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Steve Pemberton

Jazz drummer/percussionist Steve Pemberton has gained an international reputation as an incredibly versatile and sensitive musician. Looking at his background, it becomes obvious that he is constantly reinventing himself, refusing to be pigeonholed as a single-faceted artist.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, he then began a world-hopping career, performing in concert and on television throughout Europe, North & South America and Asia. Most recently Steve held the position as jazz drumset specialist & utility percussionist with the prestigious Boston Pops Orchestra, and can still be seen on many of their A&E and PBS “Evening at Pops” TV broadcast reruns, some under the baton of film composer and conductor John Williams. Prior to his three-year association with the Pops, he held down the drum chair and was featured as a member of ten-time nominated and two-times Grammy Award winner Peter Nero's Trio for sixteen years. Some recent performance highlights include Patti Page's Grammy Award winning CD for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, “Patti Page - Live at Carnegie Hall”, recording and live performances with some of LA's world class jazz artists including Bill Watrous, Tom Scott and Pete Christlieb, and a stint with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl for a Henry Mancini tribute. He has worked with over 125 orchestras worldwide, including Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and the National Symphony.

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Mr. Pemberton's musical approach to the drums has been noted in many press reviews. The Washington Post hailed his “show-stopping solo” at the Kennedy Center, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, “Pemberton's solo was an artistic exploration of timbre and articulation at soft and softer dynamics.” Other reviews have noted “drummer Pemberton maintained interest through all of his turn, exploring every resource of his instrument from rim to skins. He also managed some delicate brush work...”, “Pemberton used effective rhythms, varying tone colors and dynamics to create an enjoyable solo, so unlike most percussionists who rely on maniacal pounding to elicit a reaction from the audience...”, “Pemberton proved to be a percussionist in the mold of Buddy Rich.”
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Intermediate to advanced


Currently on the drum faculty at Los Angeles Music Academy. Please contact me directly for current available schedule and rates.

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Clinician for Zildjian, Vic Firth and REMO. Please contact the drum manufacturers directly for additional information. Multiple themed clinics are available.


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