Ali Wells

Ali Wells is an experienced drum teacher based in Leeds, England.

Ali Wells

Drum Teacher in Leeds

Email: [email protected]

Teacher Info

Alasdair Wells is the first class and award-winning graduate from Leeds College Of Music, specialising in Jazz and Popular Music performance with disciplines in Drum Kit and Percussion. Most notably, Alasdair was resident drummer for band ‘Rationale’ on their debut UK and American sell-out tours, including performances for Bestival Toronto, JBTV, BBC Radio 1’s Future Festival in London and Later… with Jools Holland.

Performances with other artists include the opening ceremony for the 2014 Tour de France at the Leeds First Direct Arena with Kimberley Walsh and Alasdair Griffin, the London Mayor’s Stage at the 2012 Olympics with Edmund Jeffery and a debut live session on Sofar Sounds with Bianca Gerald, with whom he is also a resident live drummer.

With a passion for session work as well as live performance in a variety of genres, Alasdair plays for a number of Jazz, Pop and experimental ensembles whilst also enjoying composing and co-writing music for various Jazz idioms. The Calvin Travers Trio, Aleks Podraza Trio, Natalie Holmes and Nicky Powel are to name only a few of the artists that he has performed for, both live and in the studio, whilst also pursuing many solo and collaborative projects.

In amongst performance for original artists, Alasdair also manages and performs in Kudos Functions UK, a high-end wedding and party band and is a group workshop leader and peripatetic tutor for various arts organisations in Yorkshire. He also works as a private drum teacher in Leeds.

Music Qualifications & Achievements:

  • 1st Class BA (Hons) Music (Combined), Leeds College of Music
  • Director’s prize for Combined Music, Leeds College of Music (2014)
  • Trinity guildhall Grade 8 Distinction Drums
  • ABRSM Grade 6 Theory

Drum tutors to date:

  • Dave Walsh Jazz Kit Tutor 2011 – 2014
  • Nick Katuzonek Pop Kit Tutor 2013 – 2014
  • Jojo Mayer Masterclass 2014
  • Craig Blundell Masterclass 2011
  • Nano Sarfo Djembe Tutor (Ghana) 2010
  • Ian Thompson Drum Corp Leader 2005 – 2011
  • Gordon Forbes Drum Corp Leader 2005 – 2011
  • Dave Innes Individual Tutor 2002 – 2011
  • Archer Kemp Individual Tutor 2002 – 2011


1/2 hour£15.00
1 hour£25.00


I teach my lessons from a teaching space located on Easdale Crescent, Leeds, LS14 6QA, UK. My full teaching address will be provided upon your first lesson booking. I also offer mobile drum lessons, subject to my teaching schedule and the location of the student – get in touch for more information.


To book your first lesson with me, or to find out more about my music lessons, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on [email protected].

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