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Van Romaine, Drums, Happiness

 

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Among New Jersey’s legendary drummers, there’s Bernard Purdie, Mighty Max Weinberg, Tico Torres and a few others, but one of the state’s current top talents has got to be Van Romaine. He’s been on a roll since making a name for himself with Blood, Sweat and Tears back in 1989.  He currently plays for Enrique Iglesias, Nena (99luftballoons), Steve Morse Band and many other acts.  Van has also played shows or recorded with acts like Joan Osborne, Dixie Dregs, Kansas, Bernie Worrell, Naughty by Nature and Billy Joel (subbing once for Liberty) among others.

Below is a bit of Q&A with Van and farther below is a link to his website, performances and a recent Modern Drummer interview.

1) how and when did you decide you were a drummer?
My father was a huge music and big band fan.  I watched the marching band practice on my street in Glen Ridge, NJ which had a lot to do with it. At age 6 Drums and music chose me which is the way I still see it.
2) do you ever get homesick on the road and if so what’s the best remedy?
Depends on how long, where, and the conditions of the tour I’m on. When I started touring in my early 20’s I only got home sick when it was for a long period of time. Now I get home sick instantly because I miss my kids who are 11 and 16, but it helps me to spend time doing things I don’t get to do much at home like sports, exercise and some sight seeing when I have the time. In the end the music is the real pay off for me so if I’m playing a lot with less down time that also helps. 
3) what’s your favorite country/city to visit?
Melbourne, Amsterdam, Capetown, London, Malta and Berlin are in my top ten.
4) who is your favorite musician/band?
 I’m a huge fan of so many – Miles Davis would top that list though.
5)  were either of your parents or siblings musicians and if so did they influence you?
neither professionally but both of them are and were incredibly musical. 
6) if you had a dinner party and could invite anyone (living) who would it be.
Obama, Neil Young, “Keef” Richards, Sting, Peter Gabriel
7) name a place you still haven’t visited that you’d like to
Brazil and China
8) if you couldn’t be a musician what would you have become?
a lawyer
9) where did you grow up?
I haven’t yet…..but was born and raised in Glen Ridge, NJ

link to modern drummer interview

link to Van’s website

99 Luftballoons live

other youtube performances

 

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Chamber Music Festival at CHS

String Quartets come to Columbia High School in April and May Chamber Music Series!

 

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Mara’s supports Musicians

 

Mara’s Steps Up!

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SOxSO – south by south orange

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South by South Orange (SOxSO) is coming soon.  A Creative Collision of arts, ideas and music on June 26, 27 and 28 with Seton Hall providing support and prominent participants. South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) will serve as a primary venue as well as Above, Ricalton’s and The Gaslight.

There will be 12 creative and interactive sessions, 15 musical performances, and more.  Stay tuned for more info!  link below

http://www.southbysouthorange.org

Warmth and Music at 106 Roland Av. South Orange

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Public Open House – Sunday, March 29,  1-4pm

106 Roland Ave.
South Orange, NJ

5 Beds and 2 Baths

$509,000

 

Mahogany front porch, HW floors, great flow from LR to DR to Family Room, updated, eat-in Kitchen w/granite/SSAppl, back patio set in verdant garden, sunny Family Room, Mud Room, 3 beds & bath on second floor, 2 beds & storage room on third floor. Finished basement with full bath.

 

For all the details on this Vintage Victorian Beauty, here’s the link

http://emailrpt.gsmls.com/public/show_public_report_rpt.do?report=clientfull&Id=100911481_501982

 

 

Montrose Music’s Paul Woodiel and Robin Zeh and ‘The Last Ship’

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Playing in Sting’s new broadway show, “The Last Ship” is only the latest sweet gig for South Orange resident, Paul Woodiel. He and his wife, Robin Zeh, who is also an extremely talented violinist have organized a series of highly attended House Concerts in South Orange.

Their next House Concert is this Sunday, November 23 at 4pm at 18 Kingman Rd. in South Orange. “La Lyre D’Orphee” features Stacey Shames on harp and Paul & Robin on violin.  The event is hosted by Jen and Jerry O’Leary.

They both have appeared in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Met, Madison Square Garden and many of NYC’s most prestigious venues performing with a wide stylistic variety of very talented groups, ensembles, Broadway shows and orchestras.

http://www.montrosemusic.org/Welcome.html

West Orange HS orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall

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Congratulations to West Orange HS Orchestra who will be performing at Carnegie Hall in November along with the Brazilian Youth Orchestra and Arlington HS Wind Ensemble.  Elena Peres will be conducting for West Orange.  The high level of musicianship of the Orchestra became more recognized after performances at Alice Tully and Avery Fisher.  Works by Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski, Breiner, Kreisler, and Billy Joel.

http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/11/28/0730/PM/Orquestra-Instituto-GPA/


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