Sheffield lad Sam, 13, beats the best in drumming test

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A talented young drummer has won a prestigious title for the second successive year – at the age of only 13.

Sam Heeley, a member of Concord Youth Music’s rhythm section, was named British Youth Band Association Young Musician of the Year at a contest in Stafford.

Playing his own composition on his beloved drum kit Sam, a pupil at Bradfield School, not only won the 13 years and under percussion solo section, but beat all other age group drummers with a perfect 100 per cent score.

That qualified him to enter the finals competition against the top players from the brass, woodwind and percussion sections – and again took the title by a clear margin.

The woodwind finalist was also a Concord member – Leo Copley, aged 11, of Bradwell.