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 amazing talent over the years. He has travelled the world performing to countless music fans and in many music 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, Chris Henderson and MANY more.
As a studio musician, Jayson has performed on MANY albums and HIT singles. A few to mention are – Jess Moskalukes smash record “ Light Up The Night” with the PLATINUM single “ Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”. Shane Yellowbirds 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”. The Poverty Plainsmen version of “ Sister Golden Hair” reached #2 on the Canadian charts, As well as Melanie Laine having two top 5 singles from her record “ Time Flies”. He has played on many other successful radio singles by Chris Henderson, Jeffery Straker, Big Mike Callan, JJ Voss, Val Halla, Government Town, Amy Nelson, Marny Duncan Cary, Sonic Orchid and more.
On the educating side, Jayson has been motivating and inspiring young musicians since his first private teaching job in 1987. In 2002, Jayson along with long time friend Ray Bell started up one of the hippest music schools around – Music In The House. In the 15 years of MITH, the business has built up to 350 + weekly students and a staff of 17 educators teaching drums, guitar, piano, vocals, fiddle, bass and Music for Young Children. Jayson keep a very busy teaching schedule of 3 – 4 days and 45 + students weekly. As well as the business and 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 Jaysons lifelong commitment to music education, He has been extremely lucky to have had hundreds of education articles published. His work can be found online in The Black Page magazine and 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 a hopefully not to distant future release of his 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 called “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 know 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 and friend George, Julie and Chris Dimas started a very unique all inclusive drum weekend called “ The Stickman Drum Experience”. This event has grown into a one of a kind music experience of a lifetime and has attracted 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, Danieen Schmitt, Flo Mounier, Kevin Churko, Chris Coleman, Mark Kelso, Dafnis Prieto, Gerald Heyward, Scott Pellegrom, Andrew McEnaney, Billy Ward, Tim Smith, Ronn Dunnett SNARE BUILDING, Carter McLean, Jason Sutter, Mike Johnston, Daniel Glass, Matt Halpern and more.
Even though it has been 30 years and a ton of diversity, Jayson feels like he is just getting started.
“ I love hosting events, writing education articles and all that I do, but nothing will replace the feeling of holding a pair of stick and sitting at a set of drums to make music”