Specials guest shares tips with students
He has toured the world with The Specials but this week musician Drew Stansall was at a school close to his roots.
Drew, who grew up in Leicester's Saffron Lane, spoke to year 10 and 11 BTec music students at Lancaster School, in Knighton, about their ambitions, breaking into the industry and making the most of their talents.
Drew plays in the brass section of The Specials on tours.
He said: "I grew up in the city so it means a lot to speak to young people here.
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"I can only speak from my own experiences but, hopefully, they found my talk interesting and inspiring.
"My advice was to keep going, no matter what knock backs they had if it was really something they wanted to do.
"My dad got me into music. He was a big influence because he played in bands and as a teenager I'd go and watch him in the clubs in Leicester."
Music teacher Na'im Cortazzi said: "It's been brilliant to bring in a real artist who can offer advice.
"The boys found it really interesting and it's been highly relevant to their studies."
Ethan Joyce, 14, said: "I'm in a band and studying music so it's been useful to hear from someone with real knowledge of the industry."