts are with Keeley and Larry. Debbie D

These photos were taken when Mick and I played for the Monday morning tea dance in the Oasis, Meadowhall (Meadow Hell as we knew it) for a couple of years along with Greg Francis on keyboards. Somewhat different from our other gigs, we played for two hours of sequence dancing, although when possible we would swing it a bit. You will see a shopping trolley in one of the photos, Mick 'borrowed' this to transport his kit from my van to the stage and back, what the Meadowhall management didn't know was that when we loaded the kit into the van it was still in the trolley, then at Mick's home in Greenhill Sheffield, we lifted it all out in one! His main gig at that time (and for many years) was with Lizzy Mack and Freedom which he joined after a time as Jan Lesley's drummer, his super powerful drumming prompted Liz to supply him with an electronic kit plugged into the PA so she could actually hear herself on stage! Also around that time Mick and I were doing gigs around the country with the Memphis Belle Big Band where all his site-reading skills were brought into use - and what a terriffic swinging drummer he was, driving the horn sections with great authority. I have many fond memories of my friendship with Mick at that time, not the least being our regular weekly visits to the White Swan in Greenhill to chat about music and sport whilst losing count of how many pints of Castle Eden bitter we were pouring down our throats. A wonderful friend and an outstanding percussionist, now gone to join other drummer friends from the area who also died at an early age for example Tommy Fever, Terry Clayton, John Miller and Roger Harrison. God bless you Mick it was good to know you - Dick Dodd (Bass player)...Dick

 

I first met Mick on my first trip to Electro Music in 1997, he was very much the professional drummer to aspire to, even whilst i was still a young music student. Always very busy, but always ready with a smile and a friendly chat. Mick gave me the opportunity to dep for him whilst still at college, one of the most (at the time) frightening gigs id done; The Terry Allonby Band. That experience was most valuable to me, and ive thanked him many times for it. Mick took on the OKTC gig after i reccommended him to the boys, so i did get to return the favour. Ill always remember him sat on the drum room staircase waiting to teach, it'll be hard not too see him there. Ill miss him. My deepest thoughts are with Keeley, Larry, and all his family...Brett

 

I first met Mick when we were about 7 years old and went all through School with him till the age of 16.  There used to be a little gang of us that knocked about on the Norfolk Park estate, we even tried to form a band once - although Mick was the only musician out of the lot of us!  I remember his first solo performance in assembly one morning, you could have heard a pin drop, he was amazing even at 10 years old.  Also the first time he was on TV and he had to wear lipstick - boy did he get some ribbing for that!!  I saw him a couple of times as an adult when he was in Lizzie Mac, we chatted away like old friends, he'd not changed a bit.  Unfortunately we missed the funeral as we didn't find out until later, but we did manage to make the memorial gig on the 9th Dec.  What a great night and so lovely to see that Mick touched so many people.  My thoughts are with his family. RIP Mick xxxx  Bev Tankard (nee Hardy).

 

 

To see footage of Mick on you tube please copy the following links 

 Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1983, Mick is the smaller younger drummer on the floor tom , check out his dancing feet -       www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJFbbm2EWiY  and also a tv show ................. Celebration TV show 1984 -  Mick is giving it large! on the congas , he was apparently gutted , because they did two takes of the piece and one had Mick on the kit and Dave May on the congas , but of course they used this clip on the show , so he is going for it big time. Also you might notice a young Stan ( Jonathan White) on cowbell , again he got the short straw actually being a top bass player currently with Faithless and Groove Armada (please see Stans testimonial further down)   -      www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAoKpxnte2M&feature=channel 


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