He has been rocking all over the world.

And a Huddersfield school was the latest stop on former Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich’s seemingly unending musical tour.

Some 200 excited children from the Rawthorpe-based Netherhall Learning Campus were the lucky audience at the one-off event, when the veteran musician held a drum and percussion master class.

Known best for his 16-year stint in the band from 1985, Jeff, 62, launched into a performance to showcase some of the skills which helped him make a name for himself.

But the students, all aged between 11 and 18, also got their moment in the limelight, when he invited them on stage to teach them techniques first hand.

Status Quo drummer, Jeff Rich at Netherhall learning campus. Jeff Rich with student Pavi Singh during his demonstration at the school.

The mega jam was part of the two-hour workshop that also included a talk from himself, which he gave to give those present the confidence to pursue a career in the music industry themselves.

His visit was part of a 15-year-long project, which has seen him work in junior and high schools throughout the UK and as far afield as the Falkland Islands.

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Helen Turnbull, head of music, said that his appearance proved a hit with the school.

“It was an inspirational morning because he got them to realise that they can access the music industry too if they want to.

“He holds these workshops because he wants to give a bit back.

“We did pay for him to come through funding we have because it was a great enrichment opportunity for our students involved with music.

Status Quo drummer, Jeff Rich at Netherhall learning campus. Jeff Rich with students Callum Barclay, Abbie leigh Hill, Ellie Glover and Hanna Rose Bayliss Pavi Singh Megan Syson Wilis and liason manager Helen Turnbull during his demonstration at the school.

“He talked about he got into the industry and talked about the history of drumming, which was really interesting.

“The kids loved watching him and were thrilled when he asked them to come up and play with him.

“Hopefully it will inspire more of our students to take up music professionally.

“We already support people to do that through our Netherhall Learning Campus community band and have got a lot of groups.

“We hope to have more workshops like this and will be looking at holding another with someone else in the industry later on in the year.”