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Wheelchair-Bound Drummer Crowdfunds to Represent Australia

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Jasmine Crittenden
| November 24, 2015

Andrew Hewitt might have cerebral palsy, but that hasn’t stopped his music career. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, he has spent the past twenty years playing in bands and conducted drumming workshops all over Australia. In March 2013, he co-founded Can-Do Musos, a meeting place for musicians with disabilities, where they can share their experiences, difficulties and triumphs.

Now, Mr Hewitt has been invited to present at the NAMM Show, one of the world’s biggest music conferences. The 2016 edition will be held in Anaheim, California, between January 21 and 24. Unable to fund the trip independently, he is seeking support via crowd funding. His campaign, run via Oz Crowd, hopes to raise $5,000.

All donors will enter a draw to win a prize pack, courtesy of Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drum Heads and the Living End. To donate, visit the campaign page here.


  1. Eddie Wheeler

    Way to go Andrew! You will make it. Looking forward to follow your journey…

    By the way, its weird to see how mutch different Sweden and Australia are from each other. In Sweden is not political correct for a reporter to say or write wheelchair-bound. You are not “bound” to a wheelchair ju just use it because you can’t walk. Its not a prison.

    1. Jasmine Crittenden

      Hi Eddie, I really appreciate your comments. They raise an important question. While writing this article, I thought carefully about the words I was using and certainly questioned whether or not ‘wheelchair-bound’ was appropriate. However, given that Andrew describes himself this way on his website, I decided it would be okay. But maybe you’re right – maybe it’s a word that Australia needs to re-think! Needless to say, Andrew is anything but imprisoned.

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