Lachlan Hawkins

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Lachlan Hawkins is a Brisbane-based freelance drummer, handpan player and educator currently engaged in many musical projects, ranging from jazz and improvised music to musical theatre, corporate entertainment and music therapy.
During his studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Lachlan was selected as one of six national finalists in the James Morrison Scholarship (2014), and later graduated in 2015 with the University Medal for Academic Excellence and First Class Honours for his research work relating to tertiary drummers’ heath and mindset.

His current projects include: Kayleigh Pincott Quintet, Min/Svoboda/Hawkins Trio, Nimble Trio with Sophie Min and Dave Galea, the Brooklyn Standard Jam Night house band as well as regular performances locally and nationally with his corporate drumming group SoundStruck.

Lachlan’s other rewarding highlights to date include touring Asia and Europe with the Queensland Youth Symphony in 2012, mentoring students together with the Juilliard Jazz faculty at the New York Jazz Symposium (University of Melbourne, 2014) and performing with the Newcomb/Hoffman Quintet at Magnetic Island Jazz Festival (2013/2014). In 2015, Lachlan also was a participant in the Centrum Jazz Port Townsend (USA) program (featuring 200 participants and over 40 teaching faculty), where he performed in Terell Stafford’s 7-piece student combo as well as the Jazz Port Townsend Big Band directed by Clarence Acox.

Outside of drumming, Lachlan has a passion for the beautiful steel sound sculpture known as the ‘handpan’, and has begun developing his own sound as a solo artist in recent years. Lachlan has presented his original music at the Tablelands Folk Festival, Music by the Sea Festival, PanOz Festival, Palm Creek Folk Festival, the Stairwell Project at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, and recently completed his first interstate tour promoting his debut handpan album “No Enemy Within”.

With a passion for education, Lachlan currently is a facutly member of the Young Conservatorium, Sheldon College and Just Percussion Music School.