Early Musical Background
* Jack started music at the age of 7 with singing and piano.
At the age of 9, Jack sang in his first of 4 operas with The Australian Opera and Victorian State Opera, whilst learning piano. Jack then commenced percussion studies at Blackburn High on scholarship, and in 1997, topped the states VCE Drumkit exams, performed at The State CAT Show, VCE Excellence Concert and demonstrated at all VCE Percussion Masterclasses in '96 and '97. The Blackburn Senior Stage Band also won every A Division award in Australia, including; Generations In Jazz at Mt Gambier (Jack selected for James Morrison Super Band), South Street & Melbourne Bands Festival. The following year in 1998 Jack was accepted into the VCA and Box Hill College, and Jack won the open division of Australia's Best Up & Coming Drummer Competition (2nd youngest at the time) whilst at Box Hill.
* Jack performs regularly with top Melbourne corporate act, Chunky Jam.
Jack has toured Australia and the world with many bands, artists and shows. He has played in The Australian Showband, Grandwazoo, Relax With Max and Jetty Road. He has played alongside artists such as Anthony Warlow, iOTA (Mad Max, Great Gatsby), Adam Thompson (Chocolate Starfish), Mig Ayesa and Darren Coggan (Peace-Train), and has performed in pro theatre shows; Grease, Shout, Moonshadows and Hedwig & The Angry Inch. Jack is currently freelancing in Melbourne, performing with a wide range of outfits. He recently performed in the support band to Mariah Carey's NYE 15/16 performance at Palladium (with Chunky Jam). Jack has international endorsements with Sleishman Drums, Soultone Cymbals, Vater Drumsticks and Prologix Percussion. In 2009, Sleishman released the Jack Bennett Signature Snare Drum worldwide to critical acclaim. Jack's side project is Hanzen Feet, an odd mix of eclectic drum & percussion videos.
* Icanplaydrums.com is now offering highly personalised custom drum lesson videos with ICPD Custom Studio, click here.
Jack currently divides his teaching between his website (since 2005) www.icanplaydrums.com - which has a membership of over 107,000 drummers worldwide, and through which he has produced 15 instructional DVD products, and authored 3 books, and teaching percussion in local schools. Jack's DVD's have been sold nation wide in Billy Hydes stores and have received 5 star writeups in Rhythm UK Magazine. Jack has been featured in The Age newspaper, Drumscene Magazine and he has 3 drum solos on the VCE Drumkit Syllabus, and 6 solos on the ANZCA syllabus. Jack's students have placed as high as 2nd in national drumming competitions and received scholarships at top Melbourne Universities. Jack teaches from K-12, including VCE, AMEB, CPM and Trinity. Jack also teaches privately from his home studio, and worldwide through Skype.
* Jack is on the Cirque du Soleil artist list for both drums and percussion.
To see Jack's performance videos, please visit his Drumkit Page here, and his Percussion Page here. Please check back regularly as this page is constantly being updated as new material gets filmed/recorded. To see photos at live gigs/shows, please visit the gallery.
Top 10 Albums..
In no particular order:
1) "My Spanish
Heart" - Chick Corea
2) "October Road" - James Taylor
3) "Kind Of Blue" - Miles Davis
4) "Castle Of The Mad King" - N.J. Zivkovic
5) "Voices" - Mike Stern
6) "Loose Change" - Live at the Grainstore
7) "Past To Present" - Toto
8) "My Favourite Things" - John Coltrane
9) "Off The Wall" - Michael Jackson
10) "Dirty Lops" - Dirty Loops