Paul McDermand
Caribbean/Pop Percussionist

September 15, 2017
7:30 pm
Glynn Academy Auditorium

Paul McDermand

September 15, 2017

7:30pm

Glynn Academy Auditorium


Paul McDermand began his musical career as a free-lance percussionist in the Chicago area. At the age of nineteen, he assumed the percussion duties on a popular theatrical production playing in one of Chicago’s downtown theaters. The show was called The Magic Man, which starred a teenage David Copperfield.

In 1981, Paul moved to the Phoenix area, lending his artistry to film scores, commercial jingles, symphonic productions and stage shows of every description. The list of big-name entertainers with whom Paul has performed is vast: Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Liberace, The Temptations and the Moody Blues have all tapped his considerable talents.

In 1993, Mr. McDermand received an invitation from New York to join a revival tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ, Superstar, featuring the stars of Norman Jewison’s 1973 motion picture. Paul accepted, anchoring the rhythm section during sold-out performances throughout the world’s finest theatrical venues. Upon his return to Scottsdale, Paul began to develop an assortment of instrumental arrangements built around the steel drums, marimba and vibraphone, resulting in numerous CD releases. These recordings are embraced the world over for their easy nature and exotic beauty; popular pianist Roger Williams (“Autumn Leaves”) once wrote to Paul, "If you don't stop making these beautiful recordings, you'll put me out of business!"

"Standing ovations every time. We love him." - Dennis DeFrain/Tuscany Theater at Pebble Creek/Goodyear, AZ

"Until Paul’s first appearance, we never repeated our concert attractions in successive years. Our patrons, however, demanded his immediate return." - Rio Verde Community Concerts/Rio Verde, Arizona

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