Josh Jennings is a sought after percussion artist, clinician and educator based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex where he currently performs and teaches all forms of music. Specializing in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, Polynesian, and Latin Jazz, Josh is continuously traveling abroad in an effort to further his international education and make new musical and cultural connections. Josh regularly visits Brazil, Japan, Tahiti, Taiwan and Thailand to study indigenous music with native musicians.
Josh Jennings currently holds a position as the percussion coordinator for the MacArthur HS cluster in Irving, TX. Before coming to Irving ISD, Josh served as Percussion Coordinator at Vandeventer MS in Frisco, TX. For a number of years, Josh was a consultant for the drumline and Brazilian ensembles at the University of Texas at Arlington as well as several percussion programs in the Metroplex.
Josh presents various educational clinics and has served as a guest percussion artist at schools and universities around the world. He has worked at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand, the University of North Texas, Western State College, Tennessee Tech University, the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and several public schools across the US. In addition to his US adjudications, Josh has also served as a clinician and judge for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thailand Drumline contests in Bangkok, Thailand. He has performed as a guest artist for the 60th and 61st Midwest Band and Orchestra Conferences in Chicago, IL as well as several Texas Music Educators Conventions in San Antonio and Percussive Arts Society international Conventions around the US.
Josh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree of Music Performance from the famed University of North Texas percussion program. During his time at UNT, Josh studied percussion with José Aponte, Christopher Deane, Ron Fink, Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Dr. Robert Schietroma, Ed Smith, Ed Soph, and Poovalur Sriji. At UNT, Josh toured and performed with a multitude of Percussion and Jazz ensembles. Most notably, Josh also spent three years with the UNT “A Line”; winning multiple Percussive Arts Society Drumline Championship titles. Josh began his music career in Flower Mound where he was a member of the Marcus High School percussion section where he received a number of honors and awards under the direction of Kennan Wylie; including three PASIC national championship titles and first place in the PAS individual keyboard competition. Josh also spent six years marching with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and received numerous accolades in the world of Drum Corps International. Josh was featured in the 25th Anniversary issue of Modern Drummer for receiving the highest individual percussion score in the DCI I&E competition.
When he’s not teaching in Irving, Josh can be found performing every kind of music imaginable either locally or internationally. For example, Josh was a percussion co-coordinator and performer for the NHL Dallas Stars 2006-2007 season. Josh served as designer and performer as an inaugural member of the Cutting Edge Drummers for the Cutting Edge Haunted House in Ft. Worth, TX in 2005 and 2006. As a world percussionist, Josh has performed with such artists as Bossa Tres in Chicago, IL; Sesame Flyers Steel Orchestra of Brooklyn, NY; Grooversity Brazilian group in Boston, MA; Cuatro em Cantos in Salvador, Brazil; the Papetoai Village music group of Moorea, Tahiti; and with the Genta/Nagaoka Brazilian Jazz group in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to performing with his own Brazilian Jazz group, Josh is an active member of the Dallas/Ft. Worth musical scene as an in-demand performer with Brasuka!, the Eymard Furtado Group, Nina Katrina, Te Toa Tahitian Drum Group, Sweet Steel, and the Grace Hula Dance company. He served as the international manager and key percussionist for the American new music group, FOUNDRY, featured at the 2012 International Drum Festival in Taiwan with Composer/Performer Andy Akiho. For the past 3 years, Josh has been a member of the Dallas-based Percussion group, D’Drum. They have performed the work “Gamelan D’Drum,” commisioned for the group by former Police drummer, Stewart Copeland, with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Symphony. In Fall of 2015, the group will present multiple performances of Gamelan D’Drum with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with PASIC.
Josh is an endorser for Cadeson drums, Contemporânea Brazilian instruments, and Pro-Mark sticks and sounds.