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Paul Deatherage

University of Kentucky, DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra
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Paul Deatherage is the adjunct instructor for drumset at the University of Kentucky. He is also on percussion staff for Lafayette High School, an eighteen-time Kentucky State Marching Champion and a Sudler Flag of Honor recipient. In addition, he maintains a private teaching studio at Don Wilson Music in Lexington, Kentucky.

Paul has an active career as a freelance drummer. He currently holds the drumset chair for the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra, the Raleigh Dailey Trio, the Osland/Dailey Jazztet, the Walnut Street Ragtime Ramblers, Sound Foundry Jazz Quartet, the Barry Mando Project, and classic rock/funk cover band, Deep Cutz.

He is featured on CDs with artists such as Wycliffe Gordon & the DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, the Raleigh Dailey Trio, and the Osland-Dailey Jazztet.

Over the years, Paul has had opportunities to share the stage with such noted artists as Joe Lovano, Doc Severensen, Wycliffe Gordon, Allen Vizzutti, Bob Mintzer, Jeff Coffin, Arlo Guthrie, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Howard Levy, Jim Snidero, Zach Brock, Denis DiBlasio, Roberto Sion, Ellen Rowe, Al Hood, Ron McCurdy, Vince Dimartino, Dan Moore, Miles Osland, and Raleigh Dailey.

Paul attended Tennessee Technological University, where he studied with Joseph Rasmussen and completed his Bachelors Degree in Music Education in December 2005. While living in Cookeville, he also studied with Eric Willie and Bill Bachman. Paul moved to Lexington in 2007 to study with James B. Campbell and John Willmarth while pursuing his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Kentucky. He completed his M.M. in May 2009.

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