Tom is top UK young drummer

Tom pictured with the judging panel
Tom pictured with the judging panel

A young drummer from Clarkston is set for some big things ahead having just won the title of UK Young Drummer of the Year.

Tom Potter (15), who, rather amazingly, only started playing when he was aged 11, has astounded some of the biggest names in drumming with his skill on a drum kit.

Tom Potter UK Young Drummer winner

Tom Potter UK Young Drummer winner

This was Tom’s third time in a row of reaching the top 10 in the prestigious UK Young Drummer competition.

The competition, which was held in Leamington Spa on Sunday, February 7, saw Tom as the only Scot to make it through to the final from an original entry selection of over 400.

The judging panel featured drummers from Kasabian, Lower Than Atlantis, Foxes, Robbie Williams and one of the UK’s best-known session drummers, Ash Soan.

The Williamwood pupilhas also been selected by NYJOS (National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland) as their drummer for the next year after completing a album with saxophonst Iain Ballamy — quite an accolade for a 15-year-old.

Tom is able to play many styles of drumming and is currently in a couple of bands — The Williams Jazz Quartet who have played many gigs around Glasgow including corporate events and weddings, and Bad Jeff, who are more of a indie band just starting out.

Tom took up drum lessons through the Loud n’ Proud charity in Paisley and has been taught by drummer Jamie McGrory.