Banded Story:

I grew up in a musical household and began sitting in with my father's classic rock band at a very young age. I had the good fortune of attending Johnny Lee Lane's United States Percussion Camp (USPC) at Eastern Illinois University for 6 years beginning in 7th grade. That experience provided me with an opportunity to learn from some of the best teachers and performers in the world. Their commitment, encouragement, and kindness were a major influence on my decision to pursue percussion as a vocation. I still keep in touch with many of them.

Artist Bio:

Dr. Tony Artimisi is an Associate Professor of Music at Winston-Salem State University. He holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University, Tennessee State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is active nationally as a drummer/percussionist and recording engineer. Some of his notable accomplishments include contributions "Boss of My Body" for “Ruby’s World” which was nominated for an Emmy and airs on PBS, Netflix, and Amazon Prime, authoring “Rhythm Makers: The Drumming Legends of Nashville in Their Own Words,” a method book and series of duets entitled “The Caj√≥n Companion,” and numerous other musical works and journal articles.

Notable artists and producers for whom he has performed and recorded include Bobby Jones and the Nashville Super Choir, Jack Greene, Alison Brown, The Crabb Family, and Joe Pace. He has toured internationally, recorded major record label releases, and performed on numerous television programs on Black Entertainment Television, The Word Network, Trinity Broadcast Network, Country Music Television, et al. He regularly performs with the Winston-Salem and Greensboro symphonies.