Jason Cassell

  • Gender: Musician
  • Instrument/s: Congas, Drums, Percussion, Timpani, Vibraphone
  • Music Type: Acoustic, Adult Contemporary, Big Band Jazz, Blues, Broadway/Theater, Chamber Music, Childrens Music, Christmas/Seasonal, Classic Rock (70s-80s), Classical, Commercial/Film Music, Concert Band, Contemporary Christian, Country/Western, Cover Tunes, Dance, Dixieland, Ethnic, Fifties, Gospel, Heavy Metal, Hip Hop/Rap, Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Latin, Original Music, Popular, R&B, Ragtime, Reggae/Calypso, Requests, Rock n Roll (50s-60s), Rock/Pop, Show Tunes, Soul/Funk, Standards, Swing, Top 40, Wedding Music
  • Event Type: Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Ceremonial/Graduation, Chamber Music Concert, Church/Worship Service, Classical/Symphonic Concert, Concert, Club Date, Cocktail Hour, Community Event/Celebration, Corporate/Industrial, Dance, Dinner Party, Educational/School Concert, Festival, Fundraiser/Political Event, Funeral, Holiday/Christmas Celebration, Party, Reception, Studio/Recording Session, Theatrical/Broadway Musical, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception
  • About:
    Driving the train, blending with the ensemble and being able to understand my role, as timekeeper & soloist (when appropriate) are all elements of my playing.

    I have performed on drum set and percussion in the Detroit area for over 20 years as a freelance musician and member of various ensembles. Currently, I am a member of the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, Michigan Phil Jazz Trio/Quartet, Hubbell Street Band (jazz/light rock) Downriver Zero (rock) and
    Doug Scott Jazz Group.

    If you are looking for a small jazz group for your event please contact me.

    Frequently I perform with churches, musical theatre groups, small jazz combos and
    pop/rock bands. I’ve backed up many national touring acts, primarily as a percussionist, with the Johnny Trudell Orchestra. Performing jazz, pop/rock, funk, Latin, and blues are my strengths on drum set. I am seeking more opportunities to perform.

    Professional Musical Experience
    Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra
    Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra
    Michigan Philharmonic Jazz Trio
    The Johnny Trudell Orchestra
    Southern Great Lakes Symphony Orchestra
    Livonia Symphony Orchestra
    Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra
    Southfield Symphony Orchestra
    Grosse Point Symphony Orchestra
    Dearborn Symphony Orchestra
    Detroit Concert Chorale
    Madison Chorale
    Pontiac-Oakland Symphony Orchestra
    Rochester Symphony Orchestra
    Orchestra Canton
    Plymouth Symphony Orchestra
    Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center (DYPAC)
    Detroit Lions Pro Band
    Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra
    Comic Opera Guild of Michigan
    St. Paul Lutheran Church
    Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church
    Meadowbrook Congregational Church
    Sacred Heart Church
    Wyandotte Community Theatre
    Southgate Community Theatre
    Cranbrook Summer Music Theatre Program
    Actors Company
    Hubbell Street Band
    Downriver Zero
    8:14 Band (Doug Scott Quintet)
    120 Minute Men
    Lady Sunshine & the X Band
    Classical Revolution Detroit
    Oakland University Brass Band
    The Farmington Players
    Hope Lutheran Church
    St. Paul on the Lake

    Performer with National Touring Acts:
    Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
    Don Rickles
    Bobby Vinton (more bongos!)
    Connie Francis
    James Darrin
    Bobby Rydell
    Jerry Vale
    Al Martino
    Anne Murray
    Sal Richards
    The Irish Tenors
    Glen Campbell
    Bob Anderson
    Michael Amante

    Positions Held:
    Music Director for Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center (DYPAC) 2015
    Principal Percussionist - Shoreline Concert Band
    Principal Percussionist - Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra
    Principal Percussionist - Livonia Symphony Orchestra
    Music director/conductor for \\\\\\\'Wyandotte Community Theater
    Assistant to the Entertainment Director - Detroit Lions
    Drummer with the Detroit Lions Band - (sub)
    Director of the Detroit Lions \\\\\\\"Docs \\\\\\\'n \\\\\\\'Jocs\\\\\\\" Pep Band
    Founding member of the Pop/Funk band Tripphorn Solution
    Partner in Tessitura Music - Music production
    Drummer with Hubbell Street (jazz/pop)
    Drummer with Downriver Zero (rock)
    Drummer with Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church
    Member of the Vic Firth Educational Team
    Member of ASCAP - Composer/Author & Publisher

    Musical Education
    Joseph Tortenesi (Drum Set)
    Samuel Tundo (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
    Keith Claeys (Detroit Symphony Orchestra Affiliate)
    Joseph A. Labuta - (Wayne State)
    Douglas Bianchi - (Wayne State)
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