- Instrument: Percussion
Jermaine Alexander is a 21-year-old drummer from London, UK. As a child, he was fortunate to be exposed to various genres of music, and by age two was singing and dancing along to the likes of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire to name a few. It was very apparent to his parents that Jermaine was creative and while other children were playing with toys he would sit and draw. This talent was not wasted as it earned him an A in Art & Design GCSE.
Aged 9 Jermaine joined The Academy Performing Arts School which attended every weekend. There he learned to Act and various dance styles including lyrical and tap which resulted in him landing an ensemble role in 2009 in the West End Performance of Oliver, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. In 2010 he went on to star as the juvenile lead as Simba in Lion King, Lyceum Theatre London. Alongside his performing career whilst attending Barking Abbey School, under the tutelage of Ms Sykes and Vetch, he further developed his love for music and started learning to play the drums, keyboard, and guitar. His teachers could see his hunger to learn and were only too happy to give him unlimited access to the music rooms. This clearly paid off and Jermaine achieved a Distinction + in BTEC Music in his final year of school.
Aged 12 Jermaine also honed his dance skills at Danceworks studios (the home of Diversity), where he was taught by Ashley Banjo among others and learned to street dance to high level, being able to perform at various events. Aged 17 Jermaine went on to study at East London Arts and Music college, now concentrating solely on music. His time at ELAM gave him access to musician mentors, work experience at Abbey Road Studios plus excellent facilities to further improve his musical skills and thus he was able to achieve a triple distinction in his music BTEC level 3.
Aged 19 he went on to study at London College of Music (UWL) with his focus on improving his principal instrument, the drums and despite the challenges of covid has continued to work hard, focus on his course with the aim to deliver to the best of his ability. Jermaine now embarks on his third year of university and will embrace the challenges and knowledge to come.
Musicians’ Company Award: Silver Medal – London College of Music 2021
Page Updated: March 2022
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