Kevin Connelley

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Background And Experience

Kevin took his first formal drum lesson at age nine. Eight years later he was one of three drummers selected to represent the United States in the US Jazz Abroad Tour 1978, which toured seven European countries. He went on to receive a bachelors in percussion performance at Northwestern University and began playing professionally at the age of twenty. Kevin has performed in a wide variety of media, including television, radio and album recordings. He is regarded as one of the finest players and teachers in the Chicago area. Since 1981 Kevin has maintained a busy schedule as a performer and teacher.

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Bachelor's in Percussion Performance, 1983

Studied with:

Joel Spencer (Count Basie, Red Rodney, Barney Kessel)
Terry Applebaum (Northwestern University Percussion Professor)
Tony Caselli (Chicago-area Performer and Educator)
Duane Thamm (Chicago-area Performer and Educator)

Billy Cobham (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Graham Lear (Santana, REO Speedwagon, Gino Vanelli)
Steve Houghton (Freddie Hubbard, Toshiko Akioshi)
Joe Porcaro (Founder, Percussion Institute of Technology, Hollywood CA)
Victor Feldman (Steely Dan, L.A. studio percussionist)
Greg Field (Count Basie)
Aaron Serfaty (Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi, Frank Gambale, Don Grusin)
Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa, Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau, American Idol)

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