Eleanor Laing

Eleanor LaingEleanor Laing has been the MP for Epping Forest since 1997. During sixteen years in Parliament she has had a variety of roles - as Shadow Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Shadow Minster for Equality, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Shadow Education Minister and Opposition Whip.

Currently a member of the influential Political and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee, she has also been elected Chairman of the 1922 Home and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Her experience of parliamentary reform includes membership of the controversial Joint Committee on the House of Lords, the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege and the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission.

A graduate of Edinburgh University, where she was the first woman to be elected President of the Union, Eleanor worked as a solicitor in Edinburgh, in the City and in industry. She is Chairman of the Society of Conservative Lawyers.

During the Thatcher and Major governments, Eleanor was Special Advisor to John MacGregor when he was in the Cabinet, notably as Leader of the House of Commons.

Eleanor lives near Epping with her young son - who was born one week after the 2001 General Election! She lists her hobbies as theatre, travel and golf - but, combining motherhood and parliament, she has little time for anything else.

Peter House

Peter HouseA local resident and successful business pioneer who's passion for music led him to the Loughton Music Academy. Peter has been a proactive councillor with the Epping District and Loughton Town Council and is currently involved with The Loughton Residents association and traders council.

Tina Fry

Tina FryChristina Fry has worked in the field of Music and the Arts for over 20 years. She has been everything from a T.V Presenter to a West end Cabaret singer and Comedienne.

Christina Supports the work of LMAT through her work with the LMA and has her own LMAT school in Germany.






Zigaboo Modeliste

Zigaboo ModelisteJoseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator, percussionist, and New Orleans legend.

The most highly-acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City, Ziggy’s creativity has been a wellspring of funk influence for three decades, inspiring many Hip-Hop tracks. His innovative work as a member of internationally-acclaimed R&B group, The Meters, and side work with artists like Keith Richards, Robert Palmer and Dr. John have garnered him unparalleled respect among musicians and fans. His unique style consistently demonstrates his brilliance as the premier funk drummer of the contemporary era. The original The Meters LP’s were all recorded with Ziggy at the drums, and his work has been sampled many times over by artists such as Queen Latifah, Run DMC, Ice Cube, Salt N’ Pepa, Beastie Boys, and Naughty by Nature. Ziggy is a BMI award winner for the Young Gunz track, “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.” His drum sound provided the main loops for Amerie’s #1 Grammy-nominated R&B hit, “1Thing.”

Ziggy has written over 200 songs individually and collectively with The Meters, with releases on over 56 albums nationally and internationally. His movie soundtrack resume includes “Two Can Play That Game,” “Jackie Brown,” “Drum Line,” “8 Mile,” “Hancock,” and “Red.” Zig was featured in producer Mark Ronson’s 2011 Re:Generation Music Project, performing a new original song, “A La Modeliste,” with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, and members of The Dap Kings. Zigaboo’s solo CDs include “”, reviewed as one of the most outstanding comeback records of 2000, and the 2004 follow-up CD, “I’m on the Right Track,” featuring special guests, Dr. John and Bernie Worrell. “Funk Me Hard Live” is a collection of funk originals, recorded in 1980 and released in 2009. “New Life,” released in 2011, is the latest offering on Zigaboo’s own label, JZM Records, available at, iTunes and

In 2013, Drum Channel and Zigaboo Modeliste released a DVD, ”The Originator of New Orleans Funky Drumming” -- a history/biography of Zigaboo’s New Orleans Style Drumming approach and technique. Zig was honored with the cover story in the August, 2013, edition of Modern Drummer. He is also featured as he holds down the groove at Bonnaroo 2013 in the star-studded “Rock and Soul Dance Party,” singing his song, “Hey Pocky Away,” available on YouTube.

Zigaboo is a positive advocate for LMAT, and has brought his innovative masterclass to a number of our schools.

Malcolm Bell

Malcolm BellMalcolm Bell JP is organist of Loughton Methodist Church and treasurer of The City and London & Eastern Society of Organists. Malcolm began playing the piano at the age of 8 years and then the piano accordion at 12 and classical organ at 14. He has been playing for Church services, weddings and funerals for over 50 years. In 2003 he took over the organisation of the long running series of classical recitals at the Methodist Church and inaugurated the Loughton Youth Music Festival. This Festival showcases the excellence of music tuition in the schools within the catchment area of Loughton with performances by A-Level students (or equiv) from nine establishments including the Loughton Music Academy Trust.

For the past two years the Festival has enthusiastically supported the work of the Community Music Initiative and now the “Pass It On” scheme, with some 25 children from the Church will be benefitting from a free lesson in an instrument they haven’t played before. “I am passionate about children experiencing music - learning and listening to music of all genres and believe that music therapy is crucial in the treatment of children with special needs.” In his spare time Malcolm has served for 20 years as a Justice of the Peace in courts in Essex, specialising in the work of Family Court.