When Harry joined Turves Green Boy's School in Birmingham aged 11, he relentlessly bugged the Head of Music Alan Inglis for drum lessons. Finally, after months of nagging Harry managed to start learning under the tuition of Mr Richard Fullbrook of the Birmingham Music Service.

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After learning the basics, Harry's parents bought him a second-hand 'Session Pro' drum kit from his sister's friend. It was a very exciting time, and was a huge upgrade from the paint tins that he'd wedged into a drawer beforehand. Although this kit never left the house for any "gigs" it will always be remembered, and that could just have been the best birthday present ever. 

Aged 15, Harry began having extra lessons with Tom Franklin to work towards his Rockschool Grade 8. By the end of year 11 he studied under Andrew Hayward to pass his Rockschool Level 4 Diploma in Performance on the Drum Kit. 

During his last 2 years of secondary school, Harry completed work experience at 'Drums International' in Stirchley, Birmingham. Harry continued to work at the shop until age 19 and with help from owner Kieran Brennan he learnt about both new, and vintage drums. 

During his time at the shop Harry attended lesson with Big Band drummer Garry Allcock.

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After leaving school Harry began a Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance at Bournville College, where he met 'Ricky Cool and the In Crowd' bass player John Roy Potter.

John recommended Harry to 50s and 60s Rock n Roll band "The Starlites," a function band from the Midlands. During this time he also began working with "Ellie Jones and the Giants", a mainly acoustic outfit fronted by the wonderful Singer/Guitarist Ellie Jones. 

In Feb 2016 Harry joined Ricky Cool and the In Crowd after playing 3 months of gigs as a Deputy. Since then he has performed annually at the Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, played all over the UK and played on their upcoming 3rd studio album. Harry is also a  professional drum tutor, teaching both in schools and privately in and around Birmingham.

Harrison Weston-Cottrell live with Ricky Cool and the In Crowd
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Harrison Weston-Cottrell | Drums | Next Level Chops 2019