At aged four Bradley was taped - standing at the drum kit, unable to reach the pedals - playing along to Lionel Richie and Anne Murray records.
At aged ten he was spotted by Lisa Grahame, lead alto sax, in Britain's National Youth Jazz Orchestra, who recommended Bradley to the top British jazz drummer Bobby Worth (1998 jazz drummer of the year). Bobby auditioned Bradley and began teaching him in 1995.
In 1996: In order to begin percussion lessons, Bobby Worth recommended Bradley to Michael Skinner (Principal Percussion, Royal Opera House; Professor of Snare Drum, Guildhall School of Music; Professor of Percussion, Royal College of Music; President, National Association of Percussion Teachers). Michael Skinner agreed to tutor Bradley, although he usually takes pupils at undergraduate level. Bradley sees Michael approximately every two months.
1996: Bradley began playing with the Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra II. He was booked by Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls as the drummer in their production of Ocean World. He also played drums for the Hilden Grange School production of Bugsy Malone, at the Angel Centre, Tonbridge. Bradley completed his probation to become a full chorister in Tonbridge School Choir.
1997: Booked to play drums in various jazz ensembles around Kent, including a cross channel luncheon for the Kent Chamber of Commerce. Bradley was invited to become an endorsee, and to be sponsored by Vic Firth; he became the youngest endorsee w.....