Ken Schleifer - Drummer | Dagsboro, Delaware(no reviews)
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Ken Schleifer is a well-seasoned drummer/percussionist/vocalist who reads music and drum/percussion charts very well, and is experienced and extremely proficient at playing all aspects and styles of percussion instruments including jazz, classic and modern R&B, classic and modern rock, blues, pop, latin, reggae/Caribbean on drum set, orchestral percussion including tympani and mallets, hand drums including congas, bongos, djembe, dumbek, cajon, and many other ethnic percussion instruments. Ken is also a lead and background harmony singer with over 40 years of performing/singing experience wit
... h many pit orchestras, jazz, rock, pop, R&B, blues, and latin bands and organizations. Ken is an extremely competent, experienced, and well-seasoned professional musician who is ready to add his knowledge, experience, and tasty playing to your band, project, or organization.
Ken Schleifer is a recently retired public school instrumental music teacher with 38 years of band director experience from elementary through high school for multiple school districts in Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Delaware, but has always been a professional drummer/percussionist throughout his teaching career with experience in performing as a drummer/percussionist for/with pit orchestras for corporate shows and musical theater productions, jazz trios, quartets, and full big bands, pop/rock, R&B, and blues groups, hand bell choirs, community concert bands, choirs, and orches
... tras, touring show bands, and latino groups performing salsa, merengue, reggae, as well as pre-Columbian Andean music.
From starting out playing polkas at 10 years old in Pitttsburgh, to performing with Sammy Davis, Jr, Ben Vereen, Sister Sledge, Freddy Fender, Tammy Wynett, and many other professional entertainers in supper clubs and on tour, Ken has refined his drumming and singing skills to become a consummate professional drummer/percussionist and musician.
After performing for over 20 years with the Dover, Delaware based power band, Giant Steps, Ken is presently the in-residence percussionist for The Capital Ringers (http://www.capitalringers.org), percussionist for the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus (http://www.camprehoboth.com/camp-center/programs/camp-rehoboth-chorus), drummer and vocalist for the touring tribute band OH BOY! A Tribute to Buddy Holly (www.ohboybuddytribute.com), and drummer vocalist with the Rehoboth Beach, DE based jazz trio 5th Avenue (http://www.5thavenuejazz.com)
Ken has been playing drums and singing professionally since he was 8 ... years old, and has loved sharing the joy of making music with children and young adults as a private and public school teacher for the past 38 years while maintaining his passion of playing drums/percussion and singing as his side gig, but after recently retiring from the public school teaching profession, is now ready to make his passion for performing music his main gig!
Ken has been in the AFM local unions in Pittsburgh, PA, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA working with many professional musical organizations and booking agencies including the Morgan Baer/Gene Donati Agency in Washington, D.C. where he has had the opportunity to perform with many of our nation's greatest military musicians at major Congressional and professional corporate and private events all around the D.C. Metro area.
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