The National Association of Percussion Teachers was formed in 1984 by a group of like-minded people looking to share ideas and enhance their teaching skills. These percussionists came from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of teaching experience and were striving to make UK percussion teaching the best it could be.
The late Jack Richards, having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music to pursue a career in teaching, felt that there should be an organisation which specifically catered for the needs of percussion teachers. At a meeting in London's Barbican Centre, Jack floated the idea to several colleagues and a follow-up meeting was held at the home of Michael Skinner. At this meeting a name and constitution was formulated and the first NAPT committee was formed. The first Chair was Jack Richards, Michael Skinner was appointed President and other officers included Sean Hooper, Graham Hosker and Brian Stone.
The association originally outlined a plan for a regular newsletter and an AGM. The AGM was to have associated conference, at a time when such percussive events were rare. The first AGM and conference took place on April 25th, 1984, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Subsequent conferences have been held in Manchester, Perth, Wells, Poole, Oxford and London.
NAPT quickly expanded to cover the whole of the UK with percussion teachers from all parts of the country being involved and the membership now also includes percussion teachers from other EU countries.