A Percussion Discussion — It's More Than Beating a Drum

Edward Shea, a star of percussion for more than 40 years, will again share his talent and knowledge at NJIT in a lecture and recital highlighting his virtuosity with snare drum, timpani and mallet percussion. He will be joined by Mary Babiarz on violin.

Shea and Babiarz will perform on Friday, October 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium.

Shea is a 1972 graduate of the Philadelphia Music Academy in percussion and music education. His stellar career includes playing for hit Broadway productions. His last two Broadway shows were the Disney musical Newsies and Holiday Inn at Studio 54. He is currently subbing on Aladdin, Cats and A Bronx Tale. Shea’s career also spans playing for national and international tours of shows that include Chicago, A Chorus Line and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and for performers who include Paul Anka and Debbie Reynolds. He has performed for numerous TV specials; recorded with the Four Tops, Temptations, Lou Rawls, Loretta Lynn, Eubie Blake and many other artists; and backed Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis as well as other stars in live performances.

Mary Babiarz is equally adept with violin, viola and piano. A member of the Paper Mill Playhouse Orchestra, Babiarz also performs with groups that include the Johnny Mathis Orchestra, the New Jersey State Opera Orchestra and the Choral Art Society of New Jersey. In addition to giving private lessons, she is a music teacher for Stepping Stones — a preschool in Livingston for children with Down syndrome and received the 2007 Volunteer of the Year Award given by the Arc of New Jersey, which advocates for citizens with developmental disabilities and their families.

NJIT welcomes attendees from all area colleges and universities.

Sponsors: NJIT Music Initiative, NJIT Technology and Society Forum, Theatre Arts and Technology Program, Rauch Family Foundation Charitable Trust Concert Series at NJIT, Sigma Xi NJIT Chapter.

For more information: Contact Jay Kappraff, jay.m.kappraff@njit.edu or 973-596-3490