Andžeja Grauda Bungu skola

Andžejs Grauds

Drummer, School founder/director and a teacher

The beggining of musical progress can be found in 1998, at school, the school where the most popular Latvian band „Brainstorm” comes from, which served me as an inspiration and gave a big push for my future progress.

Since 1999 till 2001 I played in church praise group and the various new groups, as well as the most popular Latvian Christian rock band “Revelation”, persistently improving my drumming skills.

In 2002 joined the Jelgava Music College, where acquired drum play for next 4 years.

In 2003 joined Raitis Ašmanis’s big-band, with whom he also went to European Tour.

They were gained victories in several european big band competitions.

In 2004, as Andzejs turned to Jazz, Latin-American, Afro-Cuban genres, he established several Jazz bands.

In 2005 Andzejs joined Gain Fast, the band which he still represent. They gained great success in Latvian Eurovision selection (2007), we took a part in all major Latvian TV events (YearAward, Musical Bank, etc.).

In 2008 and 2009 our songs breaked in all Latvian radios and TVs Airplay Tops, dividing top positions with the most popular latvian band – Brainstorm.

2007, the year of an album „Everything changes” release. Which gained a very huge popularity in Latvia, which led up to a year long tour through all our country.

2008, in the same time to a hard work in a recording studio with different Latvian groups,

Andzejs established „Andzejs Grauds’s DRUM SCHOOL”, where first 13 students were given a chance to start their dream of playing a drum set.

2009, recording an album „Fire” along with the legendary Latvian singer Igo.

2009 – 2012 played with GG gospel choir, developing the Gospel chop drum style.

2009 – 2014 served/delivered various master classes in music schools and music and drummer camps.

2010 – 2012 played with the most popular Latvian hip hop artist Gustavo.

Took part in his album “3.breath” recording.

They concerted in major festivals in Latvia (Positivus, Summer sound, etc.) and in sports arenas as well.

In 2010 recorded album with Gain fast “Its not on the earth”, after which a tour through Latvia followed.

In 2011, begun playing with „The Sound Poets”, recorded two albums.

2013, started new album recording with „Gain Fast”, as well prepared/arranged Andzejs Grauds’s Drum School fifth concert, together with Latvian popular musicians and singers.

From 2004 – 2014 participated in more than 45 studios and a concert albums, recorded with the best-known Latvian musicians.

Sigita Grauda

School founder, manager,payment administrator

Uģis Eihvalds 

Drummer, school teacher

Kalvis Sležis 

Drummer, school teacher

Kalvis is born in the fall of 1993 in a very musical family. Going the family footsteps, started playing violin in a local music school. After graduating he focused on classical percussion instruments. When Kalvis had listened to various hard – rock bands, he fell in love with the sound of drums and started to play an instrument. At the age of sixteen he began the four – year studies in jazz department of very prestige highschool of music Riga Dome choir school (Rīgas Doma kora skola), where his drum teacher was Tālis Gžibovskis – one of the great latvian drum pioneers and leading teachers today. Although Kalvis has mostly played different styles of jazz genre past six years, he with his friends and confederates started a psychadelic rock band named The Pink Elephant in the summer of 2013. And the band is still actively working and growing today. After graduated highschool, he gained his first experience as a teacher in Ventspils highschool of music and Salacgriva children`s music school. Now Kalvis is studying in Jāzepa Vītola Latvjas Mūzikas akadēmija and participating in different ensembles and musical projects.

Dairis Petrauskis

Bundzinieks, skolas pasniedzējs

Dairis Petrauskis is a 28 year old session drummer and teacher from Riga, Latvia. He started showing interest in music at a very early age. He was born in a musical family where both of the parents were musically educated. His dad used to work as a session keys player but mom sang in a professional choir and taught music to little kids. His tendency to rhythm-ify things first appeared when he was just one year old. He started using lots of different kitchen utensils to create rhythmic patterns.

A few years later, he saw his friend perform a couple of pieces on piano which inspired Dairis to start taking piano lessons. Finding the right teacher was not easy and, when Dairis was 12, his mom suggested trying a different instrument. When he got offered the choice between brass instruments and percussion, he chose percussion straight away. During the time period between the year 2000 and 2007, Dairis was trained as a classical percussionist at Riga 3rd Music School and took part in many different young artist competitions across the country, playing marimba, xylophone, timpani and classical snare drum.

Also, whilst in music school, he took part in Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera “Noah’s Flood”. At the age of 22 he decided to move to England where he started studying at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. Three years later in 2012 the course was completed and Dairis graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Professional Music Performance. Over the last 16 years, Dairis has gained a lot of experience working with various artists, doing both, live and studio work. A pupil of Stu Roberts and Mike Sturgis, Dairis is in regular demand as a freelance drummer for live acts and recording sessions. He is a versatile, click-friendly drummer, specializing in genres such as Funk, R&B, Soul and Rock.

Selected highlights include the Baltic Beach Party (Liepaja, Latvia), Student Paradise (Riga, Latvia) and The Secret Garden Party in Abbots Ripton, England. TV appearances: “Cīņas klubs” (Fight Club) on LNT with DFE and “Sems” on LTV7 with “Morning After”. He has attended master classes given by: Jojo Mayer, Dave Weckl, Derrick McKenzie and Pete Lockett. Main influences are: Steve Jordan, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Chris “Daddy” Dave, Tony Royster Jr, Jojo Mayer and Andy Fisenden, just to name a few.

Dairis uses: • Yamaha drums • Roland V-drums • Remo drumheads • Vic Firth sticks

Oļģerts Dreimanis

Bundzinieks, skolas pasniedzējs

He started his musical path as a student in a choral department, but at the age of 9 decided to shift to percussion instruments. After graduating from a music college he continued his studies and was awarded a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music pedagogy and management. He gained professional music experience while playing in orchestra and big band. From 2003 he is performing with various musical bands in Latvia and abroad, teaching percussion instrument play in a music school. He is managing a youth music ensemble, writes music and is performing as a professional drummer.

Dzintars Vīksna

Percussionist, school teacher

Born in summer 1976 in the family of Cesis teachers of music. In primary school mastered the piano and played the trumpet in the school orchestra under the guidance of his father. After primary school has chosen the art school and after that acquired the profession of a jeweller at Riga Vocational School. Influenced by the elder brother, started listening to heavy metal bands and realized that he wanted to master the skills of a drummer. The first teacher has been chosen – Maris Briezkalns. Together with the fellow-thinkers created his own death metal band Brute Chant, with which he won the lead as the best drummer at the new bands festival “Mustard and Honey”(Sinepes un Medus) in 2000. Influenced by the Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura, whose music is enriched with the energetic percussion sound, Dzintars found his first teacher of percussion Nils Ile, with whom he also developed onstage cooperation. In 2003 when the band Stomp who tapped the rhytm on various objects visited Riga, they left a new impact, a new turn in the creative development. In 2006 with the performance in Salacgriva on Ligo night a new point has been passed – a new group of percussionists under Dzintars guidance – Pulse Effect (Pulsa Efekts) - made its appearance. A group of percussionists, in cooperation with choreographers and dancers creates performances, united by movement, theatrical studies and dynamic rhythm tapped on the body and various items. Performances: ”Spēks”(in the small hall of Dailes theatre in 2007), “No drums no problems”(in “gandrīz teātris Artelis” in 2010.), “Inficētais”(music and choreography composed specifically for the folk-dance group Katvari in 2014). As a percussionist played with the Latvian Blues band, Roberts Gobzins, Fomins un Kleins, etc. As a drummer played in the Klezmer music band “Forshpil”.

Graduated from Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy (RTTEMA) as a teacher of music and has been working on educating the interests of 9-16-year old teenagers, developing the programme created by him “Rhythm group”. In 2009 Dzintars with the team organized the first Percussionists Festival(Ritma svētki), where both professionals and youth percussionist groups took part. Educational experience – 10 years. Since 2010 works in Orff music workshop with 4-6 and 7-10 year old children. Strongly sought-for head of the Drum Circle(team building activity). More information at www.dzintarsviksna.com.