Terry Cooke - Drums and Percussion Ensemble, Orchestra

Terry is  a drummer/percussionist with over 30 years performance experience, and has studied with some exceptionally gifted musicians in Ireland, Germany, Sweden, U.K. , France, Spain, USA, Poland, Austria and China. A sight reader of musical score and sectional charts, he is a vastly experienced and comfortable  performer in a range of live contexts, from classical concerts, stage musicals and televison and radio, to pub gigs and recording studios. 


A dedicated and eager learner of his craft, Terry has studied under the guidance of his uncle and renowned Galway musician and educator Tommy Joyce in St.Patricks Brass Band since the of  7. He has studied Jazz Drumming Techniques and Styles with the brilliant Johnny  Wadham (Dublin), Drumkit with JoJo Mayer (US drummers collective New York ), John Riley (US drummers collective New York Sligo jazz festival ), Steve White (UK clinician /session drummer) and Cormac Dunne (The Stunning ).

In the classical area he has worked with Cathal Murphy Bmus Percussion, Tom Gauger (US Boston Symphony and Pops Orchestra),  and also completed the 12 month Access Music Project program here in Galway. He also studied Latin /Afro-Cuban rhythyms with Daniel los Reyes (Cuba).


In 2002 Terry won Best Overall Musician at the 2002 Open Brass Band Championships , Clonakilty Co. Cork while playing with St. Patricks Brass Band .


TEACHING EXPERINCE: St. Patricks Brass Band Galway, Principle of Percussion Section (1990 –present ) Percussion Tutor, Intermediate and Junior Bands

Faculty member Maoin Cheoil na Gallimhe St Mary’s College Galway,

Principal Tutor Drum Corp and Orchestral Percussion of Galway Youth Drum Corp, in conjunction with Galway Youth Orchestra .

Terry is also on the Board of Management at Scoil Brid National School Shantalla Galway.


PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE: Part-time member and session performer / guest for numerous Orchestra’s in Ireland and abroad, including:

Galway Orchestra, Galway Youth Orchestra, Trinity Orchestra, SMG Film Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Limerick Choral Society Orchestra, Black Magic Big Band, West Coast Big Band, Seapoint Swing Orchestra, Hot House Big Band  Dublin, Marian Choral Society Orchestra, Patrician Musical Society Orchestra, GMS Orchestra, Louis Stewart Jazz Trio, Gay McIntyre Jazz Quintet, Mary Coughlan, Cuckoo Savante, Fling, Marian Fahey Band, Trad on the Prom, Furry Village Band , Jim Doherty jazz trio, Castlerea Musical Society, Renmore Pantomine Society, Ennis Musical Society, Duo Voics, The Rascals, Stephen James Band