With a career spanning that past 30 years in the music industry, Jayson Brinkworth finds himself in a VERY unique position as a player, studio musician, educator, business owner, author and industry builder.
As a player, Jayson has had the amazing fortune of sharing the stage with some exceptional musicians over the years. He has travelled the world performing to countless music fans and performed with artists spanning many musical genres. A short list of artists include Aaron Pritchett, JD Fortune, Bet E, Deborah Cox, Beverly Mahood, Shaun Verreault, Patricia Conroy, Jack Semple, Arkadia, One More Girl, Jess Moskaluke, Shane Yellowbird, Bjorn Again and Chris Henderson
As a studio musician, Jayson has performed on MANY albums and HIT singles. A few to mention are Jess Moskaluke’s smash record, “ Light Up The Night” with the PLATINUM single, “ Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”, Shane Yellowbird’s hit record, “ Life Is Calling My Name” with three #1 singles in Canada “ Pickup Truck”, “I Remember The Music” and “ They’re All About You”. As well, he added his grooves to The Poverty Plainsmen version of “ Sister Golden Hair” which reached #2 on the Canadian charts and Melanie Laine’s two top 5 singles from her record, “Time Flies”.
He has played on many other successful radio singles by various artists including Chris Henderson, Jeffery Straker, Big Mike Callan, JJ Voss, Val Halla, Government Town, Amy Nelson, Marny Duncan Cary, Sonic Orchid and more.
As an educator, Jayson has been motivating and inspiring young musicians since his first private teaching job in 1987. In 2002, Jayson, along with longtime friend Ray Bell, started up one of the hippest music schools around – Music In The House. In 15 years, MITH has grown in excess of 350 students with a staff of 17 educators teaching drums, guitar, piano, vocals, fiddle, bass and Music for Young Children. Jayson devotes 3-4 days per week teaching his 45+ students. As well as his private teaching, Jayson has worked in many school divisions across Saskatchewan and has developed several drum and percussion programs for thousands of students.
Along with Jayson’s lifelong commitment to music education, he has been extremely lucky to have had hundreds of educational articles published. His work can be found online in The Black Page magazine, in print with Canadian Musician and the prestigious drum industry-leading magazine, Modern Drummer. He is also a member of the Modern Drummer Education Team and contributes to the online forums.
Jayson also continues to put together material for his first book, “Thinking Outside The Books”.
As in any career, diversity is the key to longevity and Jayson has exercised this in his pursuit to pass along the highest level of drumming education and inspiration. In 2006, Jayson hosted his first drum education event, ”Drummin’ Sunday”. Since that very first event, and many independently hosted clinics, the Regina Drum Festival became a reality in 2011.
With Jayson independently hosting and promoting the event, the Regina Drum Festival is now globally known and has hosted some of the best drummers on the planet such as Bernard Purdie, Stanton Moore, Aaron Spears, Steve Ferrone, Herman Matthews, Paul Leim, Gregg Bissonette, Scott Pellegrom, Gorden Campbell, Kenny Aronoff, Dom Famularo, Shawn Pelton, Chris McHugh, Ronn Dunnett, Tom Brechtlein, Emmanuelle Caplette, Larnell Lewis, Brent Fitz, Dave Mattacks, Chris Coleman, Aaron Edgar, Richie Gajate Garcia, Matt Halpern, Mark Kelso, Dafnis Prieto, Gerald Heyward, YoungPete Alexander, Daniel Glass, Chris Dimas and more.
If the Regina Drum Festival wasn’t enough, in 2012, Jayson, along with his wife Laura Roddick, friend George, and Julie and Chris Dimas, started a very unique all-inclusive drum weekend called “The Stickman Drum Experience”. This event has grown into a music experience of a lifetime attracting attendees from all over Canada and the USA. Stickman has hosted many top names in the drum industry such as Chester Thompson, Rich Redmond, Paul DeLong, Chris Johnson, Gergo Borlai, Damien Schmitt, Flo Mounier, Kevin Churko, Chris Coleman, Mark Kelso, Dafnis Prieto, Gerald Heyward, Scott Pellegrom, Andrew McEnaney, Billy Ward, Tim Smith, Ronn Dunnett, Carter McLean, Jason Sutter, Mike Johnston, Daniel Glass and Matt Halpern.
Even though Jayson’s multi-faceted career has spanned 30 years, he feels like he is just getting started. Despite his love for the diversity of experiences he has been fortunate enough to enjoy, his singular focus and passion is clear:
“While I love hosting events, writing educational articles and all that I do, nothing will replace the feeling of holding a pair of sticks and sitting at a set of drums to make music.”