BeatLife - Team

Al Flooks

Al Flooks

Al Flooks is a percussionist, drum teacher and organiser of music projects based in Liverpool, and he has been for nearly 15 years. He is also the director of BeatLife and band leader for Anfield Samba Kids.

He has learned many styles of percussion from, and has organised projects in, lots of different countries including Ghana, Uruguay, Turkey, Reunion Island, Norway and many places in Europe, with a wide range of musicians and teachers.

He only started playing in his early twenties and has spent a lot of the last decade making sure others start getting involved in percussion a bit sooner than he did.

Al thinks this is pretty essential so he spends most of his time trying to draw a straight line from ‘after school drum clubs’ to ‘main stage performances at international music festivals’ through everything in between. This means a lot of teaching and playing, encouraging young people to get organised and signposting them to inspirational parts of the wider world.

A lot of energy also goes into establishing a solid culture of drumming in schools, colleges and youth groups so that there are better chances and more opportunities for emerging talent in the future. He is very happy to have been directly involved in the growth and development of some powerful and talented young players over the years and has high hopes for the next generation!

Tilo Pirnbaum

Tilo Pirnbaum

Tilo has been playing drum kit for over twenty five years and has worked with many professional artists including Jimmy Carl Black, Michael Head, Arthur Brown and Ike Willis. He studied jazz in Cologne, Germany and is a graduate of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He has toured and recorded extensively in Europe with the Muffin Men and in the UK with The Weave, amongst many others. He has also been the drum kit teacher at the University of Liverpool since 2005. He’s been with BeatLife since 2005 and co-delivers weekly workshops and afterschool clubs in three primary schools and has been teaching and mentoring for over ten years.

Tilo prefers to create original music and likes to play any style from Punk to Pop, Latin, Jazz or any other genre, as long as it comes from the heart and soul.

Mandy Hills

Mandy Hills

From the age of 15 Mandy has applied herself to the creative arts. She studied music [arrangement, harmony and music theory] for three years at college, playing drum kit as her first instrument. After college she played drum kit with various bands including art house bands with original material and pop / rock style covers bands. She is a graduate in Fine Art from Liverpool John Moores University and continues to be active in Visual Arts having held several exhibitions of her work.

She has taught whole class percussion workshops in Primary schools for over 10 years and has played all over Merseyside, in several European countries and in Africa.

For the last five years Mandy has been playing button accordion, playing traditional Irish music. She can be seen frequenting the weekly Trad sessions in Liverpool with fellow musicians.

She has recently brought together her skillset to devise and deliver music sessions within the Early Years sector, combining a love of drumming with other aspects of music such as singing and harmony.

Mandy has been part of BeatLife for over 10 years and has supported it through teaching and the day to day running of the group. She continues to teach and lead percussion workshops in primary schools and play in Liverpool.

Martin Snape

Martin Snape

Marty is originally a bass player and is a formative member of popular Liverpool bands The Zeb and The Hat Band. He also runs a small production studio, produces electronic music, and has produced and recorded for many Liverpool artists. He is a regular collaborator with guitarist Neil Campbell and has been teaching guitar and bass guitar for many years.

Marty joined BeatLife in 2010, initially as a parent of a young drummer and has since become a valued member of the team, leading workshops and composing new material for the band (7/8 anyone?). He delivers weekly samba workshops and an afterschool club in Liverpool. He also writes arranges material for and helps to run the BeatLife band.