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Sarah Thawer Zildjian Live Interview with Mike Dolbear

Sarah Thawer Zildjian Live Interview with Mike Dolbear

Join us for a Zildjian Live post-rehearsal sit down with Sarah Thawer and Mike Dolbear!


Sarah Thawer is a self-taught drummer based in Toronto, Canada. She started playing drums at age 2 and her first stage performance was at age 5.

Sarah is currently freelancing, touring, recording and performing with international artists playing various genres of music. She loves to play jazz (improvising), anything with groove (hiphop, funk, r&b, gospel), world (indian, latin, etc) and lastly she likes to use the word fusion because it encompasses everything and has no boundaries.

She studied jazz and world music at York University and was the recipient of the Oscar Peterson Scholarship, the highest award given by the institution, in addition to graduating with the Summa Cum Laude distinction.

Sarah has shared the stage and played with many popular artists including AR Rahman, George Watsky, Osman Mir, Mark Lettieri, Jane Bunnett, Charlotte Day Wilson, Ruth B and Vijay Prakash to name a few.




Mike has been a professional drummer for over 30 years having studied with some of the greatest teachers including Kenny Clare, Max Abrams and Bob Armstrong. He has worked in a variety of musical situations, including studio, TV, musical theatre and backing cabaret covers bands and continues to contribute to the global drumming community.

After ending a 10 year residence at The Talk Of London, Mike set up his own studio in North London teaching and helping many professional students and teachers including Brian Bennett (The Shadows), Cherisse Osei (Mika), Kapil Trivedi (Mystery Jets), Steve Forrest (Placebo), Mark Richardson (Skunk), Emily Dolan Davies (Bryan Ferry/ Tricky) just to name but a few.

Mike consults for several major record labels and management companies, along with various TV stations, coordinating drum features for the BBC, CBBC and ITV.

In 2000 Mike wrote the tutor book “Rhythm and Fills” which is now one of the biggest selling drum tutor books in Europe. But he has yet found the time to write book 2 which is still in manuscript.

In October 2011 Mike was asked to coordinate, audition and teach the 1000 drummers for the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony, an experience that he says was one of the highlights of his career. ” To coordinate that number of drummers and then play on what is reported to be the biggest TV audience of all time was a true honour and one that I will never forget”.

After the olympics Mike started getting known as the guy to do “big mass drumming features” and worked for UEFA to co-ordinate the 500 drummers for the UEFA London champions final at Wembley in 2013. 2014 Mike then had a call from Hans Zimmer to co-ordinate the drum features in Hans first ever solo concerts in London featuring Johnny Marr, Lebo M and Pheriel Williams.

In 2019, Mike served as the Master of Ceremonies for the first Zildjian Live! show, recorded at East-West Studios in Hollywood California. Check out Mike's website for industry news, interviews, lessons and much more!