B i o g r a p h y
Luke is a very talented musician who always has a song or rhythm playing in his head. He is passionate about drumming and is committed to developing a career in music. He currently is an upper year Jazz student at the University of Toronto.
Luke has strong fundamental drumming techniques. By the age of 14 he had risen to the Grade 1 level in Scottish pipe band drumming having been awarded the provincial drumming aggregate in Alberta for several grades along the way. He has competed at the World Pipe Band Championships on five occasions. Currently he is drumming with the City of Regina Pipe Band.
Luke has performed and recorded with the classic rock band "The Gutterdogs", he has been part of the rhythm section of the vocal jazz group "Solstice" performing at the SaskTel International Jazz Festival, and in 2018 he formed the Luke Newman Quintet in Saskatoon and the Luke Newman Quartet in Toronto.
He has also performed as part of the Noam Lemish, Phil Albert Steve Wallace, Andrew Downing ensembles at "The Rex" in Toronto on several occasions. In 2017/18 he was drummer for the U of T Vocal Jazz Ensemble and also the U of Sask Summer Jazz Ensemble.
Luke feels fortunate to have performed with people such as: James Zollar (trumpet), David Freeman (drums), Greg Boyer (trombone), Will Currums (drums) and others. He has been mentored by the likes of Reid Maxwell, John Fisher, Gary Evjen, Andrew Downing, Chase Sanborn, Ernesto Cervini, and most recently Terry Clarke (Order of Canada).