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"…Percussion master and musical polymath…"—Boston Phoenix

"…Brian's not just a great musician; he's also a first-rate composer."—Huffington Post

Concert Calendar

My various bands and ensembles...

Wed, 6/12/24 @ 2:00 PM Drums and percussion for the 60th anniversary……more Beverly, MA
Wed, 6/12/24 @ 7:30 PM Drums and percussion for the 60th anniversary……more Beverly, MA
Thu, 6/13/24 @ 7:30 PM Drums and percussion for the 60th anniversary……more Beverly, MA
Fri, 6/14/24 @ 8:00 PM Drums and percussion for the 60th anniversary……more Beverly, MA
Sat, 6/15/24 @ 2:00 PM Drums and percussion for the 60th anniversary……more Beverly, MA
Sat, 6/15/24 @ 8:00 PM Drums and percussion for the 60th anniversary……more Beverly, MA
Sun, 6/16/24 @ 2:00 PM Drums and percussion for the 60th anniversary……more Beverly, MA
Thu, 7/4/24 @ 7:30 PM July 4th Pops with the Fenway Quintet (brass……more Newport, RI
Thu, 7/25/24 @ 7:00 PM Section percussion with New Hampshire Music……more Plymouth, NH
Fri, 7/26/24 @ 7:00 PM Section percussion with New Hampshire Music……more New London, NH
Thu, 3/20/25 @ 7:00 PM Ishna, my contemporary Irish ensemble, playe……more

Complete show calendar

About Brian

Brian O’Neill is a versatile multi-percussionist, drummer and composer based in Boston who has performed at The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall among others. A “percussion master and musical polymath” (Boston Phoenix), Brian performs regularly in a wide variety of musical contexts including jazz, classical, world music, and theatre. In addition to freelancing, he leads Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, which performs original global jazz and chamber music as well as the lost music of Esquivel (“deliciously entertaining”—Wall Street Journal). Brian also performs with North Shore Music Theatre, Portland Symphony, Albany Symphony, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He has also played percussion for internationally known artists including The Who, Donna Summer, and the US tours of Ain't Too Proud, Motown the Musical and Anastasia. He is also a member of the klezmer balkan group, Klezwoods and plays bodhran, frame drums, and cajon in the contemporary Irish group, Ishna. Follow Brian at crashandboom.com or on Twitter/Instagram (@orchestrotica).

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