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Paul Ormandy

Sousatzka, Lion King, The Producers, Lord of the Rings, Canadian premiere productions
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Paul Ormandy has led a thirty-five year journey of performance throughout North America, Europe, Japan, and the Caribbean. His percussive experience spans a broad variety of settings: symphony and opera orchestras; jazz, R & B, and Country music; Afro-Cuban and Salsa; Flamenco; and Indonesian gamelan––to name a few.

In theatre Paul has performed in numerous Broadway-style shows including the Canadian Premieres of The Lion King, The Producers, and the World Premiere run of Lord of the Rings in Toronto. He is currently working on Sousatzka––Garth Drabinsky’s next blockbuster musical.

His previous international experience includes membership in Phase II Pan Groove Steel Orchestra (Trinidad), Mika Yoshida’s Marimbop (Japan), and soloist performances in world drumming festivals including Musaïc at Expo 1998 (Lisbon) and Heartbeat at Expo 2000 (Hanover).

Mr. Ormandy appears on and off-screen in numerous television and radio programs, can be heard on over one hundred and fifty commercial audio recordings, and has presented premieres of his own multi-media compositions.

Paul is the Visiting Artist in Percussion at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, Drums and Percussion Lesson Instructor for Long and McQuade Musical Instruments, and has served on faculty at York University, University of Toronto, and The Royal Conservatory of Music. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology as a Caribbean music specialist focused on the Cayman Islands.

Paul is proud to endorse Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.