Biography, Feedback, Testimonials, Data

A little bit of an overview...

I am a Guitar and Ukulele Tutor, offering private lessons and group workshops, based near Bognor Regis, West Sussex. I run several guitar and ukulele clubs for beginner and intermediate levels (Coustics), and numerous Open Mic nights between Worthing and Portsmouth. Gig-wise I play guitar and mandolin in an REM tribute band, (REMbrandt) and guitar and bass in a covers band (The Beaten Tracks). All these bands play all manner of venues and festivals along the south-coast.

One of the mostly commonly asked questions I get asked is "How long have you been playing?" and although, somewhere on this site there is a picture of me leaping off a beanbag with a Fisher Price guitar aged 5, the honest answer is, I didn't really start until I was about 19 or 20 and away at University studying Building Surveying. With no musical interest before that point, but in a house where everybody played but me, off I went. Skip forward another 10 years of very, very intermittent playing and my neighbour needs a lift to his guitar club on Thursday night, so off I go. Skip forward another 10 years or so, and I've been running that club for 8 of them, and I've started 2 others. I gave up a "normal job" 5 years ago because I couldn't be playing in a pub at midnight, and get up for a landscaping job at 6am the next morning, so I went full time.

I suppose my point is really that musically, it's never too late to start, and to take part in some amazing things that you didn't expect. I have a lot of qualifications, none of which are musical. I self taught my way into a second career by working hard, trying new things, and a lot of trial and error. So if you want help in doing even a part of that, with lessons, or by joining a club, looking for an outlet to play, or even joining a band (because that's happened more than once), I'm a good choice.

Past projects include the duo Sky Blue Skies, The Wintertones, and as bassist for 50s/60s group, The Sweeney Todd Band. The "Sweeney" still play on though, if you're looking for them you can find them on facebook, or send me a message and I can put you in touch.

For more information please get in touch.

Call 07974 524871 : Email : Twitter @JonWh33ler
This is just some of the positive feedback I've received with regard to my lessons, bands and clubs.....

"Absolutely amazing band and lovely people. Highly recommend them for all events as they are suitable for all ages"
Beaten Tracks - 4sight Charity Gig, May 2018

"These guys played at an event I held in Hotham Park on the 21st of April 2018. They were extremely professional and had such a varied list of songs! The audience loved them and were super friendly"
Beaten Tracks - Seaside ROX Festival, April 2018

"Such a great band! Incredible to watch! Will be back to see you again at The Bellemoor!"
BT2 - The Bellemoor, Southampton, February 2018

"Brilliant night at All Saints Church in Fawley last night. .these guys performance in the wonderful setting of a 12th century Church was outstanding. Beautiful music in a beautiful place. .look forward to seeing them again in June."
REMbrandt - Fawley All Saints, January 2018

"REMbrandt are an absolutely fantastic tribute act playing all REM's hits from Losing My Religion, Shiny Happy People and Everybody Hurts to Its The End of The World As We Know It, The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight, Orange Crush and The Great Beyond. Fantastic lead singer and musical talent in the band. Would highly recommend hiring REMbrandt if you're looking for a great gig."
REMbrandt - Petersfield Football Club, November 2017

"Your set was very well received , lots of good comments"
Beaten Tracks - Corporate Function, Fort Widley, June 2016

"Thank you, you guys were awesome"
Beaten Tracks Duo - Private Wedding Party, Slindon, June 2016

"I've had tons of excellent feedback on how good the band was, so much so I have two tentative bookings for them"
Beaten Tracks - Corporate Function, Portsmouth Naval Base, June 2016

"A big thank you to The Sportsman and The Beaten Tracks for an amazing night. Great music and great fun!"
Beaten Tracks - The Sportsman, May 2016

"Yeah was very good, all enjoyed, cheers"
Beaten Tracks Duo - Eastleigh Railway Institute, April 2016

"A fantastic evening as usual"
Beaten Tracks - The Maypole, Yapton, March 2016

"Thank you so much for her ukulele lessons, she's streaks ahead of all the other kids at school and loving it.."
AT - pupil, Febrary 2016

"Thanks to the band, who raised £150 on the night for the charity....."
REMbrandt - Unique Charity Gig, Chichester, February 2016

"They were great, customers and staff loved them"
Beaten Tracks Duo - Slug & Lettuce, Salisbury, February 2016

"Thank you, they went down very well"
Beaten Tracks Duo - Phoenix, Romsey, January 2016

"Thank you both for a really good evening"
Beaten Tracks Duo - The Vine, Tarring, New Years Eve 2015

"Thank you Jon, 86/100 for my first RockSchool exam!"
RW - pupil, December 2015

"Thank you for a lovely evening, great food and company"
"What a great evening and so many lovely people, thank you for all your hard work"
Coustics Christmas Event - December 2015

"Amazingly original, great musicians and good fun!"
"They didn't just rock The Maypole, they rocked the whole lane, chuffing awesome!"
Beaten Tracks - The Maypole, Yapton, November 2015

"Thank you for making our night so much fun!"
Beaten Tracks - Party Booking, September 2015

"I think he just learnt more in 30 minutes, than 5 weeks up the road"
Parent Feedback - September 2015

"It was a great night, with everyone having a great time - thanks"
Beaten Tracks - Good Companions, Eastleigh, August 2015

"You guys are dynamite, really enjoyed your song choices"
Beaten Tracks - Coal Exchange, Emsworth, August 2015

"We'd just like to say a huge thank you to you and the band for playing at BurnerFest15 yesterday. Over £1200 was raised for Prostate Cancer UK - and we couldn't have done it without the generosity of all the bands who donated their time and creativity. We also appreciate that it takes a lot of time and effort running a band, practice, equipment, travel etc "
Beaten Tracks - Burnerfest15, Billingshurst (Charity Event) - July 2015

"Thank you for playing at this year's WoolStock, which raised over £6000 for local charities"
REMbrandt - WoolStock, Fishbourne - July 2015

"Thank you for playing at The Sportsman, we hope to have you back very soon...."
"Great meeting you guys, you were fantastic"
Beaten Tracks - The Sportsman, Littlehampton (Charity Event) - June 2015

"It was great, thank you xxx"
Solo at The School Fete - June 2015

"Thanks for the entertainment today at The Carfax - very enjoyable..."
Beaten Tracks - Horsham Carfax - June 2015

"We would like to express our thanks to Jon on Saturday who was with the band. I did speak to him before they started and he really did his utmost to keep the levels very reasonable throughout their performance, Keep up the good work! "
Beaten Tracks - Horsham Market Stallholders, The Carfax - June 2015

"Quite frankly I don't understand how Queen, AC-DC and Monty Python work on the ukulele, but they do!"
Coustics Ukulele Club - June 2015

"Thank you, we had a fun night!"
Beaten Tracks - The Knight - May 2015

"What a good random night"
Open Mic with Sedge+Jon, The Pelham - April 2015

"Loved it yesterday, great views :-) on site"
Coustics Ukulele Group - Bognorphenia Support Event - March 2015

"5/5....a great teacher who has a great relaxed approach to teaching...I can see a real improvement in my playing." feedback - RW, pupil for two years, March 2015

"I never got to see REM live.....until tonight"
REMbrandt - Pelham Arms - March 2015

A quick word about your data.....

The following statement outlines the data I keep in relation to my students, and the clubs, events and bands that I operate. In all cases however this data is not shared with any third party, beyond that described below. All records are kept on security restricted devices. On the rare occasions financial information is provided, this is destroyed immediately after use. No special category data is held. information is reviewed annually. You have a right to request a copy of your information. Information held is based on the principle of "legitimate interest" and does not extend beyond that which would be reasonably expected. STUDENTS : I maintain a record of your contact details, and the materials that I have supplied or produced for you. I maintain a record of my visits to you, when payments have been made, and of any invoices that you require to be generated. CLUBS (members of Coustics) : We (Victoria Wheeler) and I maintain a record of your email address, so that you may receive updates on club events and fixtures. Such emails shall be blind copies. No record is kept of your attendance. OPEN MIC (performers) : We (Victoria Wheeler) and I maintain a record of your contact details, if you have provided us with them for inclusion on our mailing list. No record is kept of your attendance, however, your attendance can be evidenced by photographs or video posted to our facebook page. We will always ask before taking your photograph or videoing a performance. If you have a facebook profile we will tag you in relevant posts. If you are unhappy with any photograph or video we have posted, we will remove it immediately. Such media are only used as a record of the evening, and does not form a part of any active advertising we may undertake for a specific event or venue. VENUES & CLIENTS BOOKING PERFORMANCES : A record of all correspondence between myself and venues is maintained, as this information forms the basis for any contracts entered into for performances. This information is kept post-performance as a basis for future bookings.

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