Des Mills in action


“Des is a great teacher! He enabled me to do a gig at Wembley arena when I was only 13 years of age!”
- Elliott Purser – aged 14 years

“The quality of teaching along with the friendly, professional and relaxed environment has kept me coming back to Des for over 10 years!"
- Joe White

“When I was first introduced to Des I wasn’t able to read music or even keep a decent beat. Within a year I was in a band and playing gigs."
- Shaun Linden-Smith

Welcome to Des Mills Drum Tuition !

Learn to play with a professional Drum teacher/player with over 30 years industry experience.

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I have been teaching students at my private fully equipped studio for 15 years. Hundreds of drummers have passed through my doors, many of whom have gone on to play both semi and fully professionally.

Teaching all ages from 7 through to 77 proves there is no age limit to fulfilling what for some people is a lifelong ambition to play drums!

Having taught so many students with individual needs and abilities over the years I have learned to approach both basic and complex applications in new ways making the learning process accessible, thorough and above all fun!

Tailoring my teaching methods in this way has meant that many students have developed far beyond even their own expectations. It’s a great feeling when breakthroughs come and ambitions are realised.

I believe all students can reach significant standards of musicianship with practise and dedication. There are many who already possess a natural ability which often remains hidden until they begin to explore the world of drumming. Sometimes the most unlikely people show the greatest potential.

There is no point at which anyone can honestly say they have ‘finished’ learning to play. I have some long term students who have gone through years of tackling styles, applications and techniques, are actively playing with bands of all types and yet still come back to me for further challenges, encouragement or simply ‘drum chat’.



Five years ago Nathan Evans came to Chichester having left rock band ‘STEVE’ to join local professional band ‘OVERSOL’.

Fully experienced in teaching, session work and performing, Nathan’s consistent high standards and enthusiasm for his students has made him a huge asset to the tuition services here at New Barn Studios.

His unique way of connecting with students ensures positive and professional development for all ages and abilities.

In addition to teaching privately both Des and Nathan teach in Bognor/Chichester based private and county schools during term time. They are both regularly CRB checked.