WHIT HAND IT OVER
Paul Pinon is a freelance drumset player, percussionist and music educator based in Austin, Texas. He has performed and/or recorded with The Oysters, Whit, Rival Waves, Victoria Celestine, Cari Q, Clint Manning, The Buddy System, The Rewinders, Dreamboat, The Irish Exit, Born Again Virgins, Chris Strand and the Sinners, Interrobang Brass Band, Scott Zuniga, Ultraviolet, Via Mangata, B.R. Lively, and others.
Paul offers private lessons through his own studio, virtual lessons through Skype, and is on faculty for drum set instruction at Northwest School of Music and at The Musician's Woodshed. “I hope to give my students the skills they need to be successful musicians while playing the music they are inspired from. If my students are just picking up an instrument for the first time or are preparing for college auditions and pursuing music as a career, I aim to help them develop a wide skill set building on fundamentals, technique, in depth listening and analysis, transcription of music, competency in a variety of musical styles, knowledge of important drummers, and confidence in their own playing.”
Paul serves on the City of Austin Music Commission for District 6, advising city council and staff on music development issues. The advisory duties include: studying the development of the music industry, assisting in the implementation of programs to meet the needs created by the development of the industry; and reviewing matters that may affect the music industry in Austin.
Born and raised in El Paso, Paul moved from the West Texas desert to Austin to pursue a career in music and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. There he studied performance and composition with Wayne Salzmann II, John Fremgen, John Mills, Tony Edwards, Steven Slawek, Gourisankar Karmakar and Russell Pinkston's Electronic Music Studio.