James Pattugalan

Teaching: Drums and Percussion
Levels: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced
Ages: All
Genres:  All
Available: Days and hours subject to the teacher’s availability.
Duration: 30 mins and a 1-hour class.

10 week Lesson*: Individual lesson $720 (1 hour) and $500 (30 mins). Lessons start at any time regardless of school terms.

* Before schedule, you can buy a 10-week package for $720 paid in full, or pay a subscription for $72 in weekly payment. Read more.


James was 13 years old when he started getting lessons from renowned Canberra drummer Carl Witty. After finishing Year 12 in 1984 he was accepted into the Preparatory Jazz Course at the prestigious Canberra School of Music. He went on to complete the Diploma in Jazz Studies in 1989 becoming one of the top students.

He learned from the best tutors in Canberra, namely Colin Hoorweg, George Urbaszek, Dave Kain, Harold Luebke, John Black, Tony Hayes, Mike Price and Don Johnson.
He moved to Sydney in 1991 and joined Greg Sheehan in Utungun Percussion – a legendary five-piece roaming percussion group that performed at Sydney Festival, WOMAD, Singapore Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Calgary Festival and The National Folk Festival.

In 1998, James was part of the Australian delegation sent to Monte Carlo, helping Sydney win the right to host the 2000 Olympics.
Along the way, James also performed with Stalker Theatre Company that toured Europe in the year 2000. He also toured with the Leigh Warren Dance Company to Japan and South Australia, and with the Great Bowing Company to Taiwan.
During his time in Sydney, James performed with an amazing array of musical talent such as David Fanshwe (African Sanctus), John Paul Young, Jackie Orszaczky, Toni Nation, Archie Roach, Brassov, Ruthless, Skunkhour and Juice.

He recorded a children’s album with George Spartels from ABC’s Playschool. He also recorded advertisements for Bonds Briefs, Pine Furniture and Amnesty International.
In 2005, James moved to Byron Bay and toured with local legend Lisa Hunt. He quickly established his professionalism and became one of the most sought after musicians in the area, performing with Brisbane band Kingfisha and touring with Saritah in Korea.

His versatility enabled him to play with the best bands in the Northern Rivers such as reggae group Fyah Walk, blues group Matt Hanley Trio, Gypsy group Shakshuka, Latin band Diaspora Latino, electronic band Cyberbass, jazz band Sunrise Trio and folk artist Jodi Martin.

He’s currently performing with top local bands like the Bohemian Cowboys and Jaffer, that features Luke Ferguson and Matt Day.
James is recording and producing his own music and will have it released by the end of 2020.