Gevers, Sam

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Sam Gevers (Belgium, 1985) holds a Master of Music (Percussion & Conducting) from the Antwerp Royal Conservatory. He was taught by Carlo Willems, Koen Wilmaers and Dirk De Caluwe. 
Sam also earned his teaching degree, had lessons at the Antwerp Jazz Studio and followed masterclasses with Randy Max (USA), Dave Weckl (USA), Arthur Lipner (USA) and others.

Since 2010 Sam is full time drummer in the Royal Band of the Belgian Navy. As a freelance musician he played with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, Symphonic Factory and many more. In these orchestras some famous conductors crossed his path: f.i. Takuo Yuasa (Jap), Jaap Van Zweden (Ned) and Pincchas Steinberg (Ger). In many performances at the Night of the Proms with Il Novecento, he accompanied world famous artists like Donna Summer, Mike Oldfield, Ike Turner and Macy Gray. As freelance drummer/percussion player he worked on several musical shows as Evita, Elisabeth, Joseph and the amazing tecnicolour dreamcoat, Oliver!, Fiddler on the roof, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz,... Performing all these plays and concerts, he came across the whole wide world.

Sam teaches percussion and ensemble at the Conservatory of Mechelen, Belgium.
He is founder of the trio “Percussive”, which is now one the leading percussion groups, touring in the Belgian theatres.

Sam made a serie of short percussion videos which were broadcasted many times on national television, and which are still popular on social media. For one of these movies he was granted with 2 awards at the Corporate Video Festival.

As a composer Sam wrote many educational pieces, a lot of songs for Percussive, some large compositions for percussion ensemble and 6 musicals/mass productions as "King Albert 1",  “Marie-Antoinette”, “Gheelamania 2010 & 2015” and “Mol-in-scene”. These mass productions were visited by more then  90000 people. Sam's piece "Frozen planet" was the mandatory work voor the ONSK percussion ensemble contest 2016, in the highest level.

Sam loves a diversity of musical styles, and is being influenced by musical heroes as Dave Weckl, Walk off the earth, Snarky Puppy, Beatles, Strawinsky, Lloyd Webber, John Mayer, FUN., Bernstein, Selah Sue, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Eva Cassidy, Mike Stern,...

Between all his performing activities he is working on more new sheet music.

More information can be found on his website http://www.samgevers.com/

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