Hemel drummer bags unexpected gig at Paralympic opening ceremony

Gareth Tyler a drummer from Hemel Hempstead
Gareth Tyler a drummer from Hemel Hempstead

A professional drummer who went along to an audition to perform in the Paralympic games opening ceremony was picked...for the street dance crew.

Gareth Tyler from Livingstone Walk in Hemel Hempstead was surprised when he was told by organisers that they would rather he danced than played the drums.

He said: “They loved the way I look - they said I was edgy - but I’ve never danced in my life.”

Gareth, who trained at Guitar Tech in London, works as a full time session drummer and also teaches drums at Fretts music store in Hemel Hempstead, picked up the dance steps easily and helped others during rehearsals. Now he’s looking forward to the biggest gig of his life.

The 27-year-old went to the audition after hearing the organisers were looking for 1,000 drummers and it was his ambition to play a stadium gig.

He said: “It’s totally random. All my friends assume that I’m going to be drumming when I tell them but at least I’m in it.”