About Paul Gunter

Born in Birmingham, now Brighton based, I am a multi percussionist, drummer and performer. I have been playing live, performing and recording professionally for over twenty years. I studied New York style Latin percussion under Robin Jones ( King Salsa, Matt Bianco ) and started playing during the Acid Jazz days for bands such as ‘The Nigh Trains’, ‘Humble Souls’ and ‘Brothers Like Outlaw’.

In Early 1995 I auditioned for the International hit show ‘Stomp’. The original cast were auditioning for a new large scale, one off show, at the Royal Festival hall. They needed an extra of sixteen people and I got the job. From that I was honoured to be the only person asked to join the original cast members and toured with them that same year. From there they put together a European touring company with which I toured the world for seven years, becoming rehearsal director in 1997.

I have both performed and trained all five Stomp companies from New York, Las Vegas and London, as well as running a comprehensive workshop programme in the UK and Europe. I am still a regular performer and trainer with Stomp, playing the lead role in their West End London show. I also perform with their new project ‘The Lost and Found Orchestra’, as well as recording, playing and touring with various other artists and bands.
I taught drums at Brighton College for two years and also work with the disability performance Choir ‘Carousel Singers’ working on their development in rhythm and movement.

My musical highlights have been performing at the 2012 Olympic closing ceremony, the FA cup Final and on Blue Peter with ’Stomp’, yes I do have a badge! Working with the Kids from some of the biggest slums in Nairobi for the charity Anno’s Africa. Playing live and recording with a variety of diverse musicians and bands including, Arrested Development, Hugh Cornwell, Chaz Jankel, Terry Callier, Jessica Lauren, Jocelyn Brown, Kitten and the Hip and The Men with Strong Arms. As well as performing in many prestigious venues including The Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Palace in Beirut, The Parthenon in Athens and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.