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Ben Bilello

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As one of the most in demand freelance drummers in New England, Ben Bilello can be seen at numerous clubs, concert halls and festivals with a wide variety of artists. Originally from Narragansett, Rhode Island, Ben began playing the snare drum in his elementary school band. As time passed, Ben became interested in learning the drum set, acquiring his first kit at age fourteen. His first significant exposure to jazz occurred around this time and he made the decision to study music at a formal conservatory. After graduating from Narragansett High School in 1995, Ben moved to West Hartford, Connecticut to begin college

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Forrest Young

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Forrest became known as “The Emergency Drummer” in the late 90s* while studying jazz at VCU. He’s earned three Emmy Awards for his session work on separate PBS documentaries, along with Frank Coleman and VGO Productions. Forrest's band will be headlining the RVA Jazz Festival this summer with his band, The WWAY. Along with Chris Whiteman (D-Angelo) on guitar, Jonah Kane West on organ, and Dane Alderson (Yellowjackets, Bob Mintzer Big Band) on bass. Forrest is also a visual artist whose Lyric Portraits can be seen at ArtThruZ.com.

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Marshall Bilodeau

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Marshall Bilodeau has played drumset for 15 years, studied jazz and classical percussion for many years including at Central Washington University where he recieved his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree (2005). He is a Washington State certified music teacher, has played in big bands and small ensembles around the Pacific Northwest and has been a jazz educator since 2001. Current member of the Seattle Jazz Singers and faculty at the Seattle Jazz Night School.

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Jason Harnell

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Jason Harnell is a world-renowned jazz drummer, educator, composer and bandleader whose unmistakable sound and style, as well as his boundless creativity and enthusiasm have made him a major contributor to the Southern California jazz scene for over twenty five years. Coming from a musical family, Jason was practically born with drum sticks in his hands and started playing at age six when close family friend and legendary drummer, Louie Bellson gave Jason his first drum set. Jason is consistently creative and swinging whether playing straight ahead jazz or free explorations. He has performed, recorded and toured with many of the world's top jazz musicians including Larry Goldings, Ben Monder, Bob Sheppard, Dave Douglas, Anthony Wilson, Alan Ferber, Kate McGarry, Steve Cardenas, Theo Bleckmen, Joel Harrison, Ben Wendel, Rick Margitza, John Beasley, Bruce Forman, John Pisano, Alan Pasqua, Walter Smith III, Kei Akagi & Maynard Ferguson

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Murph Aucamp

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Grammy nominated drummer/percussionist Murph Aucamp has proven himself as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. From orchestral duties to leading salsa bands in his native South Florida, Murph has enjoyed the freedom that comes with being a diverse musician. He has toured internationally with trumpeter Brian Lynch, performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and backed up an array of legends such as Quincy Jones, Julie Andrews, and John Williams. A graduate of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, Murph has shared the stage with true Miami icons including Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, and Michael Tilson Thomas' New World Symphony

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Mason Andruskiewicz

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After taking snare drum lessons as a kid, Mason renewed his passion for drumming while studying biomedical engineering at WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts. Soon after graduating, he found himself playing jazz gigs in Worcester and Boston. He began studying jazz drums with Dan MacDonald at Music Maker Studios in Brighton, MA. Mason takes inspiration from many great drummers across different genres of music. Some of his favorites are Steve Gadd, Idris Muhammad, and John Bonham.

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Attila Gyarfas

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Attila Gyárfás (1990) is a Hungarian drummer, composer, and improvisor, who has appeared on over 20 records and has performed at a great number of major venues and festivals all over Europe, such as the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, the Palace of Arts in Budapest, and the Porgy & Bess in Vienna. As member of various groups, he has won several awards, including the European Young Artists' Jazz Award Burghausen 2017 and the Keep an Eye - The Records in 2015. He graduated at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague with Cum Laude honours, and he earned his master’s degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam


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