John Currey, Drums & Percussion

Drum Set - Timpani - Keyboards - Hand Drums

John Currey holds a master's degree in percussion performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he has taught for more than sixteen years for the Conservatory's Community Music & Dance Academy. In addition to his directing duties with the Caribbean Heart Steel Pan Band, Echoes of Africa Drum Ensemble, Marimba Sol de Chiapas Mexican Marimba Group, and as Facilitator for the WWM Drum Circles, John was an Original Cast Member for KC Union Station’s Sticks of Thunder, is Percussionist for the Kansas City Brassworksthe Flamenco dance and music ensemble: Flamenco de los Barriosis a member of the Tri-Percussion group, he plays drums/percussion for the Steve Gray Band featuring Shannon Lipps on vocals, and, in Broken String -- a guitar and percussion trio putting a delightfully fresh twist on the fusion of Latin Jazz, Flamenco, the Pat Metheny songbook, and more.

Numerous performance highlights include with the Kansas City Symphony, newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, Kansas City Ballet Orchestra, nationally-touring productions of Broadway's Evita and Ragtime, the American Ballet Theatre, the Czech National Orchestra, the Caribbean Steel Pan Band, and two years as Principal Timpanist for the Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, where he toured with the Kansas City Brass

Mr. Currey is a Modern Dance Accompanist with nearly 20 years of accompaniment experience. His hand drumming has been featured with the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey's outreach programs and AileyCamps, the Kansas City Ballet School Summer Intensives, the Westport Ballet, and in numerous Modern Dance Master Classes, including for members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, with dance greats David Parsons, Leni Wylliams, Denise Jefferson, and others. John's dance accompanying earned him a commission to co-write music for the Wylliams/Henry Dance Company, and, his upcoming CD release: Grooves for Modern Dance, volume 1 is an exciting collection of music to keep Modern / Contemporary Dance classes moving! John accompanies Modern Classes at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and for the Kansas City Ballet School.

John presented at and arranged percussion for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians’ 2001 Biennial National Conference, and teaching credits include Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, Calvary Bible College, Pittsburg State University, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UMKC, and as an Arts Educator with Kansas City Young Audiences. His marimba and djembe resources are published by MUSICA JOROCU.

For more information, bookings, and lessons, please contact:

John Currey, Percussionist
P. O. Box 22536
Kansas City, MO 64113-0536
816-225-3888 / MUSICAJOROCU[at]yahoo[dot]com

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