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The TrashBang! Man

Performer/Rehearsal Director with STOMP - New York, London & International cast

Mind the Gap Theatre Company - Bradford

That's Life Theatre Company Disability Arts - Galway, Ireland

Lollipop Deaf Awareness Charity - National

A Coeur  Joie - National Youth Choirs of France

NYMAZ - North Yorkshire Music Action Zone

Ryedale District Council - Yorkshire

York City Council

York Arts Education

Door 84 Youth Project - York

NHS Mental Health Trust - Leeds

Kaleidoscope Nurseries - Yorkshire

Asda Stores Ltd - Leeds

ArtsBarge Project - York

Aysgarth School - Bedale

Clifton Pre-Prep - York

I work with groups of all sizes, ages and abilities and through my theatre collaborations and workshops have extensive experience of working with children and adults with special needs.

Enhanced DBS checked and £5m PLI

Available for:
  • Corporate team building events
  • Festivals
  • Schools
  • Clubs
  • Choirs
  • Parties/intractive entertainment
  • Private percussion & drumming lessons

Up-coming events
  1. TrashBang! World of Rhythm - Wednesdays
    For ages 8-14 at York Music Centre, Millthorpe School, Nunthorpe Ave. York YO23 Every Wednesday during term time 4.45-6.15pm
  2. Choralies International Music Festival Aug 2016
    Triennial International Chorale Festival with the National Youth Choirs of France. Provence, France 4-11th August
  3. King Courgette + Jeni & Billy Wed 8 June 2016
    Playing with renowned Americana duo Jeni & Billy from Nashville. The Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York. 7pm, admission £5
  4. Fossgate Music Festival 5 June 2016
    Performance and workshops at 2pm, Fossgate Music Festival, York. Free event, all ages welcome!
  5. Beverly Folk Festival Sat 18 June 2016
    Performance time TBC
  6. Strensall Carnival Sat 25 June 2016
    Performance time TBC. Free event, all ages welcome!
  7. West Bank Park Fete Sun 26 June 2016
    West Bank Park, Acomb, York. Free event, all ages welcome!
  8. King Courgette Staxonbury Fest Sat 2 July 2016
    Performance time TBC
  9. STOMP Nantes, France 29-30 June 2016
    Performing with STOMP at the Nantes Rock Festival, France
  10. OLQOM Summer Fete Thurs 7 July
    Summer Fete at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School, Colgate York 3.15pm
  11. TrashBang! Performance ADAM Festival Sat 16th July
    TrashBang! World of Rhythm public performance, ADAM Festival, Acomb, York. Morning performance, time TBC
  12. ArtsBarge River Festival Sun 31 July 2016
    Riverside Festival run by York ArtsBarge. Workshop and performance 1-2pm. Free event, all ages welcome!
  13. International Conductor's Symposium 9-11 Sept 2016
    'It all begins with a pulse...' Working with a group of International conductors in Paris to educate on the value of rhythm within group music
What it looks like
  1. STOMP - Tokyo
    STOMP - Tokyo
    Performing as Sarge with Stomp in Tokyo
  2. York Minster - Jamboree
    York Minster - Jamboree
    Leading 2000 members of the scouting fraternity
  3. Gift - Mind The Gap
    Gift - Mind The Gap
    An award winning production
    In rehearsal with Stomp for Tonight at the London Palladium
  5. Irresistible - Mind the Gap
    Irresistible - Mind the Gap
    With Jez Colbourne and the cast
  6. Junk Tower project - Door 84
    Junk Tower project - Door 84
  7. Olympics Closing Ceremony 2012
    Olympics Closing Ceremony 2012
  8. Shine - Provider of the Year 2013
    Shine - Provider of the Year 2013
  9. York Evening Press
    York Evening Press
  10. York Evening Press
    York Evening Press
  11. King Courgette
    King Courgette
    The family blue grass and Americana band
  12. Wild Zucchini Bill
    Wild Zucchini Bill
    King Courgette alter-ego!
  13. Forget me Knot Festival
    Forget me Knot Festival
    Fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society, Leeds
  14. ArtsBarge River Festival
    ArtsBarge River Festival
  15. TrashBang! in the Park
    TrashBang! in the Park
  16. Cast of Stomp - Olympics 2012
    Cast of Stomp - Olympics 2012
  17. Tools of the trade
    Tools of the trade
  18. York Minster Jamboree
    York Minster Jamboree
What people say...
'You left the delegates energised and amazed by their own achievements...'
'Thanks again for your part in such enriching experiences...'
'People were really buzzing...'
'Just wanted to say a huge big massive thank you for your amazing drumming sessions over the weekend. We all loved working alongside you (and dancing alongside you!).

The workshops were fantastic and everyone who participated had the greatest time and people were really buzzing about them.

You create such an amazing vibe through your fab drumming and through encouraging everyone.'
Griselda Goldsborough - Deershed Festival
'Billy and one of our Year 3/4 classes are in the Press, in full colour, today.
I'm so delighted. Thanks again for your part in such enriching experiences. The class involved loved the workshop and are described by their class teachers as quite a lively, noisy bunch so this was just perfect for them. Quite a few of the class also go to Door 84 so it's just brilliant.'
Morna Lamb - Park Grove Primary School

‘I was looking for a different kind of fun team building activity for a departmental conference of 100 delegates, based on the theme of ‘better together’. Billy Hickling was recommended to me, I heard he offers workshops to schools, theatre groups and bigger corporations using ‘junk’ percussion and was intrigued...
Billy talked to us to understand our requirements and our business, then created us an exciting and interactive tailor-made ‘Trash Bang’ workshop.

It was riotous yet disciplined, extremely well structured and left the delegates really energised and amazed by their own achievements, not just in individual teams but also how powerful they were when all the teams came together as part of one massive band playing their different rhythms at the same time… and they didn’t want to stop!

It was a hugely successful workshop with a great atmosphere, completely inclusive and I would recommend this to anyone looking to engage any number of colleagues in a very different, rewarding and ultimately entertaining way. Who thought that so much fun could be had with an old can of beans?!’
Hemant Patel, Asda Brand Director, Asda Stores Head Office
'Super musical talents and energy and fabulous drumming action! We had an amazing time'
'It's amazing to see what they can do when they are inspired by someone like you...'
'Billy! Thank you so much for bringing your super musical talents and energy and fabulous drumming action to Acelin's party! We had an amazing time, everyone really enjoyed it, and the kids were having a great time (as were all the adults!!!). Really appreciate you making the time to come and ROCK IT!!!

Have had loads of brilliant feedback - very much in the line of ... best kids party with the drumming!!
So a HUGE thank you! 
You know we love you! and all your smiles :)'

Dora G - 6 yr old's TrashBang! birthday party

"I just wanted to drop you an email to thank you again for our fantastic Trash Bang workshops you ran for us yesterday!
The feedback from children has been brilliant and they thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon sessions. The look on their faces when you were performing was a picture, definitely awestruck!! It really is amazing to see what they can do when they are inspired by someone like yourself.

I wish you all the success with your workshops in York and if you ever wanted to work with us again it really would be a pleasure!'
Rachel Teale- Fishergate Primary School, York
Contact me
I would love to discuss how I can help you bring your event to life!

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twitter: @trashbangman

+44(0)7712 650417
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