Born in Welling, Kent, in 1966, the youngest of three sons of Michael and Sheila Pooley. Rod started playing electronic organ at the age of seven years studying under the very capable guidance of John Norris (Principal of the Southern Music Training Centre Bromley). Rod furthered his playing skills by starting piano from the age of ten. Rod at this time was very fortunate to be taught the piano by a top London jazz pianist James Fagg which is no doubt why Rod is an extremely fluent jazz player. Rod passed the eleven plus and went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School which at that time had one of the largest school music departments in the UK. The school had three full orchestras and Rod's claim to fame was to perform solo in concert at the school in front of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath who was the Bexley MP at that time. While at Grammar School Rod also formed the first jazz band the school had ever had. During and after leaving full time education, Rod won many major titles in the organ world. These include:
1981 at 14 years of age Young Theatre Organist of the Year
1985 and 1986 at 18 and 19 years of age National Organist of the year
1988 at 21 years of age Yamaha Electone Festival Winner
Rod has Grade VIII on Piano and Organ and achieved a performance diploma in electronic organ playing at just 17 years of age.For two years Rod was a Church organist at St Michaels and All Angels Eastbourne where the family had moved to in 1982.Rod's professional career was already well established by the time he left school, performing at many organ societies. He has performed in many forms of entertainment both as soloist and in bands and big bands. Rod has worked with the Joe Loss Orchestra, the Ken Mackintosh Big Band, Mike Reid and Jimmy Tarbuck. Rod has organised and run a very successful organ and keyboard school, and now combines his busy performing and demonstrating career with a directorship of The Drawtones his Funky Organ Classics band.
Music Industry Experience
2012 - Present Demonstrator and Softeware Writer for Yamaha TRX Keyboard Systems.
2004 - 2012 Rod was Product Specialist and Events organiser for Korg UK. As well as conducting workshops and demonstrations to Organ & Keyboard clubs and societies around the country, Rod launched new Korg products most recently the Pa3x Professional Arranger Keyboard.
2002 - 2004... Hammond Demonstrator specialising in the XT, XE and the New B3 which Rod helped to launch in the UK at Caister.
2000 - 2002... Roland Atelier Demonstrator
1995 - 2000... Technics Music Academy Teacher and Demonstrator of Organs and KN Keyboards.
Rod's Band "The Drawtones"
Rod has a busy professional career gigging with his newly signed band The Drawtones which recently appeared with Curtis Stigers, Derek Nash (Jools Holland Band) and featured in the 2016 Rye International Jazz Festival.
The Drawtones website: www.thedrawtones.com
Visit www.thedrawtones.com to see all the latest news and events for Rod's exciting new band "The Drawtones".
Rod will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2018|
|July 19th||Harrogate Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club|
|August 15th||Plymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club|
|August 19th||Aldermaston Concert Centre|
|August 25th||Music 4 You - Hilton Warwick (more details)|
Evening Concert and Late Night Show.
|August 27th||The Drawtones - Bulls Head Barnes 8pm (more details)|
Tickets £10 - £12 - 020 8876 5241
|September 6th||The Drawtones - The Verdict (Brighton Jazz Club) (more details)|
See a top class 5 piece line up at The Verdict (Brighton Jazz Club). 159, Edward Street, Brighton BN2 0JB - Tickets £10/ Concessions £5. - 01273 674847. Doors 7pm, Show 8.30pm.
|September 10th||Keyboard Cavalcade Seacroft Hemsby|
|September 11th||Keyboard Cavalcade Seacroft Hemsby|
|September 12th||Keyboard Cavalcade Seacroft Hemsby|
|September 13th||Keyboard Cavalcade Seacroft Hemsby|
|September 14th||Keyboard Cavalcade - Seacroft Hemsby|
|October 5th||Colchester Organ Society|
|October 9th||Lowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club|
|October 11th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society|
|October 18th||East Herts Modern Organ Club|
|October 19th||The Drawtones - Stables Theatre Hastings 8pm (more details)|
Tickets £10 - £13 - 01424 423221
|October 23rd||Wizard Festivals, Paignton, Devon.|
|October 24th||Wizard Festivals, Paignton, Devon.|
|October 25th||Kingswinford and District Organ Society|
|November 3rd||TRX Genos Duo Show with David Harrild (more details)|
Hi Rod Curtain up 7pm Doors open 6.15 Meridian Centre community hall, Meridian way, Peacehaven BN10 8BB Tickets only available via their let line 01273 512771 For first timers £0.00 (Limited availability) For re visits £6
|November 10th||The Yamaha Club Weekend|
|November 15th||Sussex Keyboard and Organ Club|
|November 18th||The Drawtones - Herstmonceux Castle 7.30pm (more details)|
Tickets £12 - 07799 800656
|November 23rd||St Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)|
Horringer Community Centre, Horringer, Nr Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5RU. Contact Mike Roberts 01359 250704 or 07773 244616. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
|December 6th||The Drawtones - Pizza Express Maidstone (more details)|
Tickets £12 - 020 7439 4962
|December 7th||Top Note Events - Turkey & Tinsel Eastbourne (more details)|
Cumberland Hotel Eastborne
|December 8th||Top Note Events - Turkey & Tinsel Eastbourne (more details)|
Cumberland Hotel, Eastbourne
|December 17th||Brentwood Organ and Keyboard Club|
|Concerts in 2019|
|January 18th||Ascot Organ and Keyboard Club|
|January 25th||The Drawtones with Derek Nash - Deans Place Hotel Alfriston (more details)|
Fine Jazz and Tapas Night. Doors 7pm - Show 7.30pm Tickets £15 - 01323 870248
|January 29th||Hastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society|
|February 20th||Fife Electronic Organ Society|
|February 21st||Harrogate Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club|
|February 24th||Music for the North East|
|February 25th||Leyland In Tune|
|March 9th||Cambridge Electronic Organ Society|
|March 13th||Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)|
|March 28th||The Drawtones at Arundel Jailhouse - 8pm (more details)|
Tickets - £8 - 01903 889821
|April 7th||Stilton In Tune|
|April 9th||Withernsea Organ Society|
|April 16th||Bideford Keyboard and Organ Club|
|April 17th||Plymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club|
|May 19th||St Audries|
|May 20th||St Audries|
|August 16th||Burgess Hill Keyboard Club|
|September 18th||Watford Organ & Keyboard Club|
|September 25th||Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club|
|October 3rd||Scunthorpe Organ Society|
|December 9th||Medway Organ and Keyboard Club|