Shawn Pelton, From Warrensburg, MO
SNL Percussionist Shawn Pelton Returns to UCM
Contact: Mike GreifeWARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 29, 2014)- The Department of Music and the Performing Arts Series at the University of Central Missouri present Saturday Night Live! drummer Shawn Pelton in Live from New York …It’s Shawn Pelton! at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in Hendricks Hall. Joining Pelton on the Hendricks Hall stage will be the UCM Jazz Ensemble.
Pelton joined the Saturday Night Live band in 1992 and has been regularly appearing as the drummer on Daryl Hall's internet concert series Live from Daryl’s House, as well as numerous performances at the Kennedy Center, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He toured internationally with fellow Missouri native Sheryl Crow in 2003 and spent several summers in the global band backing Luciano Pavarotti with such stars as Eric Clapton, James Brown, Liza Minnelli, Lou Reed, Bono and many more. Pelton also serves periodically as the substitute drummer in the CBS Orchestra on The Late Show with David Letterman. His film score work includes Armageddon, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, New Year’s Day, Sex in the City 2, Hitch, Maid in Manhattan, The Pink Panther 2, Begin Again and numerous national television commercials.
“I am thrilled to have a chance to come back to visit Warrensburg and play at Hendricks Hall,” Pelton said. “One of the most influential nights of growing up here was getting to see Duke Ellington play in that room back in 1974, two months before he passed away. It was one of the most amazing nights of music...I’ll never forget it.”
For additional information, contact the UCM Department of Music at 660-543-4530. This event is made possible with support from the Missouri Arts Council.
|Shawn Pelton, famous drummer, from Warrensburg, Missouri |
Drummer / percussionist, Shawn Pelton, has fashioned a solid reputation for himself as one of the music industry’s top session players. Based in New York City, the LP artist has been the drummer for the Saturday Night Live Band since 1992, making him the show’s longest serving drummer to date.
Shawn studied with Kenny Aronoff in Indiana and moved to New York during the 1980’s to be in John Eddie’s band. He has recorded with Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Osborne, Southside Johnny, Celine Dion, Bruce Hornsby and Roseanne Cash, as well as numerous other notable artists. Shawn has appeared on a number of Grammy-winning recordings, including Shawn Colvin’s "A Few Small Repairs". Currently, he can be seen touring with Sheryl Crow
Shawn Pelton is one of the most talented and in demand drummers on the New York session scene. Shawn has been the Saturday Night Live Band drummer since 1992, longer than any other player. Every week he proves his capabilities as a live player and sideman by covering a wide range of music and backing visiting performers.
Shawn studied with Kenny Aronoff for seven years and attended Indiana University where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree and a Performer's Certificate in Jazz Studies.
As a first call session player in New York City, his resume reads like a "who's who" of the music industry, including: Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, House of Diablo, Edie Brickell, The Brecker Brothers, Buddy Guy, Joan Osborne, Hall & Oates, Peter Wolf, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Patty Larkin, Kim Richey, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Luciano Pavarotti, Spice Girls, Loudon Wainwright, Peter Frampton, Robert Palmer, Bruce Hornsby, Adam Sandler and Vanessa Williams. Shawn has also subbed on both the David Letterman and Conan O'Brien shows.
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