Event Team / Education
Rashaad Greene is a percussionist/drummer who is known for his exceptional ability to work and adapt in countless musical settings. Growing up as solely a classical percussionist, Rashaad eventually discovered passions in other worlds within percussion, such as drum set and hand drumming. Over the years, he has learned to exploit his extensive interests as a means to continually develop his unique and versatile musicianship.
Some of the groups and artists that Rashaad has performed with include the Ron McCurdy and the Langston Hughes Project, Amherst Jazz Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, Diplomats of Funk, The Zack Bartolomei Trio, Dynamo, Les Boulvadieres, The Valley Winds, and Cyprian Consiglio. Rashaad leads his own trio - RG3 - which has performed for the Northampton Jazz Festival (2019) in addition to several other gigs and projects.
Rashaad has been teaching privately since high school and has done so in environments such as his own teaching studio, a graduate teaching assistantship, as well as through outreach programs. Even through the inherent difficulties of remote teaching, he still manages to provide students with the invaluable lessons of which they seek.
Rashaad was selected as a winner of the UMass Concerto Competition (2020) with "Arena" by Tobias Brostrom. Some other recent honors and awards that Rashaad has received include the Henry Mancini Fellowship for the Frost School of Music (2020-2021), David Baker Scholarship of JEN (2019), and an Outstanding Performance, Graduate College Blues/Pop/Rock Group of Downbeat with the "Odd Meters Combo" (2019).
On the more recreational side, Rashaad also sings, plays jazz vibes, piano, guitar, trumpet, and trombone. He also enjoys photography and is an avid gamer. His game sessions as well as informal music performances can be seen on the popular streaming site Twitch. While performing, recording, and making music in almost any capacity are certainly passions of Rashaad, he finds great meaning and enjoyment when he gets to share his musical experiences with others.
For more information on Rashaad visit his website: rashaadgreenemusic.com