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Dan paying on stage with the Drifters at Wembley Arena as prt of th Legends Live Tour

Bio and Recent Projects

Dan Hayward is a drummer and percussionist based in the West Midlands area of the U.K.


He started playing drums at a very early age, his dad is a drummer and as a result of growing up watching him play, Dan was naturally drawn to the instrument.

Dan's formal music education started at high school with tuition provided by Sandwell Youth Music, progressing through his graded exams and playing for marching bands, brass bands, theatre productions and dance bands in the local area as well as the education authority ensembles.

After sixth form, he gained a place at the prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire (now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) to study Orchestral Percussion. Whilst there, Dan crafted a reputation as a very reliable, dedicated and able player. As a result of this, Dan was lucky enough to be able to work with a variety of Artists/Ensembles during his time in Birmingham as well as being able to tour to many locations around the globe, graduating from the Conservatoire in 2010 with a BMus (Hons) degree.

As well as other freelance work, Dan is currently/has been involved with the following artists/tours:

Wicked (DEP:UK Tour)

Sister Act (DEP: UK Tour)

The Heritage Orchestra: Home Alone Live (UK Arena Tour)

The Lion King (DEP: U.K and Ireland Tour)

Frozen (DEP: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London West End)

Dreamgirls (First ever U.K and Ireland tour)

Hairspray (U.K /and Ireland tour)

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan (U.K Tour)

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan (Coliseum, London West End)

Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (U.K tour)

Saturday Night Fever (U.K tour)

Evita, with the Turin National Opera Orchestra, Turin Opera House, May 2018

Evita (International tour)

Evita (Phoenix Theatre, London West End)

Evita (U.K/European tour)

American Idiot (DEP: Arts Theatre, London West End)

American Idiot (DEP: UK and Ireland tour/London)

Thoroughly Modern Millie (DEP: Kilworth House)

Avenue Q (U.K tour)

The Legends Live Arena Tour (playing with The Drifters and Mary Wilson of The Supremes)

The Drifters (tour)

Stand By Me (U.K Tour)

The Unforgettable Show (U.K tour)

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- Some examples of recordings that Dan has been involved with 

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