About Me

Lachlan Hawkins is a Brisbane-based freelance drummer, handpan player and educator currently engaged in many musical projects, ranging from jazz and improvised music to musical theatre, corporate entertainment and music therapy.

As a performer, Lachlan has been fortunate to work with some of the most accomplished musicians and ensembles in Queensland and beyond, including James Morrison, John Hoffman, Kristin Berardi, Elly Hoyt, Kayleigh Pincott, Melissa Western, The View from Madeleine’s Couch, the Con Artists and the Queensland Show Choir. During his studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Lachlan was selected as one of six national finalists in the James Morrison Scholarship (2014), and later graduated in 2015 with the University Medal for Academic Excellence and First Class Honours for his research work relating to tertiary drummers’ heath and mindset. His current projects include: Kayleigh Pincott Quintet, Min/Svoboda/Hawkins Trio, Nimble Trio with Sophie Min and Dave Galea, the Brooklyn Standard Jam Night house band as well as regular performances locally and nationally with his corporate drumming group SoundStruck.

Lachlan’s other rewarding highlights to date include touring Asia and Europe with the Queensland Youth Symphony in 2012, mentoring students together with the Juilliard Jazz faculty at the New York Jazz Symposium (University of Melbourne, 2014) and performing with the Newcomb/Hoffman Quintet at Magnetic Island Jazz Festival (2013/2014). In 2015, Lachlan also was a participant in the Centrum Jazz Port Townsend (USA) program (featuring 200 participants and over 40 teaching faculty), where he performed in Terell Stafford’s 7-piece student combo as well as the Jazz Port Townsend Big Band directed by Clarence Acox. Lachlan has been fortunate to study with a number of influential teachers over the years including Paul Hudson, John Parker, David Jones, Grant Collins, Marcio Bahia (Brazil), Vanessa Tomlinson & Nozomi Omote.

Outside of drumming, Lachlan has a passion for the beautiful steel sound sculpture known as the ‘handpan’, and has begun developing his own sound as a solo artist in recent years. Lachlan has presented his original music at the Tablelands Folk Festival, Music by the Sea Festival, PanOz Festival, the Stairwell Project at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital as well as sold-out shows at the Brisbane Jazz Club and the QLD Conservatorium.

Professionally, Lachlan has been involved in a number of productions as a drummer & percussionist including:

  • BRISBANE SINGS (QPAC Concert Hall), drums, 2013-2017
  • GREASE: The Arena Spectacular (Newcastle & Adelaide), drums – Harvest Rain Theatre Company, 2017
  • Sierra Boggess Australian Tour (Brisbane), drums & percussion, 2017
  • SWING ON THIS (Gold Coast Arts Centre), 2015
  • QLD Premieres: NEXT TO NORMAL (2013) & SPRING AWAKENING (2011), Oscar Theatre Company
  • Bright Star Carols featuring Harrison Craig & Luke Kennedy (Brisbane), 2013

With a passion for education, Lachlan currently is a facutly member of the Young Conservatorium, Sheldon College and Just Percussion Music School**.

** To get in contact with Lachlan about private tuition, please visit the Just Percussion website – www.justpercussion.com.au – or contact the JP Music School at (07) 3216 0801