Ministry Of Beaver was formed in 1999 by a group of Coventry/Leamington Spa musicians. Over the years it has comprised various line-ups.
I joined the band as drummer in January 2008, following an offer from lead singer, Mark Yates, who had been singer in the final line-up of Kill Clouseau (a BAiT spin-off covers band of which I was a member), playing my first gig with the band on gig on 2nd February, 2008 and my last gig on 17th March, 2012 - a total of 91 gigs.
I enjoyed playing with the band. In spite of my unfamiliarity with a fair amount of the original set we played when I joined, I really took to it as a means to keep my 'hand in' playing drums, and was excited at the idea of being pushed by some of the material and having to make the effort to play some more demanding, heavier, and busier drum parts than I had played in previous cover bands.
After I joined, the line-up changed further, and I had the pleasure of working alongside some very talented musicians. The band constantly added new material, which kept it interesting.
I finally left due to a strong desire to make weekends available for family activities, but also because I had grown weary of the work involved in setting up and breaking down the equipment necessary to put on a full band show with P.A. and lights, and the associated very late nights.
The band plays predominently around Coventry and surrounding towns (Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby), but occasionally travels further afield.
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