Staff Spotlight: Head of Education, Mike Sturgis

 In addition to working for DIME ONLINE, our tutor team are active professionals in the music industry.  Since re-joining DIME ONLINE in January 2018, Head of Education, Mike Sturgis has used his drumming skills in a range of activities! 


Mike has recently been recording with Beverley Knight and The Staks at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios.  The record is being produced by Andy Wright  (who has also worked with Jeff Beck and Simple Minds).

British Grove Studios


Mike was also in Boston, at the Woolly Mammoth Studios with Dave Limina, who is the Assistant Chair of Piano Department at Berklee School of Music. You can read more about the trip, where Mike and Redtenbacher’s Funkestra, performed HERE.

Mike and the band at Berklee College of Music, Boston



Mike plays drums in Redtenbacher’s Funkestra, who celebrated the release of new single ‘Toxic’ with a show at London’s world-famous 606 Jazz Club in Chelsea.  In his role in the Funkestra, Mike also appears on the soundtrack for the new movie Beneath The Bassline on several of the tracks used, including Atomic Sterile Flies, Jazz Cats and Forecast.

Redtenbacher’s Funkestra play the 606 Jazz Club, London


Mike also played a charity gig earlier this year with Natalie Imbruglia for ETHIOPIAID at London’s Bush Hall.

Mike and Natalie Imbruglia



Finally, Mike was named Specialist External Assessor (drums) for the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England in July.

If you are interested in chatting to Mike to find out more about DIME ONLINE, please get in touch with him on

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