Phillip Ragsdell

International drummer and educator.
Phillip Ragsdell Phillip Ragsdell Phillip Ragsdell

A well-respected drummer who has appeared in many types of settings in many genres, Phillip’s impressive technique and flexibility has been influential during the past 25 years. He started playing drums at the age of twelve, and after extensively studying drums with John Savage, winning a Percussion Scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music, studying Jazz at the internationally renowned Leeds College of Music and a stint in the Royal Air Force Music Services, Phillip has become an important independent drummer and educator in the Scottish drumming scene.

Phillip Ragsdell has, during his musical career, played in many of the major concert venues in both the United Kingdom and abroad, working with many different artists in different genres. Performances  have ranged from percussion solos live on BBC television to working with percussion in deprived areas. He was awarded Percussionist of the Year in 1987 and took part in the ‘DRUM 2000’ Festival. In the last few years he has been working with the Celtic rock band Piperactive, and studying again at Leeds College of Music. However, his first love is Jazz drumming and he hopes in the near future to form a new jazz quintet to take his musical and drumming ideas to the concert stage.

Latest Sheet Music
Ed Swing Bass Sheet
Jazz / Swing
ED Swing piano Lead Sheet
Jazz / Swing
Jazz / Instrumental



18 July 2016, News
Changer is available on CD
Changer has been recorded on Phill's latest album PHYNJANA 1 by his own Sestet,
10 December 2014, News
Changer is to be recorded
Great news, early next year my composition Changer is to be recorded at the Sound Cafe just outside Edinburgh. I'm really looking forward to being involved as I'm playing drums! Cool !
01 October 2014, News
Up and Running, Changer is now available
It was really quick to get my first chart up on the site. My small band composition CHANGER is now out there ready for everybody to try. Set out for Trumpet, Alto sax, vibraphone, piano, guitar, bass and drums with full Score. It has been performs a ...