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 & 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.
Frankie Demuru – he/him
Bachelor of Music Performance– Melbourne Polytechnic
Since performing live from a very young age under the guidance of his first drum teacher Raphael Saini (Ex-Iced Earth), Frankie developed a drumming style that suits a variety of musical genres.
He has performed across Italy, Europe, and Australia with his own bands and a session drummer.
Throughout the years, Frankie has had the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of internationally renowned Rock & Metal acts like Be'lakor, Cancer Bats, Monuments, Wolves in The Throne Room and more.
Frankie is a passionate educator working on his own resources to teach students of all ages and abilities in a fresh, contemporary way. With a strong technical focus, Frankie helps students apply their new found skills into their favourite repertoire. He loves the challenge of playing fast and loud but loves helping students achieve their own goals.
Liam Rignanese – he/him
Diploma of Music Industry - Box Hill Institute
Studying Bachelor of Music - Box Hill Institute
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Drumming and music has been Liam's passion since he can remember.
He currently plays in 3 bands with musical genres varying from Jazz/Fusion/Funk/Soul/Hip Hop/Rock and Pop drawing inspiration from a variety of players Dave Grohl, Chad Smith, John Bomham and more recently from Yussef Dayes, Benny Greb, Nate Smith, Jas Kayser and Quest-love.
The culmination of these influences and dedication to his instrument has resulted in in gigs since the age of 15 locally and internationally.
Liam has had tuition with well respected and accomplished drummers within the industry, Dave Beck and Robbie Parolin and his current goal is to develop his own skills as a teacher and inspire others so they too can find their own love for music and drums in whatever capacity that might be.