Percussion

Porter Eidam, III

Porter has degrees in Percussion performance and Secondary Instrumental Music Education from Michigan State University.  Being from a musical family, he has been performing as a freelance musician since his teens.  He was timpanist and pops set-drummer for the Pottstown Symphony in Pennsylvania, and held positions with the Midland and Jackson Symphonies in Michigan.  He has nearly 3 decades of experience teaching percussion and has been with CMS since 2010.  He is the percussion editor for JW Pepper & Sons in Exton, PA and digital engraver for Wingert-Jones Publications, also in Exton.  He is also a published composer/arranger and plays in a local rock band called Just For Kicks.

 


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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