Drummer on a roll as he gets to major final

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A talented young musician has reached the finals of a prestigious drumming competition.

Dillon Harrison, 12, will go head to head with nine other competitors in the Young Drummer of the Year finals in February.

Dillon Harrison, shortlisted for Young Drummer of the Year.

Dillon Harrison, shortlisted for Young Drummer of the Year.

He beat more than 300 other entrants to win a place in the first shortlist of 40, which was then whittled down to the final ten.

The North Halifax Grammar School pupil began drumming when he was just six years old and now attends the Halifax Drum School, Crossley Street.

Dillon, who lives in Luddenden Foot, said: “I was really shocked when I found out.

“I really didn’t expect to get into the final ten, but I was really excited.

“I’m always learning and improving -I’d love to continue drumming in the future and I’d like to do some session work.”

Dillon, who passed his drumming Grade 8 at just ten years old, will face three challenges when he battles it out at the final - to perform a solo piece and two other pieces with a band.

The competition, held in Leamington Spa, is a chance to give the country’s young drumming talent a national and international platform to kickstart their musical career.

Dillon’s dad Bryn said: “It’s amazing, we thought he might reach the top 40 and he would have been happy with that, but to get in the top ten when the other finalists are much older is fantastic.

“He’s done extremely well.”

Martin Davis, head tutor at the Halifax Drum School, added: “I’m so proud of Dillon, he really deserves it.

“He’s ahead of his game and this is a massive opportunity for him.”