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Rod Pooley

Telephone Number :  07799 800 656

Email address :  rodpooley@me.com

Website :  www.thedrawtones.com

Address :  Flat 2,  51 Manor Road,  Bexhill on Sea,  East Sussex,  TN40 1SN 

About Rod


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's Photo Gallery

  The Drawtones pictured here at Pizza Express Jazz Club with special guest Derek Nash (Jools Holland R&B Orchestra)

Rod's Concert Diary

Rod's Festival appearances

Rod will also be featured at the following festivals this year.


February 3rd

   Cheltenham Chase

July 7th

   Mill Rythe - Hayling Island

October 6th

   Mercure York

Concerts in 2017
October 23rdBrentwood Organ and Keyboard Club
October 27thCrawley Keyboard Club
November 8thHailsham Organ Club
November 15thGreat Yarmouth Live Keyboard Music Club
November 28thOrpington Keyboard Club
Concerts in 2018
January 2ndEastbourne Piano and Keyboard Club
February 28thFaversham Organ & Keyboard Concerts
March 2ndColchester Organ Society
March 27thGloucestershire Keyboard and Organ Club
April 3rdBexley Music Club
May 6thMusic for Northallerton
August 15thBroadway Organ Society
October 9thLowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club
October 18thEast Herts Modern Organ Club
November 15thSussex Keyboard and Organ Club