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Curtis Torian

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Born in New Rochelle, NY and raised in Danbury, CT, Curtis worked as a colonial snare drummer since the age of 9 in the Connecticut Rebels of 76 Fife and Drum Corp, which toured annually to New Orleans, LA, Ireland, Canada, and a nationwide Bicentennial tour of the US in 1976. Torian’s earliest influence of the drum set as applied to popular jazz styles was realized in the teachings of Westchester County New York area teacher, Ralph C. Pace (1925 – 2006), who was a regular instructor of a family friend.

Graduating from Danbury High School led Curtis to The Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where his college mates are friends that have evolved into the some of the most expressive and creative artists on the scene over the last 25 or 30 years.

While continuing to play and work through all the years, Curtis has been teaching in the Connecticut Public Schools. Subsequent graduate accomplishments include Western CT State University, Danbury, CT (MS) as well as the State University of New York at Purchase (MFA).

Through the years of professional development, Curtis has shared the stage in performance with: Walter Beasley, Paul Brown, Warren Byrd, Joey Calderazzo, Todd Coolman, Steve Davis, Mike DiRubbo, Dezron Douglas, Jimmy Greene, Kuumba Frank Lacy, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Peter McEachern, Greg Osby, Mario Pavone, Billy Pierce, Steve Porter, Nat Reeves, Steve Slagle, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith, Benny Wallace, and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts.

Curtis resides in Norwalk, CT with his wife, Tonya, and son, Maurice.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Dezron Douglas Quintet Friday, March 28, 2008, 10:00p

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