Born in 1972 and from Shepperton, Middx, Gary Willcox started playing the drums when he was 10 years old, with encouragement from his father, himself a musician. He quickly became fascinated with the great jazz drummers Buddy Rich, Max Roach & Art Blakey and through them discovered the whole world of Jazz. In 1988 Gary started formal drum studies with renowned drum kit teacher Trevor Tomkins. Gary went on to study orchestral percussion at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Gary has been playing around UK & European jazz scene since the mid ’90’s, performing with the likes of Jim Mullen, Ian Shaw, Chris Batchelor, Chris Biscoe, Iain Ballamy, Alex Garnett and being a member of bands lead/co.lead by himself, Tony Woods, Robin Mullarkey, Nick Ramm, Steve Main.