Percussionist Paul McDermand will perform at 7 p.m., Friday, April 15 at the Payson High School auditorium. This is the seventh of eight performances in the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2010-2011 concert season.
Single tickets are $30 (if seating is available). Children and youth, grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. For more information, visit the association Web site at www.tccarim.org or call (928) 978-4363 or (928) 474-6115.
McDermand began his musical career as a freelance percussionist in the Chicago area. At the age of 19, he assumed the percussion duties on a popular theatrical production playing in one of Chicago’s downtown theaters. The show was called “The Music Man,” and its star was another teenager, David Copperfield.
In 1981, McDermand moved to the Phoenix area, lending his artistry to film scores, commercial jingles, symphonic productions and stage shows of every description. The list of big-name entertainers with whom McDermand has performed is vast: Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Liberace, the Temptations and the Moody Blues have all tapped his considerable talents.
In 1993, McDermand received an invitation from New York to join a revival tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ, Superstar,” featuring the stars of Norman Jewison’s 1973 motion picture. He accepted, anchoring the rhythm section during sold-out performances throughout the world’s finest theatrical venues.
Upon his return to Scottsdale, McDermand began to develop an assortment of instrumental arrangements built around the steel drums and marimba, resulting in numerous CD releases. These recordings are embraced the world over for their easy nature and exotic beauty. Popular pianist Roger Williams and country music legend Eddy Arnold have happily added them to their own musical libraries.
McDermand has, for 19 continuous years, proudly performed at the elegant Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, sharing the stage for 10 of those years with guitar virtuoso Esteban. With his rising demand as a concert artist, McDermand appears both as leader of his own group and as a guest soloist with the finest ensembles.
The Tonto Community Concert Association is committed to bringing quality entertainment to the Rim Country through an annual concert series and support of the fine arts in Payson schools. This series is intended as an enriching cultural experience for the people of Payson and those in surrounding communities.