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Paul owen - Percussion


Paul Owen is a percussionist, drummer, and educator who maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in a wide variety of musical styles ranging from contemporary art music to jazz, rock, and world percussion influenced drum set.


As a performer, Paul has served as drummer for the double platinum selling artist, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, with who he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is also a member of the Portland Percussion Group, a contemporary percussion ensemble, which strives to promote percussion performance through concerts, educational outreach, and the commissioning of new compositions. Regional performance credits include the Salem Chamber Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Coast Music Festival, and the Oregon Festival of American Music. In addition to being in demand locally as a performer and clinician, Paul has performed and educated throughout the United States and China, where he has worked with classical percussion and jazz ensembles alike. He has performed at such renowned events as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music, Reno Jazz Festival, and Northwest Percussion Festival.


Paul currently serves as Instructor of Percussion at Willamette University, Linfield College, and Reed College, in additional to a supplemental role as Interim Instructor of Percussion at Western Oregon University during Fall 2017. He also maintains a connection to area schools functioning as a freelance percussion and drum set specialist.


Owen currently lives in Portland, Oregon and is a graduate of both the University of Oregon and the University of Michigan. His former teachers include Joseph Gramley, Jonathan Ovalle, Ian Ding, Eric Schweikert, Charles Dowd, and Gary Hobbs. Paul proudly endorses Vic Firth Drumsticks.