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Sam Notman is a Wellington-based drummer and percussionist,
specialising in rnb, hip-hop & soul.


CURRENT Projects

Yayne & Band

Yayné's undeniable stage presence is hypnotising, enlightened by vocals that will mesmerise any crowd; from the intimate smokey nightclub to a buzzing festival audience.

Thomas oliver

Thomas Oliver is internationally recognised as one of the leading players of the Weissenborn lap-steel guitar and a multi-talented guitarist, song writer and singer - guaranteed to make your heart sing from the beautiful riffs.

covers band

Chocolate Rain

We are a five-piece covers band. We specialise in making people dance.

We play sets for functions including weddings, corporate events and birthdays. We do any and every song - whatever makes you groove. 

Check out our setlist - curated to perfection but always up for requests.   

Photos courtesy of Hollow Creative

Photos courtesy of Hollow Creative

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About Sam


From a young age I was surrounded by music. I watched my father, Geoff Notman, play drums in a pipe band and a Celtic band. I would sit in on rehearsals and be fascinated by all the amazing sounds.

I drummed all through school – missing classes just to play drums.  I studied at Whitireia School of Music, mentored by drum lecturer Rick Cranson. My knowledge is always growing but the foundation of my love of learning began at Whitireia.

Now I gig with a range of different artists – from touring around NZ to playing on cruise ships to jamming at local Wellington venues.

I’m in my element when playing live.I’ve played at festivals around New Zealand including - Homegrown, Festival One, Parachute, Wellington Botanical Gardens Sound Shell, TSB Festival Of The Lights and Tora Tora Tora

As a session drummer, I’m often recording percussion parts in the studio or performing live with artists. Every project is different. The process of working with many different people energises me - playing all genres of music including jazz, blues, Latin and rock. But I feel most in my element playing funk, RnB, hip-hop, and experimental jazz.  

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Qualifications & Awards

Bachelor of Applied Arts in Rock, Jazz & Commercial Music (Whitireia Polytechnic)

MusicWorks Drum-off Winner 2015 & 2016

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Drum & Percussion

I teach from beginner to advanced level
private classes. Ages 10+ only. 
Inquire for rates. 


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Gig & session enquiries