Ross Hodgkinson

YEAR OF AWARD: 2013
AGE AT AWARD: 17
ARTFORMS: Drums , Music

Biography

Hailing from Stonehaven, Ross grew up in a musical family.  His parents enrolled him in drum tuition from the age of nine and his sister also earned a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Over the last 8 years Ross has tackled various genres of music including Scottish Dance, Orchestral, Musical Theatre, Jazz & Pop.  He became the youngest lead drummer ever to play in an army pipe band and performed across Europe.  Joining the South Aberdeenshire Music Centre (SAMC) Big Band lit a fire inside Ross for jazz.  He went on to become a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, participating in several tours with special guests.

Ross was awarded the 17 & Under Young Scottish Jazz Musician Of The Year Award in 2012.  He went on to gain a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Boston.

Ross has shown that he has the drive, talent and ability required to succeed in studying at the highest level. His tutors feel he has the potential to develop into a very creative and exciting musician.  His ambition is to become a leading musician in a variety of styles.

How the Award Helped

Ross gained a Dewar Arts Award to support him in his studies at Berklee College of Music.

Since the Award

2014 - Ross has successfully completed his first semester of Berklee.  So far he has been fortunate enough to study with renowned drummer Bob Gullotti (JJ Johnson, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano) and Grammy Award winning Mark Walker.



Without help from the Dewar Awards I would not have been blessed with the opportunity to study at one of the world's most renowned contemporary music schools... I have developed, both in terms of my musicianship and as a person, and for this I am very grateful.

Achievements

2012 - Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year (17 & Under)