Born in Colchester, Essex, Rowntree was born to musical parents – Susan, a viola player, and John, a sound engineer at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). He attended the Gilberd School, Colchester during the week, and the Landermere Music School, Thorpe-le-Soken, at weekends, where he studied percussion. He played percussion with his father in the Colchester Silver Band, a brass band.
Parisian born Manu was a respected session player in Paris before coming to international recognition through his stylish work with Peter Gabriel on the influential 1986 album ‘So’. He combined percussive brilliance with an unmistakable groove in a manner not heard before and overnight became the drummer everyone wanted.
Eric Valentine is a noted musician in contemporary jazz/fusion and rock circles who is recently busy playing on the “G3” tour with Steve Vai.