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Brian O'Neill

While I'm a percussionist these days, I originally studied classical piano. I put in a good 11 years, all the way through through high school. I also sung for many years in the world-famous Phoenix Boys Choir. At age 13, I started playing drums and percussion and about nine years later, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Studies from Northern Arizona University (thanks Steve). In 1999, I moved to Boston and have been freelancing as a drummer/percussionist ever since.

Musicians these days often wonder what my “main thing” is. I believe that my strongest characteristic as a musician lies in my diversity; I study and perform a variety of musical styles (orchestral, jazz, mexican folk, exotica, brazilian, middle-eastern, flamenco) on an equally-wide range of instruments

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