Alan Dowling is a drummer, music educator and conductor. He’s performed or recorded with Gordie MacKeeman, Irish Mythen, Dennis Ellsworth, Meaghan Blanchard, Measha Bruggergosman, The Jive Kings, Doug Riley, and many others.
Alan is the Head of the Music Performance program at the Holland College School of Performing Arts in Charlottetown, PEI. He is an active performer in many genres and has played and recorded with artists covering such styles as rock, country, pop, Celtic, jazz, classical and world music.
He performed as the onstage drummer with the Charlottetown Festival for five years and earned three ECMA awards and several Music PEI awards for recordings. He has performed at jazz festivals in Quebec, Nova Scotia and PEI and has made guest appearances with Symphony Nova Scotia and the PEI Symphony Orchestra.
Alan is a proud endorser of Sabian cymbals and Vic Firth sticks. He loves giving drum clinics and is a member of SOCAN, CFM Local 571 and Music PEI.
BORN IN (city): Charlottetown, PE, Canada
LIVES IN (city): Charlottetown, PE, Canada
DRUMMING SINCE (year): 1968
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, David Garibaldi
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: The Jive Kings with Measha Bruggergosman
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: “The Oakland Zone” by Tower of Power
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Playing with Canadian jazz icon Doug Riley’s quartet, and the PEI Symphony Orchestra, in a performance of Doug’s four-movement composition for jazz quartet and orchestra entitled “Prince Edward Island Suite”.
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 22” Ed Thigpen Crystal Ride