Paul Deatherage

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Paul Deatherage is the Instructor of Drum Set at the University of Kentucky. He is an active performer and educator in the central Kentucky area. He specializes in jazz drum set but is also an experienced performer and teacher of concert, marching, and world percussion.

BMME: Tennessee Technological University (2005)
MM: University of Kentucky (2009)

Paul attended Tennessee Technological University, where he studied with Joseph Rasmussen and Eric Willie, completing his bachelor’s degree in Music Education in December 2005. While living in Cookeville he also studied with Bill Bachman. Paul moved to Lexington in 2007 to study with James B. Campbell and John Willmarth, while pursuing his master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Kentucky. He completed his M.M. in May, 2009.

Paul leads a varied teaching career, working with students at middle school, high school and college levels. Paul is the Instructor of Drum Set at the University of Kentucky as well as the Visiting Instructor of Percussion at Centre College. He is on percussion staff at Lafayette High School Band, a 21-time marching band state champion. He also maintains a private teaching studio in Lexington.

Paul has a very active career as a freelance musician. He currently holds the drum set chair for the DiMartino / Osland Jazz Orchestra, the Osland / Dailey Jazztet, the Raleigh Dailey Trio, the Ross Whitaker Trio, the Walnut Street Ramblers, and Sound Foundry jazz quartet.

Over the years Paul has had opportunities to share the stage with such noted artists as Joe Lovano, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Coffin, Doc Severinsen, Bob Mintzer, Allen Vizzutti, Arlo Guthrie, Jens Lindemann, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Howard Levy, Jim Snidero, Zach Brock, Mario Pavone, Dave Ballou, Denis DiBlasio, Jon Jang, Greg Abate, Roberto Sion, Ellen Rowe, Al Hood, Ron McCurdy, Vince Dimartino, Dan Moore, Miles Osland, and Raleigh Dailey.

Created 07/15/2021
Last Updated 12/02/2021