Catch The Beat April 15


Percussionist Paul McDermand will perform in concert at 7 p.m., Friday, April 15 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The performance is the next to last for the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2010-2011 season.


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Percussionist Paul McDermand will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

McDermand began his musical career as a free-lance 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. McDermand 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.

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.

Single tickets, if available are $30 per person and will be sold at the door 30 minutes before the concert.

At this April 15 concert, preview information on the 2011-2012 TCCA season is scheduled to be available, along with season subscriptions.

“The association brings world-class performers from around the globe to Payson,” said TCCA president Marilyn Wolfe.

“We also work to bring in artists who are not just exceptional musicians, but those who give the audience a complete musical experience. Many of the performers also enjoy meeting with attendees after the show, answering questions and signing autographs.”

As a special service to the youth of the community, the TCCA works with several of the artists to host special outreach performances just for Payson area students.

The Tonto Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization that brings high quality concerts to Rim Country at an affordable price. The all-volunteer board also supports other performing arts activities in the region. The concerts feature artists of national and international reputation and are held at the Payson High School Auditorium.

For subscriptions or other information, call (928) 478-4363 or go online to

The final concert of the 2010-2011 season will be with Dallas Brass at 7 p.m., Friday, May 13

Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges. The Dallas Brass’ repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, Swing, Broadway, Hollywood and Patriotic music. According to Mr. Levine, “A Dallas Brass concert is intended for the entire family. Our ideal audience has a range in ages from 5 to 95. Our goal is to entertain and enrich by playing great music, while showing our audience how much we enjoy what we do.”

The Dallas Brass performance is made possible with assistance from the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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