Born: August 17, 1976
Peter Auret (born 17 August 1976, Johannesburg, Gauteng) is a South African drummer. Peter is a versatile musician who has performed an toured with many of South Africa's great groups and musicians. He also works as a producer, recording engineer and occasional composer at his Sumo Sound recording facility. His distinctive performances and musical ideas can be heard on his, and many others' records.
Peter Auret grew up in Johannesburg listening to his parents' Rock 'n Roll and Folk Music records without much exposure to Jazz and African music, in the then still very segregated and isolated South Africa. Although both his mother and grandfather played musical instruments, a career in music was never encouraged by his parents. The largely self- taught drummer began playing at the age of seventeen. While in high school he played in the Witwatersrand Youth Orchestra and the school marching band under direction of South African Pipe Band Champion Jeff Owen. After high school graduation, Auret attended Park Town College in Johannesburg studying fine arts and design whilst holding down regular club gigs with his own band. He then transferred to the National School of Arts where he studied drums with Garth Farrant. During that time he started performing with other bands and artists as a freelancer, and also played in a student musical theatre production at the Cairo International Arts Festival and the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 1996....
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