Parker Down

Milan, NY United States

Callum at CBGB before they closed
Genres:Jazz - Swing/Big Band
Bio: Work/Education Experience

Professional Theatre/Touring
Pirates of Penzance: (Gilbert & Sullivan) 6 week national theater tour covering 35 states in theaters and civic centers with seating up to 3,000.
Carnival Cruise Lines: Orchestra drummer, Broadway-style shows and swing music performances. Backed up comedians and performers requiring learning a set in one rehearsal. Lots of sight reading.
Norwegian Cruise Lines: Orchestra drummer, Broadway-style shows and swing music performances.
Merrily We Roll Along: (Stephen Sondheim) 6 week run with East/West Players in Los Angeles, CA.

Big Band / Casuals
Art Deco, Bob Hardwick, Mike Carney: at the Union Club, Le Cirque, Doubles, etc. Set drums and conga for upscale clubs, weddings and other functions.

Jeff Jones Ensemble: Society music and Jazz standards. Performances featured all of the Sinatra classics and other standards at upscale clubs, weddings and other functions.

TV Appearances
Tony Danza Show, WB-TV, (NYC, 2005) Drumming for Ron Hawking/Sinatra Tribute
Ricki Lake, WB-TV, (NYC, 2003) Hired to play rim shots on comedy episode
Buffy the Vampire Slayer FOX -TV, (LA, 1998) Drummer for Seth Green's "Garage Band"
Beverly Hills 90210 FOX -TV, (LA, 1997) Marching band, Peach Pit
Step By Step (w/Debbie Gibson) FOX-TV, (LA, 1997)
Melrose Place FOX-TV, (LA, 1997) Final episode X-Files FOX-TV, (LA, 1996)

Rock
Tri-State Conspiracy Ska-Swing band currently playing clubs, including the Knitting Factory in NYC. Album Release October, 21, 2005 "High Strung Mess" (2003-present)
Screaming Mad George/The Mad: Toured Japan 6 times, opened for GWAR, Marilyn Manson, L-7. (1996-2000)
Danny Dean & The Homewreckers: Toured with this Rockabilly band nationally with Neville Staples (Specials) & Dave Wakeling (English Beat). (1988-2000)
The Stimulators: Punk Rock group played at CBGB's, My Father's Place, and Max's Kansas City. (1983-1985)

Arrangements and Copyist
Parker Down Solo Project Composed arrangements from old sheet music found at yard sales, on E-Bay and inherited from Grandfather, who had his own swing band in Scotland during the 1920's & '30's. (1999)

Teaching
Teach standard drumming techniques in Hollywood CA, and NY (Private lessons, 1995 to present)

Education
Private Instruction with:
Joe Cusatis (Modern Drum Shop), Chet Baker, Marian McPartland, Peter Nero (2005-present)
Jeff Hamilton, Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl house band. (1998)
Chuck Flores, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, (1991-1999)
Ed Shaughnessy, The Tonight Show Band, New York City (1992)
Joe Zaweirucha (He taught Lars from Metallica, and many others.) (1989-1995)
"Music Certificate" Los Angeles City College Musician's Institute, Hollywood, CA. (1993)
Stella Adler School of Acting, Los Angeles, CA (2000)

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