Joshua Mark Samuels - Drummer/Percussionist/Arranger/Teacher

 Joshua is endorsed by 

Radio City NYC: 

Radio City NY Spectacular: June – August 2016: Drums.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Nov. – Dec. 2015: Timpanist (Perc. 2) as well as a sub for drums.

Radio City Spring Spectacular: March – April 2015: Sub percussion.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular:  Nov.–Dec. 2014:  Sub drum set, Sub Perc. 1, Sub Perc. 2. 

Heart and Lights: March 2014:  Percussionist. 

Radio City Christmas SpectacularOct.–Dec. 2013:  Percussionist. (Perc.2)


Anything Goes   March - Oct. 2013: First National Tour (Drums)

Jersey Boys   Nov. - Dec. 2012: Second National Tour (Drums)


On The Twentieth Century  March - July 2015: American Airlines Theatre. (Sub drums/Percussion/Mallets) 

Aladdin  April. 2014 – present: New Amsterdam Theatre. (Sub drums) 

Jersey Boys   Nov. 2012-present: August Wilson Theatre. (Sub drums)

Nice Work If You Can Get It   Nov. 2012-present: Imperial Theatre. (Sub drums)
Chaplin  Oct. 2012-present: Ethel Barrymore Theatre. (Sub drums/percussion)

Godspell  2012: The revival of Godspell at Circle In The Square.  (Sub drums)


Sister’s Follies  Sept. – Nov. 2015: Abrons Center. Directed by Basil Twist.  (Drums/Percussion)

Heathers  May – August 2014:  New World Stages (Sub drums)

Unlocked  June – July 2013:  The Duke on 42 Street.  Off-Broadway limited engagement presented by Prospect Theater.  Written by Carner and Gregor and directed by Marlo Hunter.  I worked closely with the writers and wrote and arranged the percussion/drum set book for this show.

Two By Two  February 2013: York Theatre.  Off-Broadway showcase.  Starring Jason Alexander and Tovah Feldshuh.  Directed by Martin Charnin (lyricist).  (Drums/Percussion/Mallets) 

The Last Word/Mardi Gras  February 2013: York Theatre.  Off-Broadway showcase.  Written by Mildred Kayden.  Directed by Bill Castellino. (Drums/Percussion/Mallets)

The Rescignos  September 2012: The American Theatre of Actors.  Off-Broadway showcase.  Written by Paul Rescignos, Robbie Rescignos, and Mike Hadge.  (Drums)

Hot Mess In Manhattan  August – September 2012: The American Theatre of Actors.  Off-Broadway showcase.  Book by Cait Doyle and Maggie Doyle.  (Drums, Percussion)

Triassic Parq July 2012: Soho Playhouse.  Off-Broadway showcase.  Book and lyrics by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz, and Steve Wargo.  Music by Marshall Pailet. (Sub drums and electronics)

Carrie   March 2012:  Carrie revival at the Lucille Lortel Theater. (Sub drums, Percussion)

Peter and I   October 2011:  The American Theatre of Actors.  Off-Broadway showcase.  Book and lyrics by Matte O’ Brien, Music by Matt Vinson.  (Drums, Percussion)

Altar Boyz   2009:  New World Stages (Sub drums).

The Marvelous Wonderettes  2009:  Westside Theatre (Sub drums, Percussion).  Given drum chair Oct. 2009 through closing.

Off-Off Broadway:

A Lasting Impression   August 2012:  Fourth St. Theatre.  A new musical by Zoe Sarnak.  Directed by Marlo Hunter.  (Drums)

Pool Boy  March 2012:  Provincetown Theater, NYU (Steinheardt).  Music and Lyrics by Niko Tskakalakos, Book and Lyrics by Janet Allard, Music Supervision by Brian Usifer, Directed by John Simpkins.  (Drums)
John and Jen   May 2010:  45th St. Theater.  For the Love Productions, one week run.  (Drums, Percussion)

Once on This Island   May 2010:  York Theater, concert production.  (Percussion)
The Trouble With Doug   June 2009:  Cap 21, three week run (Percussion, Drum Set) – Also on original cast album.  Composed by Will Aronson, lyrics by Daniel Mate.


Toast Jan. - Feb. 2016: Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP). A New Musical by Carner and Gregor. (Drums, Electronics) 

Up Here June 2015: La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego. By Robert and Kristen-Anderson Lopez. Rehearsal drummer. (Drums, Electronics) 

Song of Solomon Jan 19th, 2015: Wick Theatre, Boca Raton, FL. Created by Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen One night only – special engagement. (Drums) 

Sing For Your Shakespeare  May – June 2014:  Westport Country Playhouse.  Conceived by Wayne Barker, Mark Lamos, and Deborah Grace Winer.  (Drums, Percussion, Mallets).

The Wild Party (LaChiusa version)   April 2012:  Bucknell University.  (Drums, Percussion) 

Honk!   November 2011 – January 2012: Two River Theater Company.  (Drums, Percussion, Mallets)
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris   May 2011 – June 2011: Two River Theater Company.  (Drums, Percussion)
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown   Dec. 2009 – Jan. 2010: Two River Theater Company.  (Drums, Percussion, Mallets)

The Longing And The Short Of It   August 2009:  Barrington Stage Company.  Under the Direction of William Finn (Percussion, Drum Set)


New York Musical Theatre Festival (July 2015): “Single Wide” (Drums). Book and Additional Lyrics by George D. Nelson, Music and Lyrics by Jordan Kamalu. 

National Alliance for Musical Theatre/NAMT (Oct. 2010): “The Trouble With Doug” (Drums, Percussion).  Composed by Will Aronson, lyrics by Daniel Mate.

Fringe Festival at The Lucille Lortel Theater (August 2010 – extended to September): “Bunked! A New Musical” (Drum set, Percussion).  Composed by Bradford Proctor, Book and Lyrics by Alaina Kunin and Bradford Proctor.   Winner, Best Musical at Fringe Festival 2010.
New York Musical Theatre Festival (Oct. 2009): "Plagued" performed at TBG Arts Center (Percussion, Drum Set). Composed by Casey L. Filiaci, Book and Lyrics by Vynnie Meli.

New York Musical Theatre Festival (Oct. 2009): "My Scary Girl" performed at The Acorn Theater on Theatre Row; (Percussion, Drum Set). Composed by Will Aronson, Book and Lyrics by Kyoung Ae Kang. Winner of best musical at NYMF
2009.  Also on cast album.


NYU Seminar Oct. 28th 2014 and April 12th 2016:  MalletKat/drum Clinics.

Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers May 31st 2014: Guest percussionist.

NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar June 2014:  Guest percussionist.
Agoura Hill School  2013-2015 – Several Beyond the Gig seminars: Seminars and workshops designed to help students and professionals understand how to obtain and be successful in the music industry.  Focusing on promotion, networking, and other aspects of the business, participants get first hand experience into the inner workings of the music industry.

New York Work Experience and Selected Gigs:

52nd St. Project (Aug. and Nov. 2015): iTheatrics developmental workshop of “Rock of Ages” and “Heathers” to be licensed and distributed. (Drums) 

Song of Solomon at the Actor’s Temple, NYC (Nov. 17 2014):  Benefit concert of the new musical Song of Solomon, created by Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen. (Drums)

Exit 9 Percussion Ensemble (Nov. 2014 – Present):  Several percussion performance/education seminars for multiple school districts in the Tri-State area. (Drums/Mallets/Percussion)

Julliard Center for Innovation in the Arts (March 2014): Percussion for performances of Beyond the Machine 14.1 (“In C” by Terry Riley) at the Julliard School. (Percussion)
52 St. Project (August 2012): iTheatrics developmental workshop of “Shrek Jr.” to be licensed and distributed. (Drums, Percussion)
The Studio, A School For The Performing Arts, New Canaan, CT (February 2011 – Nov. 2012): Drum Instructor.  Teaching all levels and ages of students from beginner to advance.

Sheba Ensemble (August 2010 - 2013):  Guest percussionist.  Several concerts/performances at various venues in NYC, New York State, and Long Island. (Percussion)
The Patriot Brass Ensemble (August 2010 - Present): Several concerts, festivals, events and parades honoring veterans in New Jersey and the east coast (Marching Snare, Base Drum).
The Canal Room (December 12, 2010): “Jawbreaker The Musical” – Written by Thomson and Mann, Musical Direction by James Sampliner (Legally Blonde).  Directed by Darren Stein. (Drums)
Circle In The Square Theatre (June 2010): Circle in the Square Theatre School’s production of Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party” (Drums, Percussion)
Astoria Performing Arts Center (May 2010): “Children of Eden” - Fill in sub for last week of performances (Drums, Percussion)

Marymount Manhattan College (March 2010): “Bright Lights, Big City” Theatre Production Workshop, one week run (Drums, Percussion)

The Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center (Feb. 2010): Beck and May Concert (Drums)

Theatre Row (Oct. 2008): “Top 8 The Musical” at The Kirk (Drums)


Multiple recording sessions at Threshold Studios (2016): Brandon Sturiale album. (Drums, Percussion)

Multiple recording sessions at Astoria Art House Studio (2015): Multiple sessions, various artists. (Drums) 

Multiple recording sessions at Douglass Recording Studios BK (2015): Carner and Gregor recordings (demos), Sahin and Gregor recordings (demos) as well. (Drums) 

Multiple recording sessions at Lofish Studios/Yellow Dog Studios (2014):  The Calamari Sisters, Dan Lavender et al. (Drums, Percussion) 

Recording session at MSR studios NYC (March 12th, 2014): Heart and Lights commercial. (Timpani) 

Multiple recording sessions at Studio G Brooklyn/Lofish Studios (2013-2014): Carner and Gregor albums and demos.  Grind the movie (Starring Anthony Rapp), etc. (Drums)

Recording session at Vacation Island Studios (March 20, 2013): Robert Manganaro album.  (Drums)

Recording session at Lofish Studios (Oct. 7 2012): Cecelia Ticktin. (Drums)  

Recording sessions at Lofish Studios (Sept. and Oct. 2012): For a short film “The G” (Drums)

Recording session at THI Studios (April 19, 2012): Andres Quintero’s album and video session. (Drums, Percussion).
Multiple recording sessions at Lofish Studios (2011-2012): Carner and Gregor shows “Island Song” and “Unlocked.” (Drums, Percussion)

Recording session at Kilgore Sound with Jaron Vesely (March 2011): Debut album.  MD James Sampliner (Legally Blonde) and produced by Deborah Hurwitz (Jersey Boys).  (Drums, Percussion)
Recording sessions with Caroline Murphy (January, 2011): Caroline’s Debut Album.  Percussion (Djembe/shakers).

Recording sessions at Sheffield Studios, Phoenix, Maryland (January 13-16): 150 Years of Taps album with the Maryland Defense Force Band.  (Drums, Percussion)
Recording session at MSR Studios, NYC (January 11, 2011): Matt Doyle’s Album, Will Van Dyke MD. (Drums)

Recording session at Lofish Studios (December 14, 2010): Will Aronson album. (Drums)

Recording session at NOLA studios (November 1 – 3, 2010): Patriot Brass Ensemble Album. (Snare and Base Drum).

Other New York Experience (Sept. 2008 - Present):

Percussion/Drum Set, several cabarets, reviews, workshops, studio sessions; Venues: Highline Ballroom, Signature Theater (NYMF concert), Merkin Concert Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Canal Room, 54 Below, Skirball Center, Birdland, The Lucille Lortel Theater, The Hudson Theatre, 92Y Tribeca, The Julia Miles Theater, Port 41, The Metropolitan Room, The D-Lounge at the Daryl Roth Theatre, The Minskoff Theatre (Broadway for Africa), Barrington Stage (CT), The Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, The Cutting Room, Town Hall, The Palace Theatre (CT), The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Bitter End, Joe’s Pub, Sullivan Hall, 52 Street Project, Santos Party House, Paddy Reilly’s, The Duplex, The Drom, The Manhattan Center.

Composers I’ve worked with: Wayne Barker, Ryan Scott Oliver, Joe Iconis, Will Aronson, Daniel Mate (Larson Award Winner), Michael Mauler, Bobby Cronin, Will Van Dyke, Thomson and Mann (Larson Award Winners), Beck and May, Lincoln and Oppenheim, Carner and Gregor, Stephen Weiner, Sophie Jaff, Brett Macias, Caroline Murphy, David Allen Thornton, Pauline Pisano, Deborah Hurwitz, Joey Contreras, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Jeremy B. Cohen, Andres Quintero, Joshua H. Cohen, Alan Schmuckler, Willis White, Morgan Karr, Zina Goldrich, Chris Critelli, Selloane, Julia Meinwald, NYTB, Jeremiah James, and many others. 

Percussion Arranger for Thomson and Mann (Larson Award Winners), Beck and May, Carner and Gregor, Andrew Beall, and many others.

References and other information regarding experiences, gigs, orchestrations and arrangements are available upon request. 

Other Work Experience:

Celebrity Cruise Lines;
Member of the Celebrity Orchestra (M/V Century, Aug. - Oct. 2007; M/V Zenith, Dec. 2006 - Apr. 2007)
-Drummer for main show lounge; production shows, guest entertainers (sight reading), specialty acts, Jazz
-On my first ship, the M/V Zenith, I was promoted to Musical Director in charge of not only the Orchestra, but all the
musicians on board. I was the youngest Musical Director in the entire fleet.
Private Instructor (Mar. 2006 - Present)
-Teaching private lessons for Drum Set and Percussion, privately and with The Studio, New Canaan, CT and the
European School of Music, Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA

Abrams Artists Agency, Assistant, Voice Over Division (Aug. 2005 - Mar. 2006)
-Began at Abrams in the Mailroom
-I was promoted to the Voice Over Department to assist two agents, while being the main representative of the Voice
Over Department, answering phones, screening submissions/scripts, scheduling auditions, recording auditions, meeting
with clients.

Internship at Intuition Productions under the direction of Keri Selig (Winter, 2004) -Script Editor, Asst.

Before the Party Catering (Summer, 2004) – Caterer

“Thrio”” - Three piece Jazz group (2003-2004) - Drum kit (private parties, restaurants, special events)

USC Bing Theatre (2003-2004) - Crew

USC Thorton School of Music (2003-2004) - Music Operations/Facility Crew


BA from The University of Southern California (2001 - 2005)
-School of Cinema Television - Critical Studies
-Thorton School of Music - Percussion and Symphony/Wind Ensembles, Musical Studies

Agoura High School (1997 - 2001) - Percussion/Drum Set/Marching Snare and Tenors, Agoura High Marching Band, Jazz
Bands, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Choir (voice)

Private Drum Set/Percussion/Marimba lessons (1986 - Present)
-Teachers: Vera Daehlin (Marimba/Percussion), Bob Leatherbarrow (Drum Set), Dave Burns (Drum Set), Eric
Forrester (Marimba/Percussion) at USC

Other Special Experiences and Skills:

-Drummer/Percussionist in “The Purple Esquire,” “Ah-Cha,” “LA Latin” (2004 - 2008)
-Played Percussions/Drum Set for various projects/studio recordings (Artists at Interscope Records, Capitol Records), TV shows,
films, solo artists, and a musical that went to the finals at ASCAP (and won Chicago ASCAP) - (2002 - 2007)
-Drum Line, USC Marching Band - Tenor Drums (2001-2002)
-Principal Percussionist, New West Symphony (1999 - 2000)
-Percussionist, Los Angeles Philharmonic High School Honor Orchestra (1998 - 2000)
-Percussionist, Conejo Youth Orchestra (1997 - 1999)
-Percussionist, All State Honor Orchestra (1996)
-Principal Percussionist, Southern California Honor Orchestra (1995)
-Percussionist/Marimba, Southern California Percussion Ensemble (1995)
-Lead Singer, Children’s Music Group Dance and Jingle, various shows, music videos, recordings (1987 – 1991)