Peter Erskine has played drums since the age of 4 and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on 600 albums and film scores, and has won 2 Grammy Awards plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music. Over 40 albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson big bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny & Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, BBC Symphony, Oslo and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. Peter has been voted "Best Jazz Drummer of the Year" ten times by the readers of the Modern Drummer magazine. Peter produces jazz recordings for his record label Fuzzy Music, and is an active author with several books and DVDs to his credit: the latest titles include "Time Awareness for All Musicians," "Essential Drum Fills" and "Everything I Know, a Work in Progress." Peter graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. Peter is currently a full Professor of Practice, Jazz Studies and the Director of Drumset Studies at the University of Southern California. His latest endeavors include several play-along apps for iOS, and his autobiography "No Beethoven" was released this year.
Originally from Texas and now residing in Stockton, CA, Brian Kendrick holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Percussion Performance from Texas Tech University as well as a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University. He has performed throughout North America and Europe in both jazz and orchestra settings and has appeared with such eminent artists as Henry Mancini, Sarah Vaughn, Ernie Watts, Jiggs Whigham, Bobby Watson, Ray Drummond, Anton Schwartz, Claudia Villela, Gilbert Castellanos and Eric Marienthal. Brian Kendrick has recorded with Habanero, Blue Norther, Frank Morgan, Marvin Stamm, Essiett Essiett, Joe Gilman, Chris Brubeck, Aaron Garner, Dave Bass and Patrick Langham.
Before moving to Northern California, Kendrick performed regularly in New York with the Syracuse New Music Society, his jazz quartet, Blue Norther, and founded the Salt City Jazz Collective big band, while also teaching drum set and percussion at Syracuse University. Kendrick currently maintains an active performance schedule playing jazz, orchestra and chamber music with ensembles such as Stockton Symphony, Modesto Symphony, The Music Circus, Bear Valley Music Festival, St. John's Chamber Orchestra. Jazz artists include Patrick Langham Group, Simon Rowe Quintet, Aaron Garner, Dave Bass, The Brian Kendrick Big Band and vocalists Vivian Leigh and Franchesca Homan. Besides being a versatile performer, Kendrick is a dedicated educator and is Director of Jazz at San Joaquin Delta College, has taught at the Cazadero Music Camp and is on the faculty of the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Camps and Brubeck Jazz Colony. Kendrick is also a frequent festival adjudicator, guest artist and presenter of the annual San Joaquin Delta College Jazz Festival.
Dr. Brian S. Mason, Associate Professor of Percussion at Morehead State University, is a highly respected innovator of the contemporary marching percussion ensemble. His career in the DCI activity spanned more than two decades, claiming numerous awards and honors with the Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, and the Santa Clara Vanguard. In high demand as a clinician, performer, and adjudicator, he has appeared throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, Canada, and Mexico, and his compositions have been performed around the world.
Currently, Brian coordinates the percussion studies program at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY and also directs the award-winning Marching Percussion Ensemble, featured on VicFirth.com in a web-based instructional video series, Marching Percussion 101. Off-campus, he is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors, is president of the KY Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, is a contract section player with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears as a guest artist with high school and university percussion ensembles across the US.
Brian received his D.M.A. and B.M. as a student of James B. Campbell at the University of Kentucky, and his M.M. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a student of Dr. Dean Gronemeier. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Committee, the P.A.S. Health and Wellness Committee, and the P.A.S. Marching Percussion Committee. Brian has published articles in Percussive Notes, has been interviewed in Modern Drummer and Band and Orchestra Magazine, and co-authored the 2000 Modern Drummer Readers Poll's "No. 1 Drum Set Method Book," The Commandments of R&B Drumming (Warner Brothers). Brian is a performing artist for Mapex Drums, and Majestic Percussion, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drumheads, and Grover Pro Percussion, and his original works are published through Row-Loff Productions, Bachovich Music Publications, and Tap Space Publications.
Russell McCutcheon is Director of Bands in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. At Gettysburg, he conducts the Wind Symphony, Sunderman Conservatory Symphony Band, and the Sunderman Chamber Winds. He also directs the Bullets Marching Band. In addition, he teaches conducting, music education courses, and supervises student teachers in the field.
Dr. McCutcheon received his Ph.D. in Music Education with a concentration in Wind Conducting from the University of Florida in Gainesville where he served as Assistant Conductor of the Wind Symphony.
Dr. McCutcheon is the founding conductor of the Atlantic Chamber Winds, and is a regular contributor to the best-selling book series, "Teaching Music through Performance in Bands." He has been the featured clinician/conductor for many county and district honor bands, was invited to serve as the winds and percussion clinician for the Ohio All-State Orchestra, travels regularly to music camps nationally, and adjudicates band festivals in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Mexico and the Bahamas.
Brian Zeglis is the Percussion Caption Head, Percussion Arranger, and Music Coordinator for DCI Open Class Finalist Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. He also serves as Percussion Coordinator for Davenport Central High School. He is the drummer for Hunter Fuerste's American Vintage Orchestra and The Rod Pierson Big Band. Brian graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Music Business from Western Illinois University. He then received his M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas.
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Jeremy Peters is the Director of Creative and Business Affairs for Ghostly Songs. Since joining Ghostly in 2003 he's risen thru the ranks from intern to directing the operations of the group's publishing, copyright administration, master licensing, original composition, and music supervision activities. Jeremy has worked on projects with brands such as Nike, Victoria's Secret, FIJI Water, HUMMER, Motorola, Ford, Chevy, and Sprint/Nextel as well as numerous Television, Video Game, and Film projects.
In his non-existant spare time, he is the co-founder of an indie imprint, Quite Scientific Records, is part of the group that organizes 826Michigan's Mittenfest, and is a communications and new media consultant and organizer for progressive and center-left political campaigns. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of 826michigan, as Co-Chair of the American Association of Independent Music's Licensing and Publishing Committee, Co-Chair of the Ann Arbor Film Festival's Local Advisory Board, and on the Community Advisory Committee for The Neutral Zone's Youth Owned Enterprises.
He's been a resident of Washtenaw County for the past eleven years and graduated from the University of Michgan with a BA in Political Science and Music, and has recorded and/or performed with The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club (on a double Platinum record, to boot!), The Friars, Western Michigan University's Gold Company II, the University Musical Society's Choral Union (with the Detroit and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestras), the Lakeshore Chamber Singers, the Choir of Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Chris Bathgate, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Silent Years, Matt Jones, Fred Thomas, Frontier Ruckus and others.
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Born and raised in the "Live Music Capital of the World," Abe The Assassin is no stranger to music. Abe grew up in, and eventually ran the family record store in Austin, Texas. He was dubbed, "The Assassin" for simply "killing" the club, wowing the audiences since day one behind the decks. Abe has been tapped by the biggest hip hop and top 40 KiSSFM stations in Austin to be featured as on air talent, as well as being featured on the small screen as the tv and real life DJ for hit NBC drama, 'Friday Night Lights'. Abe The Assassin is no stranger to accolades, having been tagged as a Scion Emerging Artist, won numerous best of Austin nightlife related awards, and being in demand at some of the best clubs in Austin and around the country as one of the most diverse, sought after DJs in Texas. His biggest award to date is taking home the crown at the 2012 Red Bull Thre3style regional in his hometown, with the national title in his sights. Recognizing his skill, Abe was recruited to the Free Agent Management roster of artists and has since performed at nationally known venues and includes major corporate events like Super Bowl XLV, Bud Light's private island in the Carribbean, BCS national championship, and more. Abe also co produces a party that's arguably the unofficial kickoff to the SXSW music week for the last few years, the Assassin Entertainment/Free Agent Management Showcase. Looking towards the future, expect more mixtapes, bigger clubs, and many, many more press clippings. Sonically speaking, Abe The Assassin is just that. Capable of making dance floors across the country, young to old, square to hip, a target of his musical massacre.
Matt Beio is currently a graduate student at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He started marching drum corps in high school, playing marimba for the Pioneer drum and bugle corps in 2007. He played marimba in the Colts drum and bugle corps from 2008-2010 (section leader in 2010), and in 2009 received the bronze medal at DCI Solo and Ensemble for individual keyboard. In 2011 he aged out of DCI on marimba with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2011 he also played marimba for Rhythm X (two time WGI World Champions). Matt's teaching experience includes state finalist for Bloomington High School in 2010-2011 as well as DCI open class finalist Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
Matt Brusca is currently the Assistant Band Director/Percussion Coordinator for Bartlesville Public Schools. He also works on staff with WGI Independent World Class Finalist, Gateway Indoor and DCI Open Class Finalist, the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, he serves as the Co-Founder/Director of the U.S.-Serbian Drum Line Exchange, which presented clinics and performances on U.S. marching percussion in Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Matt's performing experiences include the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Bears Drum Line, the NCAA Cross Country Championships, among others. He has also been seen performing on FOX, TBS, ESPN, and the MLB Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Missouri Southern State University and a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from Illinois State University.
Anne Harris, singer/songwriter, violinist and recording artist is one of Chicago's best. She cites her unique "conscious music" genre as a mix between traditional Celtic music, American folk-rock, Afrobeat, soul and chamber music. In 2009 Harris became a guest violinist with psychedelic 70's legend Jefferson Starship and began touring regularly with world-renowned trance-blues innovator, Otis Taylor. Now, between tour dates with Taylor, Harris has been performing with her band, writing, evolving and working on what's next. No less than you'd expect from an artist who's clearly unfolding in the most extraordinary way.
Owner/Founder of The Daily Swarm. A seasoned writer, publisher, event organizer, and new media professional who brings a cutting-edge approach to the creation of innovative publications, internet properties, and live productions.
Jeff Queen, world-renowned percussion performer and instructor, currently works as percussion consultant for Madison Scouts Corp. Jeff has extensive drum corps experience having marched in the Bluecoats, Velvet Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard and Blue Knights. Jeff was the DCI's I&E snare drum champion in 1994 & 1995 and an original cast member of the Emmy award winning Broadway show BLAST! Jeff also travels the world as an active composer, arranger, judge, clinician and performer.