Percussionist John DeMan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion from Montclair State University. He has taught percussion at Pequannock High School.
Ed Shea, born and raised in Philadelphia, has been playing professionally for the past 45 years. He recently completed a 2 1/2 year run of Newsies on Broadway and continues to sub on various shows, including Aladdin. Ed has worked with Johnny Mathis since 1969 and with Frank Sinatra Jr. for the past 20 years and continues performing with both on tour.
Mr. Shea was on staff of Philadelphia International Records where he worked for legendary producer Thom Bell and recorded for artists such as Deniece Williams, The Stylistics, The Temptations, Lou Rawls, Loretta Lynn, Teddy Pendergrass, Phyllis Hyman, James Ingram, Patti LaBelle, The Four Tops and The Spinners.
Mr. Shea headed to Atlantic City in 1979 to work with major acts including Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles, Andy Williams, Debbie Gibson, Petula Clark, Ray Charles, Shirley Bassey, Josh Grobin, and Michael Crawford. He moved to New York City in 1993 and has subbed for over 50 Broadway shows including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Grease, Annie Get Your Gun, and Cats. He has also toured the world with productions of Peter Pan, South Pacific, Chorus Line, Chicago and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Some of the venues where Mr. Shea has performed include Paper Mill Playhouse, Glimmerglass Opera with opera legend Deborah Voigt, Westbury Music Fair, and the Irish Repertory Theater in NYC. Mr. Shea has worked with top composers, orchestrators and arrangers in the theater world including Rachel Portman, Alan Menken, Larry Blank, Mark Hummel, Danny Troob, Steve Orich, Michael Dansicker, Torrie Zito and Larry Hochman. Mr. Shea has also been seen and heard in a number of movies, most recently TED, City Slickers, and The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.
Mr. Shea graduated with a Bachelors of Music degree in Education and Performance from the Philadelphia Music Academy studying with Nick D’Amico. Other teachers include Michael Bookspan, Ed Shaughnessy, David Charles, and Doug Allan.
Percussionist Michael Winnicki is a versatile performer and educator specializing in drum set and classical percussion instruments. He has performed with the Plainfield Symphony, Princeton Brass Band, and as a dance accompanist for the Mason Gross Dance Department. He has performed with Eddie Plamieri, Randy Brecker, Frank Lancy, Michael Mossman, and Craig Handy as part of the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble. He has performed at the Blue Note and recorded live at WBGO studios.