Dan Johnston (Drums)

My name is Dan and I am a Music Leader with Sheffield Music Hub, specializing in percussion. I started playing drum kit at the age of 12, my first band in school was a three piece called 'Meat and two Veg'.  I was self taught for the first 15 years or so and then began studying in earnest with a couple of excellent local teachers, John Lee and Pete Fairclough. I enjoy playing all kinds of music from Latin to Hip Hop.

In my role with SMH, I lead the Sheffield Youth Samba band and the percussion section in our Senior Orchestra. I'm passionate about creating pathways for children from every part of the city to engage with the wonderful opportunities the Music Hub offer.  I was proud to receive a national award for Instrumental Teacher of the Year 2023, but that would not have happened without the amazing team I work with at Sheffield Music Hub.

Quick fire questions

  • Favourite movie - Jaws
  • Favourite thing to do outside of work - cooking (and eating!)
  • Favourite food(s) - Thai & Italian
  • One thing about me that would surprise you to know- My great great great great great great great Grandfather discovered the source of the river Niger in Africa!

Hints and Tips

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Director of:

Pad Sessions

Sheffield Junior Samba Band

Sheffield Youth Samba Band

Dan Johnston (Drums)