Dayna Hopkins –
Drum, Drum Tech & Live Sound Teacher
Applied Music – Box Hill Institute
Monday - Saturday
Along with his wife Bianca – Dayna owns, manages and teaches at BFSM since its opening in term 2, 2013.
Dayna is an accomplished Melbourne drummer and vocalist who has been working professionally for 16 years with original and cover acts around Melbourne.
Dayna studied at Box Hill Institute 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 attended a drumming intensive workshop with Gospel Artist - Chris Coleman and continued on with one on one tuition.
One of Dayna's earlier achievements was placing third in the intermediate section of ‘Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer’ competition. A national competition to discover drumming talent.
Dayna has been teaching from his home studio and other local music schools for over 14 years. He has a great rapport with students of all ages and abilities, using his experience in a variety of styles to inspire and challenge his students.
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 at BFSM and at other venues and studios. He has a keen eye for videography and movie editing and loves the ‘behind the scenes’ work just as much as ‘on stage’.
Lachie Riggs – Drum Teacher
Applied Music – Box Hill Institute
Tuesday - Thursday
Lachie’s love for drumming began during his high school years, after being encouraged to play in the school musical. Throughout high school he was fortunate enough to study with Rob Brens and Ryan Menezes, two highly regarded professional drummers in Melbourne.
Lachie completed his studies at Box Hill Institute in 2019 under the tuition of Tony Floyd, Dave Beck and Robi Parolin. In his final year, he was nominated by the university to be a participant in the Future Leaders Jazz Award 2020. Shortly after, he was selected as the winner and invited to play in the 2020 Ubud Jazz Festival in Bali.
Lachie has now been playing drums for 9 years and has more recently been gigging around Melbourne with some jazz, pop and funk groups. He is a creative and unique musician who continues to explore new ideas and concepts.
Lachie has 4 years of teaching experience and believes that learning the drums is an exciting and rewarding experience. He strives to make his lessons engaging and fun for students, inspiring their love for music.
Daniel McKoy - Drum, Drum Ensemble & Piano Teacher
Applied Music - Box Hill Institute
Monday, Tuesday & Saturday
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!