Antwon A. Owens

Born: December 12, 1982    Primary Instrument: Drums

Antwon A. Owens

ANTWON OWENS DRUM KIT/PERCUSSION: Mr. Owens was born and raised in the City of Denver where jazz is thriving. He started out at the tender young age of fifteen with learning music for his first time. Since the graduation of high school in June 2001 Owens has flourished as a musician and has received many awards for his quick pace in learning music; these awards include Jazz Vibe solos (UNC Greely Jazz Festival), Drum set solos and Latin percussion playing (Metropolitan State College Jazz Festival & Denver University Jazz Festival). Owens has had the privilege to mentor and play with high school and middle school students in the Art Street Jazz Big Band under the direction of Gerald Endsley. Owens has earned his degree at Metropolitan State College of Denver for Music Education....
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”Antwon Owens charm radiates from behind his drum set, and he is great at making every member of the audience feel like he is playing just for them.”

-Erin Merelli, (Music That Moves)

Primary Instrument:

Denver, CO

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Mr. Owens has taught elementary, middle and high school concert bands, jazz big bands and combos in many different instrumentation settings. Stylistic playing of an ensemble, intonation and how to interact musically as an ensemble behind a soloists. Please contact to set up a time to work with your group!

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Mr. Owens has taught numerous jazz combos, big bands, Latin Ensembles, and mixed instrumentation groups that perform jazz standards, new original compositions and "Nu" Jazz contemporary musics. Mr. Owens is available to teach rhythms sectionals, work on styles of musics from exact areas of the world and teach the "role" of a drum kit player in any setting they can be inserted into. Improvisation and comping or "complementing" with in the rhythm section behind a soloists is a vital factor of a drummer, and Mr. Owens can help students to understand theses concepts within music.

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DRUM BRANDS: Gretsch, Pearl, Yamaha or Mapex 4-Piece Drum Kit. Or Head Drums (Colorado based drum maker-Steve Meyer, GREAT DRUMS!!!) 4-Piece Hickory Drum Kit w/wooden Hoops. SIZES: 8 or 9 x 12 Tom, 16 or 14 x 14 Tom Floor w/Leg, 16 x 18 or 20 Bass, 5 or 6 x 14- 8 or 10-Lug Wooden Snare, Single Tom holder HARD WEAR: DW 9500 Hi-Hat Stand w/Clutch, DW 5000AX Bass Drum Pedal. 3 DW Cymbal Boom Stands 9700L, DW Snare Drum Stands 9300 DRUMHEADS: Remo Coated Ambassador Drumheads or Remo FyberSkyn Drumheads. CYMBALS: I have an eclectic group of cymbals to play on. A 22' VERY thin ride that my best friend gave to me as a gift and it is my favorite cymbal to this day. (I think he just found the cymbal in his garage). A 20' Pearl ride with 3 rivets evenly spaced around the cymbal. 21' Sabian AA Series Dry Ride Cymbal w/ six rivets placed right across form each other. 10' Garage Sale Toy splash. TOYS: 1984 Fisher Price Toy Bell set and Various toy noise makers from the GoodWill and garage sales used wisely in all compositions... DRUMSTICKS: Vater, 8A Hand Selected Hickory 16" x .555" Drum Sticks Vater, T-7 Classical Legato Timpani Mallets Regal Tip Classic Brushes, black rubber covered Vic Firth M-1 Mallets Vic Firth RUTES

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