Bern's Drums is a dedicated drum shop. We are authorised main dealers for all the major drum brands. We stock Gretsch drums, Pearl Drums, Mapex Drums, Yamaha Drums, Sonor Drums, Zildjian cymbals, Sabian Cymbals, Istanbul cymbals,Paiste cymbals, Meinl Cymbals, Dream Cymbals,Remo drum heads, Evans Drum heads, Gibraltar Hardware, Toca, and LP percussion and tons more. It's a drummer's paradise. Make a trip to Chichester and check out all the gear and try hundreds of cymbals. Here's how to get there.
Bernie worked as a pro drummer in the 1960's beat scene, playing with Johnny Devlin & The Detours and later Beau Brummel & the Noblemen, with whom he recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1964. In Bernie's professional career he has enjoyed chart success with Detours record "Sometimes", played live on the BBC, supported The Spencer Davis Group at the Big Apple Club in Munich, and even appeared in a feature film with Rachael Welch. Bernie came into the music trade in 1973 as manager of a music shop setting up the original Bern's Music in 1982.
Favourite Drummers: Buddy Rich, Jim Gordon, Tony Meehan, Brian Bennett, Tony Newman, Earl Palmer, Stanton Moore.
Plays: Ludwig Drums, Tosco and Meinl Byzance Cymbals, Vic Firth Steve Gadd Sticks, Toca percussion.
James has studied with some of the world's most renowned drum teachers, including Gary Chaffee (former head of percussion at Burklee College Boston) and Dom Famularo. In 2011 he was offered the job of house drummer at "Somthin' Jazz Café" in Tokyo after a 6 month stint playing all the local jam sessions. Unfortunately for James, draconian visa regulations in Japan prevented him from taking his dream gig so he returned to Bern's Drums where he is web designer and assistant manager. James teaches for the "Clem Burke Drumming Project" in conjunction with The University of Chichester and has been involved in pilot studies into the benefits of drumming for children suffering from autism, and obesity.
Favourite Drummers: Akira Jimbo, Elvin Jones, Billy Cobham, Mitch Mitchel, Clyde Stubblefield.
Plays: Yamaha Drums, Sabian, Istanbul, Meinl Byzance and Dream cymbals, Yamaha hardware, Yamaha DTX electronics and Vic Firth 5A Maple sticks.
Much loved local drum teacher Nick has been with Bern's Drums from the beginning (with the exception of a year working as a chef in a restaurant in France!) Nick's 23 years of playing experience include European tours and radio spots. He is assistant manager of the drum shop and authority on 70's rock music and drum tuning.
Favourite Drummers: John Bonham, Stanton Moore, Ginger Baker, Billy Cobham, Kenny Jones.
Plays: Mapex Drums, Sabian and Istanbul Cymbals, Pearl Power-shifter pedals, Vic Firth 5A's and Yamaha DTX electronic drums for home practice.
The latest addition to the Bern's Drums team, Owen plays for up and coming metal band "Decaarta". What is a drumshop without a metal head!
Favourite Drummers:Chris Adler, Niko McBrain, Cosey Powell, John Bonham, Clyde Stubblefield, Mitch Mitchel, Dennis Chambers
Plays: Tama Drums, Pearl Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth 5AN sticks, Clear Remo Pinstripe heads and Evans EMAD2 bass head, Pearl Eliminator double pedals.