Howard pupils rock it with Quo drummer

Howard pupils rock it with Quo drummer

A West Norfolk school became a rock school on Monday with a visit from a top musician.

Drummer Jeff Rich, who toured with rock band Status Quo for 16 years, gave pupils at Howard Junior School masterclass lessons in music.

Pupils at the Gaywood school dressed as their favourite rock stars for the day.

They were transformed into band members from Kiss, Queen front man Freddie Mercury and rock legend Elvis Presley.

More than 200 children took part in the day, which included learning about the history of music and rock, how instruments were made and some of the materials used.

Literacy leader Sophie Hopkins said Mr Rich gave an amazing solo drum performance  and proved an inspiration to the pupils.

“It was very hands-on. He had enough instruments for the whole school to take part,” said Mrs Hopkins.

The pupils formed their own bands and had a battle of the bands competition in their year groups.

Mrs Hopkins said they incorporated the latest technology by using their iPads and used their literacy skills to learn songs to perform.

After leaving Status Quo, Mr Rich has taken his percussion workshops to more than 5,000 primary and senior schools throughout the UK.