?'Michael Hinton is musical poetry in motion. His depth of musical sensitivity is incomparable among percussionists worldwide. A real treasure.' Jonathan Rimberg
?His recent recordings include Japanese Drumming Group KODO Jewel and The Coors Pope Benedict tour 08. He is a lifelong Grateful Dead Family Member and has performed numerous shows with them. He was a member of Jefferson Airplane instead of his sophomore year of high school and before joining the San Francisco Symphony Ballet and Opera Orchestras prior to coming to New York to study at the Juilliard School. Michael attended the Juilliard School on percussion scholarship as a student of the renowned Saul Goodman where he received his Masters Degree in Music.
?Michael has since spent 27 continuous years performing on Broadway. Shows including 'Miss Saigon' 'Les Miserable?s' 'Dream Girls' 'West Side Story' 'Song and Dance' and 'On a Twentieth Century'. ' The Act' 'Singin in the Rain' 'Sweeny Todd' 'Nine' 'Tap Dance Kid' 'Man of La Mancha' 'Phantom of the Opera' 'Beauty and the Beast' 'South Pacific' 'There Playin? our Song' 'Three Penny Opera' Sunday in the Park with George and others. Mr. Hinton also primiered the Paris France production of West Side Story under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. He has been a member of The New York Symphonic Ensemble for twenty years and spent ten years as a member of Liza Minnelli's touring band in the 80's traveling throughout Europe Africa the Americas and South East Asia. He has also performed with Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra and numerous other artists. Michael has appeared in The Barnum-Bailey Circus Royal Ballet Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra Jeoffrey Ballet D?Oyly Carte Opera and as an orchestra member of The Royal Shakespeare Company.
?His favorite musical collaboration is his piano/xylophone-Percussion duo with his daughter Miyuki. And encouragement to his son Yoshi's song writing talents.
?Currently he is an Afro-Cuban music devotee and lifelong student towards the goal of becoming a rumbero. Regarding his years in Jewish Music Michael says ?I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in Simchas with Mordechai Ben David and Yossi Piamenta and Nafshenu. It enriches my musical life beyond measure.'
? Michael Hinton is the founder of Gradus ad Parnassum School of Music-New Jersey Drum School Inc. Recently Mr. Hinton along with colleagues Ben Herman and Charles Descarfino was selected to be drummer to Pope Benedict on his American Tour Including the appearance of Pope Benedict at Yankee Stadium in New York. (2008)
?'Michael Hinton embodies a life of drumming and percussion on a daily basis and is a constant source of inspiration.' ?Mickey Hart; curator to the music archives of The Smithsonian Institution and The Library of Congress; drummer for The Grateful Dead.
What We Do We teach amateurs to play with high standards. We prepare young professionals to be qualified for the best music schools in the world (both undergraduate and graduate level) and we take professionals to new levels towards life fullfillment in music. We also have fun. Lots of it.
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