Dayna Hopkins – Director / Drum Teacher / Glee Club
Applied Music – Box Hill Institute
Monday - Saturday
Dayna is an accomplished Melbourne drummer who has been working professionally for 12 years.
Dayna has extensive experience in performance, regularly working with original and cover acts including ‘The Bianca Fenn Band’, Tom Tuena and The Dub Captains.
Dayna studied at Box Hill Institute in 2005 and 2006 under the tuition of Tony Floyd, Robi Parolin and John Corniola and has had private lessons himself for over 8 years under the tuition of Robi Parolin. Dayna has also attended a one day drumming intensive workshop with Gospel Artist - Chris Coleman and is currently continuing one on one tuition online with Chris.
He placed third in the intermediate section of ‘Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer’ competition.
Dayna has been teaching from his home studio and other local music schools for over 7 years.
Dayna has a passion for live & studio sound engineering and has produced a number of original and cover band demos, E.Ps and live shows. He coordinates sound and lighting for BFSM performances. He has a keen eye for videography and movie editing and loves the ‘behind the scenes’ work just as much as ‘on stage’.
Dayna owns & manages BFSM with his wife Bianca and helps to coordinate performance events and administration. You will be sure to meet him at BFSM!
Daniel McKoy - Drum & Piano Teacher
Applied Music - Box Hill Institute
Daniel has been playing drums for 13 years and taking lessons for most of that period. His teachers at Box Hill included Robi Parolin, Dave Beck and Tony Floyd as well as internationally renowned jazz drummer and educator John Riley during his artist in residence.
Having played gigs for the last 8 years Daniel puts a strong emphasis on the practical aspect of playing and being able to play with other musicians and serve the music, whatever style that happens to be. Some of his gig highlights include playing at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2016 with the Craig Schneider Trio and multiple festival appearances (Stonnington Jazz Festival, St Kilda Festival and Moomba Festival among others) with various other groups.
This year Daniel has started taking his teaching more full-time and currently teaches five days a week around the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne while still striving to play gigs every week. His current main project is Fulton Street, an original Melbourne Soul group, who will be releasing their debut album later this year. Daniel’s focus is on each student being individual and trying to help them find their own unique sound and musical direction on the drum kit in the most engaging and enjoyable way possible!