Michael Benöhr


Michael is the founder and director of East London Drum School. He has been a drum tutor since 2004. Michael first started teaching the drums at Drumstudies in Rotenburg, Germany. Since moving to the UK in 2008 he has been a drum tutor at The Rhythm Studio, at All Talents Music School and at East London Drum School. Currently he provides drum lessons to more than 50 students. 

Throughout his musical career Michael has performed at international festivals, radio and TV stations such as Lovebox Festival, Kerrang! Radio and MTV. His great musicality, tasteful drumming style, technical versatility and positive attitude have made him the drummer of choice for many UK artists. Michael is an endorser for Sonor, Vater, Remo and Roland.



Derrick McKenzie

Derrick McKenzie has been the drummer of British Funk/Acid Jazz sensation Jamiroquai since 1994, recording more than eight albums and touring the world for over 20 years with them.

Derrick's unique sound and groove has played a key role in Jamiroquai's music and he is considered as one of the finest British drummers.

East London Drum School has the honour of having Derrick McKenzie as a guest tutor. Next time Derrick will be taking a break from his busy gigging schedule with Jamiroquai to teach at East London Drum School will be on the 30th of September.



Ivan Panella


van Panella is a professional drummer and a very passionate teacher. With more than 10 years of experience both in the studio and touring, he is specialised in many styles such as Rock, Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz and many more. Ivan has been touring and playing Festivals with various Artists in most of Europe, the UK, USA, Russia, Japan as well as South Africa and other African countries.

He is currently playing with his own band TheBeanZ who are based in Italy and with local artists such as London singer/songwriter Olly Chamberlain, Rough Stone and London based South African singer Toya Delazy. 

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Koen Dijkman


Originally from The Netherlands, Koen moved from Berlin to London in early 2019. Besides teaching for many years, Koen has been touring and recording around Europe with many different bands and projects.


After graduating in the Netherlands in 2014 it was time to move to Berlin, this resulted in playing a lot of jazz and live electronic music. With a background in jazz/rock and major influences from electronic music, Koen is a very versatile and passionate teacher.