The College remembers Jon Brookes
Jon Brookes had been coming to Shrewsbury College since he helped launch the Shrewsbury College Roland Academy in 2009.
He ran some music industry workshops with the Music Technology students. The very popular workshops focussed on both drumming and working in the music industry as a whole, which included impressive demonstrations from Jon as well as giving students the opportunity to play alongside him to tracks by his group, The Charlatans.
Music Technology lecturer Ian Round said, “We were extremely grateful that Jon made time to come to the College to do these workshops for us which helped to ensure our courses were relevant to the industry today.”
A Music Technology student Charlie Skeggs, commented at the time of one of these workshops in 2011: “It’s great to have someone of Jon’s stature coming in and giving us tips, it’s brilliant. To let us play along to his tracks as well, it’s been really good fun. I’d most definitely like to follow in his footsteps, he is an inspiration.”
Jon was delighted to be able to work with the students and said at the time: “I think the student’s musical understanding is of such a great level because they’re being taught by dedicated tutors who have got their real interests at heart. They’re not just trying to push them through a system to get exam results. There’s real music teachers, teaching real music and it comes across with the students. I’m totally impressed with the facilities.”
He returned last year in July as the special guest at the annual Music Technology Awards ceremony at the College to present an Award in his name - the Jon Brooks Award for Endeavour. He commented at the ceremony: “I have really enjoyed working with Shrewsbury College and was very flattered to have an award named after me and am honoured to come and present it for the second year running.”
The College is very saddened to hear the news of his death and our sincere condolences go to his family.