Joshua Mark Samuels - Drummer/Percussionist/Arranger/Teacher

Here is a picture from the drum booth at Godspell:

Check out this Phil Collins tune from an album I recently recorded with Jaron Vesely:

Dance Into The Light
Jaron Vesely Album
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Check out the rest of Jaron's album, "Coming to My Senses" on Itunes!

Also check out Matt Doyle's debut album, "Daylight" where I laid down some tracks, also on Itunes!

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Joshua Samuels Drumming!
Sound check at a recording session in Maryland.

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Baraka May - Get Over Her by Jordan Beck and Jonathan May
Baraka May sings "Get Over Her" by Jordan Beck and Jonathan May, with backup vocals by Mazie Wilson. Jonathan is on piano, Allison Seidner is on cello and Joshua Samuels on drums. This was the fin...


Check out these videos from a concert of "Jawbreaker! The Musical"
Music by Jeff Thomson and Jordan Mann! 

James Sampliner MD
Micah Burgess Guitar
Joe Wallace Bass
Joshua Mark Samuels Drums

Some tunes from projects I've played on:

The Trouble With Doug
Feel Better
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Composed by Will Aronson and Daniel Mate.  This song is off the original cast recording.

In Due Time
Bluegrass Winter
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A tune from Aaron Rosenberg's album.

Ah-Cha, Live
YEM (Cover)
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This is the end section of the song, the jam section.  One of my favorites my LA band, Ah-Cha, used to play.  We loved covering Phish.  This was recorded at our CD release show. 

If you know me, you are aware that I am obsessed with drum/percussion set-ups.  If you don't know me, well, now you know.

Here are some pictures of some of my favorite set-ups I've played:

Two River Theater Company, Red Bank, NJ

"Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris"
Two River Theater Company, Red Bank, NJ.

"You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"
Two River Theater Company, Red Bank, NJ.
This set-up was really exciting; always running back and forth from the drum kit to the vibes or glockenspiel.  What was especially fun was playing the glockenspiel and drum kit at the same time.

What was also cool about this particular production was that the band "appeared" above and upstage, in a box, as pictured here.  Sometimes we would not be seen, and then all of a sudden we would appear out of nowhere above the stage.

Andrew Lippa's "The Wild Party"
Circle In the Square, NYC
This theater is so open and vibrant I really had to muffle my toms.  See how the wind chimes are behind where I sit?  I would love to one day have a set-up that is completely circular - someone take out those chairs and let Josh bring in some timpani!

"The Marvelous Wonderettes"
Westside Theatre, NYC
Ah, the V-drums.  This was an interesting set-up because the drums were plugged into the sound system, and they miked the cymbals and extra percussion. Normally, as when I was subbing at Altar Boyz, an electronic drum-kit has cymbal pads as well.  One whole electronic kit.  So, needless to say, playing on a V-drum kit with live cymbals was a very different experience than one would be used to.

"Once on This Island"
York Theatre, NYC
This show is absolutely incredible.  The percussion set-up, just as awesome.  Congas and Bongos galore in this Caribbean musical.

I tried to use many different shakers and rattles for the texture of the piece.  And yes, there is a cowbell foot pedal!

Pictures from various recording sessions:

                            NOLA Studios, NYC                                      

Lofish Studios, NYC

THI Studios, Brooklyn, NY

MSR Studios, NYC

Kilgore Sound and Recording, NYC

Sheffield Studios, Phoenix, Maryland