Songs on the Side is a collection of contemporary compositions from intermediate to advanced level.  The pieces are influenced by a wide range of artists, including Tool, Frank Zappa, Portishead, Charley Wilcoxon, Warner Bros., Paramore, Metallica, The Presets, Radiohead, Cold Chisel and more.

Many of the songs have been selected for study in ANZCA drum-set exams and  Freedom Calling, Jazz Comping Solo and The Slightly Black Page can be performed in VCE drum-set exams.

Sample chart – Three Word Title

“Your book appears to be an excellent product and should be checked out by as many as possible.” – Barry Young (NZ) – reknown educator and clinician from New Zealand – NZ teachers online

“Dan has created a very unique learning journey for the drummer who is up for a bit of a challenge. Incredible job Dan!” – Sean Mitchell (USA) – The Black Page Magazine

“Songs on the Side helps me and my students stay abreast of contemporary music as well as learning about older styles. The charts are clear and the backings are fun to use.” – David Hicks (AUS) – Percussion faculty @ Scotch College and author of Stick Figures


Backing tracks

Zip folder of all files (55MB)

Glowstick (6.3MB)
Three word title (5.8MB)
Formerly known as (9.3MB)
Brothers in metal (6.1MB)
Groove metal workout (4.9MB)
Beyond the starlight (4.7MB)
Box Hill (7.2MB)
Spiral out (8.4MB)
Hey man, slow down (7.3MB)
The slightly black page (3.6MB)

Video demo