Sandy Beales, bass guitarist touring with One Direction for over 4 years now playing with JP Cooper, delivered an inspiring afternoon with students from Q3 Academy, Hollylodge, Sandwell College, Shireland Collegiate and Wodensborough.

Sandy told of how he came to play bass and found his love of music.  He relayed his story and experiences, playing highly recognised stages, theatres and stadiums across the world, working hard to get where he is. Sandy not only demonstrated the versatility of the instrument and his superb ability but continually stressed the importance of being organised and prepared in all you do.

Students also took the opportunity to ask questions relating to their own musical experiences.

Above all Sandy continually expressed that it’s vital in the music industry that you “work hard and be nice to people”.

Thank you to Sandy Beales for an inspiring and encouraging session, Nigel Burrows and Martin Gallagher at Yamaha music education and Ruth Baines at Q3 Academy.

Rob Hayward, Team Leader (SIPS Education Music & Arts Service)