Dave Helman (Drums)
Member of MTA (music teachers ass of nsw), vic firth education team member
I started my musical career playing bass drum in Year 4 at Ingleburn primary school.
At the age of 12, I began doing gigs with my dad in a dance band, playing at weddings and functions, and learning how to play in time.
After completing school, I started work for Yamaha Australia, unloading pianos and organs off container ships, and hanging out with musos who came through the warehouse … all the time playing on weekends in Steely Dan / funk cover bands.
I took drum lessons from Don Gibb at Drum City Sydney.
Don recommended me for his gig when he moved on, and I started a residency at Campbelltown Catholic Club and various other clubs for 4 years, playing shows and reading music without rehearsal (the great benefit of learning to read music !)
More lessons followed with the great Oz jazz drummer Alan Turnbull, Mel Lewis (from New York city), and I would go and watch many great Australian drummers play to see how it was done … a big fave was Mark Kennedy.
After leaving Sydney, it was decided to settle in Mittagong, and travel to Sydney to keep doing gigs until something came up locally.
I met Mark Dabin (guitar teacher at Powerpoint) and we started a power trio called “The Minute Men”……… many stories followed with gigs up and down the coast.
I then started touring NSW (and parts of Seaworld) with Chris Taraksons “Dial M for Murder”…….. and started teaching at Chevalier College.
I then joined Tony Gardners "Jump Jive and Wail”, playing the jazz festivals and local functions.
2004, and Ellas Holiday was formed, a Cd recorded, and many gigs have followed… a great band with a great bunch of songs.
Music was, and always will be a big part of my life. I hope this continued passion for the drums shines through in my lessons, and encourages my students to go home and play the instrument and enjoy all styles of music.