Drummer, Percussionist, Composer, Teacher, Sound Artist, Producer and Entrepreneurial Leader


10 November
DRUMatiX Lunchtime Concert

Veronica Walshaw and Stephen Fitzgerald (ANU/Synergy Percussion Professional Program) co directed the DRUMatiX Percussion Group presenting the Canberra premiere of TRANSMUTATIONS by Anthony Pateras and the Australian Premiere of ZAVANNA by Soren Monrad. 12:30pm in the Larry Sitsky Recital Room at the ANU School of Music.

9 – 11 November
PASIC 2011

Gary France, attended PASIC as President of Australian Chapter, associated meetings and activities.

8 November
Indiana University, School of Music, USA

Gary France “On Tour”

7 November
University of North Texas, USA

Gary France “On Tour”

5 – 6 November
Stephen F Austin University Texas USA

Gary France “On Tour”

23 October
Commonwealth Festival Opening Concert

Gary France will participated in a massed percussion performance of a world premiere work by Australian Composer Graeme Leak for 200+ musicians at the opening of this international festival celebrating CHOGOM.

24 – 28 September
Scottish Drumming Intensive with Jim Kilpatrick

Intensive studies with Jim Kilpatrick in Canberra, Australia.

24 September – 1 October
Gary France tutorial / Masterclasses

Canberra Youth Orchestra Percussion Section, tutorial on Amerique by Varese and The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.

18 September
Roland V Drum Festival 2011

Gary France joined the Roland VDrum team for this exciting day of clinics, masterclasses and concerts. Gary France, educational consultant for the Roland Corporation Australia, presented “DRUMKIT 101” his curriculum for teaching group tuition utilizing the innovative Roland VDRUM Laboratory. During the day numerous people of all ages explored their own musical expression through this open learning approach to music.

12 – 14 September

The ANU DRUMatiX, Percussion Group will present concerts and masterclasses at the NSW Department of Education Arts Unit, The Conservatorium High School and the Inaburra School in Bangor NSW.

10 September
Music Council of Australia DRUMatiX Performance

Performance by Gary France and the DRUMatiX Percussion Group, Music for Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich, Fluffy Ruffles by G.H. Green

6 September
Javanese Gamelan Workshop for Erindale College (ACT) & Jindabyne Central School (NSW)
27 August
Australian Percussion Eisteddfod

Gary France will join Professor James Campbell (USA) in judging the Ensemble portion in this exciting event. Presented by Optimum Percussion.

20 – 21 August
AUDW 2011

Australian Ultimate Drummers Weekend, Melbourne Australia. Gary France participating on judging panel for Australia’s Best Up & Coming Drummer 2011, and joining the Roland VDRUM team for the weekend.

19 August
Total Percussion Experience Launch

A program for young people grades 5 – 10.

12 August
Global Conservatory Session Chris Lamb NY Philharmonic

The Percussion Area of ANU School of Music will experience a high definition Video Conference with this master musician celebrating our strategic partnership with the Manhattan School of Music U.S.A.

3 August
Inaugural lecturer for The Centre for Creative Industries, (CIT) Woden. Arts Education and Performance in an Evolving Landscape

Gary France presented the inaugural lecturer for The Centre for Creative Industries, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Woden. Topic: Arts & Education and Performance in an Evolving Landscape. Presented to students and staff from across all the Creative Industries including Visual Art, Fashion, Photography, Media, Music, Communication and Design.

22 May

Sunday May 22 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians DRUMatiX Percussion Group, Lisa Moore,The Song Company Gary France Artistic Director 1:30pm FITTERS WORKSHOP.

20 May
LUX AETERNA, Canberra International Music Festival Concert 21

13 May

AMAZING SPACE 1 SYNERGY AND DRUMATIX PERCUSSION GROUP SOUND THE HIGH COURT Steve Reich Mallet Quartet Toru Takemitsu Raintree MORNING by Gary France Synergy Percussion and DRUMatiX Mosaics’ Nick Hubble Apple Blossom by P. Garland 1pm High Court of Australia.

13 May
CARMEN Canberra International Music Festival

Concert 4 CARMEN Georges Bizet / Riodin Shchedrin Carmen Suite for Strings and Percussion ANU School of Music Chamber Orchestra and DRUMatiX Percussion Group, cond John Harding Lou Harrison Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra *Aust premiere Calvin Bowman organ, Synergy Percussion, DRUMatiX directed by Gary France 6:30pm Albert Hall, Canberra, Australia.

8 May
THREE REQUIEMS Canberra International Music Festival

Sunday May 8 (Mothers Day) 12 noon AN AMPHITHEATRE OF HILLS 1 Concert 1 THREE REQUIEMS – Mugga Mugga Quarry Peter Sculthorpe Requiem *premiere of Organ version Canberra Choral Society, DRUMatiX Percussion Group , William Barton didjeridu and Calvin Bowman electric organ directed Brett Weymark.

11 – 13 April
Music Technology in Education Conference (mtec2011)

Gary France joined the ROLAND Australia team at this exciting conference held at MLC School, Sydney, NSW. Gary France, educational consultant for the Roland Corporation Australia, shared his knowledge with music educators and drum enthusiasts for one on one sessions.

23 February – 3 December
Gary France and Friends COOL VIBES on Friday Afternoons

Tapas and Cool Vibes latin Jazz Gary France and Friends at the Street Theatre “As You Like IT” Cafe Fridays November 17 – Dec 11 2010 4:30pm – 6:30pm Come down and chill out!

3 February
CEO System Day Workshop

Gary France presented a “Music in Technology” workshop for teachers at the ANU School of Music.