Thursday 3rd September 2009 by C. Freeman
Blane Chalmers has won £100 worth of vouchers in a competition run by a local music shop. Blane, who has been playing drums for five years, performed his winning drum solo at the Intersales shop in Kettering. He was up against competition from about ten other drummers to win the shop vouchers, which were awarded for the best two minute drum solo.
He practices drums for about half an hour a night, and also plays with two bands, Oakley Rangers and Unfair Advantage. Oakley Rangers got through the audition stages of local talent show, 'Wicksteed's Got Talent' and appeared in the final over the bank holiday weekend.
Blane, who is in Year 10 said: 'When I listen to a piece of music I'll find a certain drum rhythm that I like in there, I don't have a specific drummer I like. The trick to being a good drummer is practice. I normally like playing rock but I've also been learning swing and jazz rhythms.' In his spare time Blane is honing his radio presenting skills at the Corby Radio academy and he hopes one day to either be a professional drummer or radio presenter.