Peter Erskine and William Platt
Drumset artist Peter Erskine is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He has appeared on over 600 albums and film scores, won two Grammy Awards, and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music. Erskine has performed with a variety of artists and groups including the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, and John Scofield. He has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Royal Opera House, and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Erskine has been voted “Best Jazz Drummer of the Year” ten times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine. Films where his drumming can be heard include Memoirs of a Geisha and the title music of the Steven Spielberg/John Williams collaboration The Adventures of Tintin. Erskine produces jazz recordings for his record label, Fuzzy Music, and is an active author with several books to his credit. His publications include “No Beethoven: Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report,” “Time Awareness for All Musicians,” “Essential Drum Fills,” and “Everything I Know, A Work in Progress.” Currently, Erskine is Professor of Practice and Director of Drumset Studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.
William Platt is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of William G. Street. He is a former member of the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C. and the Rochester, NY and Richmond, VA Symphony Orchestras. He was the Principal Percussionist of the Cincinnati Symphony & Pops Orchestra from 1971 until his retirement in 2010. During his tenure in Cincinnati, he recorded well over 100 CDs, mainly on the Telarc label, and participated in several tours of the United States, Europe, Japan, China, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Canary Islands. He is a former faculty member of the Ohio University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Symphony and the Symphonic Committee of PAS. He also serves as Visiting Instructor at the University of Southern California.