Welcome to the website of Joe England. Joe is a professional freelance drummer based in West Yorkshire. He has played in a wide variety of settings and performed well in excess of 3500 professional shows and gigs in his career thus far.



Joe began his professional career at a Warner Leisure Hotel, where he played in the resident band for 8 months. Since then, highlights include four years working for Princess Cruises as a show band musician and musical director, backing hundreds of various artists from stars of the past, West End and Broadway stars, world leading tribute acts, as well as backing cast production shows. He has various theatre credits such as  ‘Bells Are Ringing’ in London starring Anna-Jane Casey, touring UK theatres, festival stages and city halls with ‘Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular’,  ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’,  ‘ABBA Mania’, ‘Northern Live – Do I Love You’, to name a few.

A true professional

From hotels to theatres to festivals to functions, Joe offers a consistent level of professionalism and experience to all that he does. He is an extremely strong sight reader and has live and studio experience playing in a wide variety of styles including pop, rock, jazz, funk, big band swing and musical theatre shows.

Joe is grateful to have been educated and mentored by some of the UK’s leading drummers such as Dave Hassell, Gabor Dornyei, Dave Tyas, Paul Smith and Stu Roberts. Joe’s versatility behind the drums is what has set him apart from others.

To get in touch please call Joe on 07743 632213 or use the contact form.


Cruise Ships

  • Princess Cruises Showband Musician/Musical Director – Backing up hundreds of guest artists/dozens of tribute acts from Freddie Mercury to Dolly Parton/Production shows/Broadway stars/West End stars. Providing jazz and big band sets. Over 2000 shows performed over 4 years.
    – Coral Princess – USA/Caribbean/Central America
    – Golden Princess – USA
    – Emerald Princess – Europe
    – Caribbean Princess – USA/Caribbean
    – Sea Princess – Australia/New Zealand/Asia
    – Sun Princess – Australia/South Pacific/Asia/Africa
    – Dawn Princess – Australia/Asia/South Pacific/USA

    UK Tribute/Theatre Shows

  • The Queen B Experience by Nicola T – UK Beyoncé Tribute
  • My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion Songbook – UK Tours as Drummer/MD
  • Northern Live “Do I Love You” – UK’s leading Northern Soul Theatre Production
  • The Ragdolls – UK Tours with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Tribute Show
  • Big Girls Don’t Cry – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Tribute Show
  • The Ultimate Queen Revival
  • Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show – UK Tours as Drummer/MD
  • Mark Anthony – International Elvis Tribute Act, European Drummer (2016 to present)
  • The Karpenters – UK’s No. One Carpenters Tribute Show
  • Walk Like A Man – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Tribute Show
  • Take That Live – Drummer for UK’s Number One Tribute Show
  • The Committed – UK Commitments Tribute Show
  • Paul Larcombe – Internationally acclaimed Elvis Tribute Act
  • The World Famous Elvis Show starring Chris Connor – Internationally acclaimed Elvis Tribute Act
  • Dream Electric – 80’s Tribute Band

    Function Bands

  • Rollacoaster – High end functions/corporate events in UK and Europe
  • Monotones – Yorkshire’s premier function band
  • New York Brass Band – Roaming New Orleans style party band
  • Light It Up/The Switch Entertainment – Percussionist
  • Jive Doctors – UK function band
  • The Beat Collective – Leeds based function band
  • The Rib Ticklers – Irish party band
  • Soul Revolver – Cheshire based party band
  • Musical Orphans – UK function band
  • Alibi – UK function band
  • A Girl Called Sue – UK function band
  • Flat Cap Brass – Yorkshire based New Orleans style brass band

Jazz/Big Band/Fusion

  • Alan Wormald Band – Playing repertoire such as Steely Dan to Allan Holdsworth
  • Vibe-ology – Jazz/Funk/Blues Organ Trio with Vibraphone
  • The Al Morrison Blues Experience
  • The Jazz Standard – Leeds Based Wedding Jazz Quartet
  • Head Of Steam Jazz Collective, Huddersfield
  • Greg Francis Orchestra – Big Band Swing
  • Anchormen Jazz Orchestra
  • Zenith Quintet

    Musical Theatre Shows

  • Cinderella – Wakefield Theatre Royal Pantomime
  • Aladdin – Wakefield Theatre Royal Pantomime
  • Jack & The Beanstalk – Wakefield Theatre Royal Pantomime
  • Merrily We Roll Along – Leeds Playhouse
  • Sister Act – Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama
  • Bells Are Ringing – Union Theatre, London
  • Cats – Stagecoach Theatre School
  • They’re Playing Our Song – Musical Theatre – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
  • West Side Story – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
  • Fame – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
  • Joseph & His Technicolour Dreamcoat – Amateur Production
  • Back to the 80’s Musical – Amateur Production
  • Guys & Dolls –  Amateur production


  • Warner Leisure Hotels – Former resident drummer at Thoresby Hall Hotel


  • The Calls – ‘The Night The World Stood Still’
    Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6S974l5OYCd9qYA0lmllQo?si=hos62y0xRRagoJGgmMAGHA


Joe is the proud owner and founder of Holme Valley Drum Tuition, based at a fully equipped private studio just outside Holmfirth. He is CRB/DBS checked and offers teaching on a one to one basis, offering fun, tailored lessons to all abilities of any age. He has taught privately and in schools for over 10 years.  If you wish to complete the grades for drums, Joe offers the Trinity College London and also the Rock School syllabuses (currently with 100% pass rate!).

He can either come to you, (fuel charges may apply) or teach you at his studio. If you just want to try things out, Joe offers a free 30 minute introductory taster lesson for anyone who wishes to have a go and see what the drums are all about!

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any other queries. You can do this either via contact form on this site or by going to the dedicated teaching Facebook page.



“My 12 year old son started drum lessons with Joe just over a year ago and really looks forward to his weekly lessons. Joe is an extremely dedicated and committed teacher and, being a professional drummer himself, is a real inspiration to Oliver. Throughout the last few very difficult months of lockdown, Joe’s online drum lessons have been a real focus for Oliver, giving him much-needed structure and a valuable sense of achievement. It’s wonderful to see Oliver so passionate about his drumming and, most importantly, so keen to practice! Huge thanks to Joe for continuing to motivate and inspire him.”

Nicola Guest – Holmfirth

“Joe has been teaching my son for just over a year and he loves to go and jam with his drumming partner! Joe is very patient and encourages him to play and be passionate and creative. I would recommend him every time!”

Christina Hoyle – Holmfirth

“Joe is a great drummer and a wonderful teacher. My son really enjoyed his lessons with him and Joe got him through his Trinity Guildhall grades pretty quickly. Having done them himself, Joe knew exactly what was needed to pass them. Highly Recommended!” 

Cris James – Meltham

”Joe is proving to be an excellent tutor for my son, Henry, ensuring his strong progression with this new skill”

Neil Regan – Holmfirth


“Joe is a fantastic drummer and I have received positive feedback every time I have used him as a dep in a variety of situations. A well prepared drummer with a professional approach.”

Stu Roberts – Drummer. Credits include Jersey Boys UK Tour, Spamalot London West End, Rocky Horror Show UK Tour, to name a few…


“I’ve worked with Joe a few times & found him to be reliable & punctual. As drummer he’s totally solid, stylish & inventive – he even smiles on stage. Good guy!”

John Morton – Musical Director. Credits include Nottingham Playhouse Pantomime, International Tours of Cats, Evita, Grease, Jekyll & Hyde, Dirty Dancing, 9 to 5, to name a few…


“As a bass player, the great thing about working with Joe is that he really listens to you & the group as a whole. Great feel, great time, inventive. Always a strong groove. Makes my job easy”

Simon Goulding – Bassist who has performed, toured and recorded with a range of major artists including The Bee Gees, Robbie Williams, Ronan Keating, The Temptations, The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Drifters, The Four Tops, The Three Degrees, The Snake Davis Band, Neil Sedaka, Clare Teal, and The Joe Loss Orchestra, among many others.


“After the first time working with Joe on a cruise ship in Australia, I knew he had something special. Not only did he have the ability to read the charts put in front of him for the very first time, he also had a way of interpreting them in the style, with added flare when it was needed, a rare thing to find with reading drummers. His organisation and dedication allowed him to study the songs and give the songs exactly what they needed, character and authenticity. He is my first choice drummer whenever I tour the UK and Europe. So easy to work with and very professional. Thanks, Joe, for the countless hours of hard work and dedication!”

Mark Anthony – International Elvis Impersonator





Contact me now regarding bookings for gigs or drum lessons!