damian cook music teacher

Damian Cook

Music Teacher

Instruments Taught - Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute

Damian fell in love with the saxophone at an early age when he heard a big band playing Christmas tunes on the high street of his home town of Bangor, North Wales. After studying flute for a couple of years (no saxophones available at school!) Damian finally got his hands on a saxophone and began the journey that would eventually lead him to the renowned Leeds College of Music, where he studied for 3 years, graduating in 2001 with a BA in Jazz Studies.

Damian has toured internationally and performed with artists including:

- The Four Tops

- The Temptations

- Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

- The Drifters

- Mary Wilson (The Supremes)

- Paloma Faith

- Roy Wood (Wizard/ELO/The Move)

- Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones)

- The James Hunter Six

- Si Cranstoun

- Nine Below Zero

- Jimmy Jamess and the Vagabonds

- The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Damian has also performed in the West End and toured with shows including Chicago, Avenue Q, The Rat Pack and Bugle Boy.

Big bands have remained a passion for Damian and he has worked with bands including The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra UK and The Hot Waffle Big Band. In 2004 he was awarded the Outstanding Soloist Award in the BBC Radio 2 Big Band Competition.

Damian also leads his own jazz groups and has played and recorded with many prominent UK players including Dave O'Higgins, Alan Barnes, Clare Teal, Martin Shaw, Dave Green, Rob Barron, Sam Dunn etc.

Damian also works as an arranger and teaches saxophone, flute and clarinet.

Qualifications & Experience

- BA Jazz Studies (Leeds College of Music)

- NSPCC Safeguarding

- Prevent Training

- DBS Checked

My Students Say...

"Damian has to be not only a good saxophonist, but the most patient person I know, he has the ability to make you feel that each lesson is the first, and that it's an absolute pleasure and not a trial."

"I do think that it is not just his ability as a good tutor, but his total enthusiasm, and happy disposition towards teaching, that has kept me going." - Mrs LJ Airey

"Damian's been teaching me flute for almost 4 years and in that time I've passed Grade 3 and Grade 4 flute and I'm now working towards Grade 5. He's also always willing when we get closer to the exams to make the lessons longer or more frequent to help with the preparation before the exam, which for me is most useful. But, we don't just do grades we do a variation of other music alongside for fun."

"I've really enjoyed each of our lessons every week and learnt so much! And even through the lockdown I still had my weekly lessons online which was brilliant. I would recommend Damian to anyone who loves music and wants to learn an instrument." - Gayle Farrell

Live Performances

Recommended Books

Music books are available to order from Mail My Music.

Book Lessons

Saxophone, clarinet and flute lessons are available as either face-to-face or online lessons.

If you have any questions about signing up for flute, clarinet or saxophone lessons, feel free to contact Hogan Music on 01635 496 57 or email tuition@hoganacademy.co.uk who can help to answer any queries you might have.

Free Try-Out Sessions

Fancy having a go on the flute, clarinet or saxophone? We offer free try-out sessions of 20-30 mins with our excellent tutors, so you can get a feel for what a full lesson would be like. You can also borrow an instrument from us if you don't have your own.

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