Thom Mills is a professional freelance drummer & percussionist, drum tutor, and drum technician based in Brighton, UK.

Current artists include: Ed Prosek, Derelicts, Adam Day, Holy Vessels, Flash Gordons & Sweet Shorts.

In 2003 he setup a private drum tutoring business in the Sussex area, called “Thom Mills Drums”, utilising his 16 years of musical skills and experience. Working from his home drum studio in Brighton and travelling across Sussex Thom now has a growing student base of 15 pupils aged between 7-30. Thom also leads function band ‘Teenage Kicks’ booked through Alive Network, playing weddings, private parties and corporate events across the globe.

As a freelance drummer & percussionist he sessions for a huge variety of artists and bands in many different genres. These include: Holy Vessels, Derelicts, Flash Gordons, Whiskey For The Wounded, Sunless ’97, Foals, Mechanical Bride, Diana Vickers, Noah & The Whale & The Maccabees. Working as a drum technician Thom has toured with Foals across europe.



“Thom was a drum student of mine from throughout his years on the Higher Diploma and BA(Hons) course at BIMM. Throughout this time I found him to be an excellent student, both in terms of his attendance and punctuality, but also his work ethic to improve his drumming ability. The recent performances I’ve seen have proved to me the hard work has paid off – he’s playing great!”

Adam Bushell (Sheryl Crow, Faithless, Celtus, Rhythm Magazine)

“Our 11 year old son recently started learning drums with Thom Mills. We are so impressed with Thom’s dedication and expertise that I wanted to send this feedback. Thom’s lessons are stimulating and fun whilst still including the essentials such as the reading of drum/ percussion music and attention to correct technique.
Thom has been gaining our son’s interest by focusing on music styles relevant to his age group and from there is moving on to other styles.
Thom is happy to travel to our home for the lesson which is a huge bonus for a busy family! This way, we are easily able to exchange feedback with Thom re. progress. I could not recommend Thom more highly!!”

Debbie Grant (Private Student).

All lessons are conveniently at home at times to suit us. The teacher is always punctual, and lessons are fun, absorbing and well planned. The teacher is also very flexible in terms of new songs we ask to learn. All round 11/10 !

Katy Sayers (Private Student)

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