Faculty

DEAN WITTEN, Director of Percussion Studies

Email: witten@rowan.edu
Phone Number: 856-256-4500, extension 3546

Dean Witten

Dean Witten has been Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey since 1979. He has given the world premier performances of more than forty works for percussion. Presently freelancing in New York City, Mr. Witten has been principal percussionist of Lincoln Center�s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, New York Chamber Orchestra, NY Virtuosi, New York Pops, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Guild and many Broadway theater orchestras. As a performer on Baroque timpani, he has recorded the Haydn Creation with the Pro Artis Ensemble, a New York ensemble specializing in the use of period instruments. Dean has been a member of the percussion sections of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony and the Opera Companies of Philadelphia and Boston. As a Yamaha clinician, he has been invited to perform at two Percussive Arts Society Conventions. In 1990, Dean hosted the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Philadelphia and served four years on the Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors.

He toured the world as a member of Frank Sinatra’s Orchestra for almost eight years and has performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Buddy Rich Band and the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. He has been heard in the Broadway pit orchestras of Porgy and Bess, Les Miserables, Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme, A Catered Affair, Sweet Charity, Sunset Boulevard, Jekyll and Hyde, Beauty and the Beast, The King and I , Cyrano the Musical, The Secret Garden, Oklahoma, Tommy, Promises Promises, Dracula the Musical, City of Angels, An Inspector Calls, The Drowsy Chaperone, Blood Brothers, and Grand Hotel.

You can hear Dean on recordings by Frank Sinatra (Duets II, Frank and Sammy Birthday Bash at Bally’s, Sinatra 80th Live in Concert),Frank Sinatra Jr. (As I Remember It), Harry Connick Jr.(We Are in Love), Celine Dion (These Are Special Times), Denis DiBlasio (Rhino), Betty Buckley (Sunset Boulevard), Linda Eder and others, as well as on the movie soundtracks to Femme Fatale (w/Antonio Banderas), Lucky Numbers (w/John Travolta), Snake Eyes (w/Nicholas Cage) and The Godfather 3.

Mr. Witten was a member of the staff orchestras at Resorts International, Tropicana and Sands Hotel Casinos in Atlantic City where he performed with Peter Allen, Paul Anka, Susan Anton, Frankie Avalon, Burt Bacharach, Charlie Callas, Diahann Carroll, Perry Como, Petula Clark, Rosemary Clooney, Bill Conti, Vic Damone, Sammy Davis Jr., Dom Deluise, Jose Feliciano, Fifth Dimension, Aretha Franklin, Mitzi Gaynor, Robert Goulet, Joel Grey, Joey Heatherton, Clint Holmes, Lena Horne, Englebert Humperdink, Lanie Kazan, Carol Lawrence, Jerry Lewis, Liberace, Gloria Loring, Patti Lupone, Rich Little, Melissa Manchester, Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, Maureen McGovern, Liza Minelli, Anthony Newley, Wayne Newton, Tony Orlando, Patti Page, Lou Rawls, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Neal Sedaka, Frank Sintara, Steve and Edye, Keely Smith, Connie Stevens, Leslie Ughamms, Ben Vereen, Dionne Warwick, Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra, Paul Williams and others.

He can also be heard on nationally broadcast television commercials for Smith Barney, Right Guard, Visa, the U.S. Postal Service and NBC Nightly News. Dean Witten performs exclusively on Yamaha Percussion Instruments and Zildjian Cymbals with Mike Balter Mallets and Pro-Mark Drumsticks.

JIM MILLER, Professor – Jazz Drums

Email: millerj@rowan.edu
Phone Number: 856-256-4500, extension 3769
Home Page: www.dreamboxmedia.com/miller.htm; www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=1344; (also Facebook and YouTube pages)

Jim Miller

JIM MILLER P.O. Box 8132, Philadelphia, PA 19101 Phone: (267) 250-8506 e-mail: mail@dreamboxmedia.com website: http://www.dreamboxmedia.com PROFILE: Education – Born in the Midwest; Snare drum lessons with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra percussionist; studied informally with J.C. Heard, John Von Ohlen, Ed Shaughnessy, and Alan Dawson. Began playing professionally in 1970 through a stylistic variety of original-material bands; moved to the East Coast in 1977. Experience- Co-founder of REVERIE, with performances at festivals, clubs, and colleges from New England to Florida, and leader of his own “MILLER TIME.” As a sideman, concert appearances and recordings with: Ira Sullivan / Johnny Coles / Larry Coryell / John Blake / Al Grey / Don Alias / Cecil Bridgewater / Steve Giordano / Victor Bailey / Anita O’Day / Frank Tiberi / Jef Lee Johnson / Steve Rudolph / Alex Foster / Bootsie Barnes / Sid Simmons / Onaje Alan Gumbs / “Doc” Gibbs / Reggie Workman / Uri Caine / Rebecca Parris / Mark Murphy / Ben Schachter / Tony Williams / Jeff Jarvis / Evelyn Simms / Eddie Green / Ron Thomas / Larry McKenna / Lynn Seaton / Bob Kindred / Gordon Brisker / Richie Cole / Charles Fambrough / Randy Brecker / Vanessa Rubin / Houston Person / Bob Mintzer / Buddy DeFranco / Clark Terry / James Moody / John Simon / Ted Rosenthal / Ray Mantilla / Joe Ford / Jean Carn / Dave Stryker / Dave Leonhardt / Eddie Gomez / Mark Kramer / Dave Liebman / Slide Hampton / Randy Johnston / Bobby Zankel / Michael Pedecin, Jr. / Clifford Adams / Steve Marcus (and many others); Workshops and clinics, international (B.V. Islands, W. Indies, Mexico, Europe), much session work (studio/radio/TV). AFFILIATIONS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Administrator of ElectroJazz Music (BMI, 1980); founded ENCOUNTER RECORDS in 1986 and DREAMBOX MEDIA in 1995, resulting in Philadelphia Magazine’s choice award for 1999 Best of Philly? Jazz Record Label; Produced Evelyn Simms’ “On My Own,” awarded BEST JAZZ RECORDING OF 1989 by the Philadelphia Music Foundation; currently working and recording with Tyrone Brown (former bassist for Max Roach), the Jim Ridl Trio, the Tom Lawton Quintet, “MONKadelphia” and the Denis DiBlasio Quartet / Quintet; two trips to Europe w/ pianist BRIAN TRAINOR; Adjunct Professor for Advanced Study of DrumSet on Jazz Faculty at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.; Active Member American Federation of Teachers, Local 2373, Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Project, and JazzBridge.org advisory boards. DREAMBOX MEDIA (formerly Encounter Records) is an independent musicians’ co-op dedicated to promoting the rich tradition of distinctively original and creative Philadelphia jazz artists performing a wide range of jazz styles. Since Philadelphia Jazz has a rich tradition of breeding distinctively original and creative artists, Dreambox Media aims to supplement and provide an alternative to the mass market-driven policy decisions made by other record labels. Releasing works by under-recorded veterans and deserving newcomers, Dreambox Media enables these recordings to reach a wider audience through its own website, NorthCountry Distributors, amazon.com, and other outlets. Dreambox artists have played major jazz festivals and clubs all over the world, and have conducted local community workshops for students of all ages in the spirit of spreading the message of America’s uniquely indigenous artform, a truly democratic music. In early 2007, Dreambox Media / Encounter Records celebrated its twentieth anniversary, coinciding with its one hundredth release.

Publications:

Contributing writer for JazzTimes Magazine; one book, “A Brief History of Time-Keeping: from Baby Dodds to Jack DeJohnette” (unpublished); contributing writer for The African American National Biography, a joint project of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Oxford University Press, published in January 2008.

ANTHONY C. ORLANDO, Artist Faculty in-Residence

A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Anthony Orlando joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1972.  Prior to his appointment, he was principal percussion and/or timpanist with the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Orchestra, and the Greater Trenton Symphony.

An active recitalist, Mr. Orlando often performs ragtime xylophone and contemporary music for marimba and solo percussion.  He has appeared with the Penn Contemporary Players performing works by such composers as George Rochberg and Richard Wernick, and he currently performs with the Network for New Music.  Composers who have written pieces for Mr. Orlando include Theodore Antoniou, Robert Capanna, Jan Krzywicki, Peter Nocella, Jay Riese, and Andrew Rudin.

Mr. Orlando played drums in a rock band before studying percussion at the Philadelphia Music Academy with Michael Bookspan, former principal percussion of The Philadelphia Orchestra.  Mr. Orlando was an associate fellow at Tanglewood in 1968 and later continued his studies with Fred Hinger.

Mr. Orlando was a faculty member of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and the New School of Music for a number of years and now teaches privately.  He has given clinics in orchestral percussion at most area universities, as well as at the Oberlin Percussion Institute and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, among others.

In his free time, Mr. Orlando enjoys skiing and road biking.  He resides with his wife in Gloucester City, New Jersey.  They have four children.


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