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Derek Munson

Aaron English Band/Frazer Wambeke Trio — Visit Derek's website

About

A standout musician in the Pacific Northwest music scene, Derek Munson has established himself as a drummer without musical bounds. Equally adept at playing all styles – from metal to jazz, country to R&B – Derek has had more than 25 years of performing experience in a wide range of musical applications, including professional symphonies, theater pit orchestras, drum and bugle corps, big bands, jazz trios, progressive rock bands, percussion ensembles, and more. Known primarily as a jazz player, Derek has performed alongside many of today’s jazz greats, including Paquito D’Rivera, Bobby Shew, Wayne Bergeron, Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, John Fedchock, and more. More recently, he’s played sold out shows with Petula Clark, Marie Osmond, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. Having taken lessons with a number of well-respected players from across the musical spectrum - including Alex Acuna, Jeff Hamilton, Ari Hoenig, and fellow Aquarian endorser Mike Johnston – has given him the knowledge and inspiration to make his own unique mark on the music world. Derek has extensive touring, studio, and live performance experience, having done several national tours with Seattle-based singer/songwriter Aaron English (www.aaronenglish.com), as well as Denver rock powerhouse Xiren (www.xiren.net). Regionally, he can be found playing as a sideman for Northwest groups like the Groovin’ Higher Jazz Orchestra (Seattle/Tacoma) and Wayman Chapman Band (Yakima). While at home, he performs with his group, The Frazer Wambeke Trio (www.thefw3.com), as well as the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra.
Derek is an endorser for Genesis Drums, Soultone Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads, and Impact Cases. See more online at www.derekmunson.com, or find Derek on YouTube: www.youtube.com/drumology2001

Discography

  • “The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon” by Aaron English (2007)
  • “Both Sides” by Freeform (2009)
  • “Breakthrough” by CBC Jazz Ensemble (2009)
  • "Seasons" by The Frazer Wambeke Trio (2011)

Drumhead Setup

Snare - Focus-X on top, Classic Clear Snare Side on bottom
Toms - Coated Super 2 on top, Classic Clears on bottom
Bass Drum - Super Kick I or II on batter, Regulator resonant

Artist Media

"The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon"

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"Thin Ice"

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"Tri-Bop"

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"S.E.I.(Missing Letters)"

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"All They Need Is Love"

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"I Miss You"

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"Platt Opus"
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