Percussion

Porter EidamPorter Eidam, III

Porter Eidam has been involved in music most of his life. He was a percussionist with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra from 1985 to 1986. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Instrumental Music Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Percussion. He has been timpanist with the Pottstown Symphony since 1993, and has also played with the Allentown Symphony and Reading Pops. He has been a freelance musician in the area for almost 20 years playing with several small ensembles, jazz groups, pit orchestras and rock bands. He has been teaching percussion privately since 1990. He has also done quite a bit of studio session work and presently plays in a local band called Black Rock.

 


Jeff Ormsby

Jeff has a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Temple University. He has performed as a percussionist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Percussion Ensemble, United Percussion, and the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also a performing member of the Outside Sound Ensemble, an educational program that implements art and music to work with students and adults with disabilities. Jeff is currently the Percussion Caption Head at Neshaminy High School, as well as percussion and drum teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

In 2014, Jeff joined the staff of the North Penn High School Percussion Ensemble. In the past, he has instructed the drum line at Upper Darby and Pennsbury high schools. Jeff has a WGI Percussion Independent Open Gold Medal with United Percussion and a WGI Percussion Scholastic Open Bronze Medal with Upper Darby High School. Jeff is a Grammy-nominated timpanist with the Temple University Orchestra, and he has recorded timpani with the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra on the Naxos label.

Jeff recently released his debut solo electronic EP under the name Duncan in October of 2013, and joined the Philadelphia-based hard rock band Palaceburn as the drummer. He also plays drums for Revolution, I Love You, an up and coming electronic power pop band originally from Wilmington, DE. In 2015, Jeff will be joining the instructional staff of Field of View, a percussion ensemble based out of West Chester, PA.


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