Wednesday 1 June 2022: The latest in our series of ‘Meet our Music Staff – Mr Ethan Rutter, Drum Kit and Percussion teacher – WBHS
As a young boy Ethan began the recorder in primary school, as many people do! However, he was inspired by American drum lines and this led him to his first drum lessons.
At sixteen he began playing in the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as a percussionist. He then went on to study for a Performer’s Diploma in Music at the University of Cape Town (UCT) graduating in 2018.
Ethan is a member of the ERGONOMIX Percussion Ensemble – formerly the UCT Percussion Ensemble. This is a group of current and former UCT students and lecturers who get together and perform entirely on percussion instruments.
He is also an ad hoc player in the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and a permanent player in the new Cape Philharmonic Wind Ensemble. Ethan is also sought after as an adjunct player in classical chamber music as well as contemporary music ensembles.
In 2021 Ethan assumed the position as the Drum Kit and Percussion teacher at WBHS where he has a thriving studio.
In his spare time, Ethan’s hobbies include sim racing and Western Province Karting – frequently racing at Killarney International Raceway. He is in his first season of real racing and is already currently 4th in the championship!
A #WynbergMedia article, with grateful thanks to Mr Richard Haigh, Head of WBHS Music