Introducing Andrew Hewitt
Andrew Hewitt, dubbed as "Australia's most inspirational drummer", is a world renowned drummer, drum kit educator, drum circle and percussion workshop facilitator, drum circle facilitator, radio presenter, motivational speaker and disability advocate.
He was born with Cerebral Palsy, which restricts movement in his arms and legs, which forces him to use a wheelchair. This has made drumming a very serious challenge. Despite this, Andrew has been working successfully all over Australia, and internationally for over 28 years.
Andrew Hewitt & Can-Do Musos live @ The NAMM Show, Anaheim, California - 25 January 2019
Andrew Hewitt regaining my independence, with Mobilty Engineering - 11 April 2018
Andrew Hewitt live @ Just Music Berlin, Berlin Germany - 17 October 2017
Andrew Hewitt - Have Wheelchair Will Travel - ABC Lateline (AUS) - 8th September 2017
Andrew Hewitt & David Ward for Musicians On the Record (USA) - July 2017
Andrew Hewitt & Can-Do Musos opening The NAMM Show 2017, 19th Jan 2017, Anaheim, California.
Andrew Hewitt in ABC 24's National News in Australia. Courtesy of Norman Hermant
Andrew Hewitt performing with Can-Do Musos @ The NAMM Show, Anaheim, California, 24 Jan 2016
Check out Andrew's interview with Dan Shinder for Drum Talk TV filmed at the Zildjian Cymbals booth at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California on the 24th January 2015.
He was born with Cerebral Palsy, which restricts movement in his arms and legs, which forces him to use a wheelchair. This has made drumming a very serious challenge.
Despite this, over the past 20 years Andrew has worked successfully as a Performing Artist, Drum Teacher, Drum set Clinician, Motivational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, and Disability Advocate.
Andrew is an Australian facilitator for TRAP'D (The Rhythmic Arts Project Downunder), an educational program using hand drums and percussion, which is based on the The Rhythmic Arts Project, which was founded in 1997 by Eddie Tuduri in Santa Barbara, California.
He is also a founding board member of Can-Do Musos, a global voice which has been setup to support artists with challenges from all over the world which was established at a meeting at Dom Famularo's Wizdom Drumshed in Port Jefferson, New York on the 15th March 2013.
In 2014, Andrew was nominated for the prestigious "Australian of the Year" award, and although he didn't make it as a finalist, it was still a huge honor for Andrew.
For the past 4 years, Andrew has presented on a panel with other Can-Do Musos members in at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. In 2016, performance was added into the Can-Do Musos presentation, and in 2017, 9 Can-Do Musos from 4 countries had the opening spot on Center Stage at NAMM. In 2019, Andrew joined another group of Can-Do Musos performing on the Arena Plaza Stage at NAMM. In October 2017, Andrew was part of the Berlin & Australia Arts Exchange Project for Arts Access Australia. Andrew did various workshops and performances in Berlin, Germany.
Andrew is an internationally endorsed artist for Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and Remo Drum Heads and World Percussion.
Andrew is also member of the Vic Firth PDT (Private Drum Teacher) Educational Program, and an International Drum Circle Facilitator endorsed artist through Remo USA.
Andrew Hewitt is available for:
- Drum Lessons in Sydney
- TRAP'D (The Rhythmic Arts Project Downunder)
- Drum Kit Clinics and Hand Drumming Workshops
- Drum Circles
- Disability Drumming Programs
- Motivational Speaking
- Conference Presenting - Keynote Speaking
- Live Performances
Andrew would like to thank Australia Council for the Arts for their assistance funding his overseas endeavours.