Dayna Hopkins – he/him
Drum, Drum Tech & Live Sound Teacher
Applied Music – Box Hill Institute
Monday & Thursday
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 – he/him
Bachelor of Applied Music – Box Hill Institute
Monday, 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.
Isaac Prete - he/him
Bachelor of Applied Music-Box Hill Institute
Isaac has been playing and learning the drums for 19 years. Isaac is a very passionate musician who spends his time practicing and studying different styles of playing such as latin, jazz, rock, hip-hop and pop.
Isaac completed his studies at Box Hill Institute in 2022 under the teaching of Tony Floyd, Peter Luscombe and Robi Parolin. Shortly after graduation, he jumped straight into the music scene; playing at functions, on cruise ships and at various venues around Melbourne.
Isaac is the drummer for many Melbourne bands. He strives to master each genre to incorporate it all into his own style which he can then pass it on to all of his students.
Isaac has been teaching for the last 3 years. He strives to cater to the students interests in lessons, learning material relevant to their needs while developing their technique and ability.