Percussion

  Norman Edwards Jr, Jazz percussion
Norman Paul Edwards Jr. is from Queens, New York. He was born into a musical family- his father was a drummer in the gospel scene and his mother was a dancer and clarinetist. Norman attended the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts where he majored in music.

Norman is a two-time Grammy-nominated artist under the Jazz Heads label with the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra for two albums:  Kenya Revisited: Live and Tito Puente Masterworks: Live. Norman is an educator with Manhattan School of Music's Camp MSM, Arts Connection, and The New York Youth Musicians School in Brooklyn, New York. He runs SpinKick, his original band showcasing his composition skills blending dance, funk, hip hop and jazz. He also co-leads Fighting In The Streets, a video game remix band.

Norman specializes in drum set, percussion, vibes, piano, and guitar. He has shared the stage with George Benson, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, John Faddis, Candido Romero, Stefan Harris, Rudy Linka, Stevie Wonder and Bobby Sanabria. Norman holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music. He plays Vic Firth Sticks, Zildjian Cymbals, and Gon Bops Percussion.

www.normanedwardsjr.com

     
 

Jeremy Levine, Classical percussion
Jeremy Levine is one of the most in-demand timpanists and percussionists in the tri-state area. He holds Principal Timpani positions in several orchestras, including the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony in C (formally known as the Haddenfield Symphony Orchestra). Levine has also traveled all over the world performing as timpanist with world class orchestras, such as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Spain. He also frequently plays in the Broadway pit orchestra of the hit musical Something Rotten, running at the St. James Theater. Aside from his active performance schedule, Levine has a substantial teaching studio, both private and as the timpani professor at New Jersey City University. He has been teaching at Manhattan School of Music’s Camp MSM since 2015. He received degrees in music performance from Mannes College of Music (BM) and Manhattan School of Music (MM).