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Edward Freytag, percussion

Edward Freytag holds a B.S. in Music ED from the University of TN Chattanooga and a M.M. in Jazz Percussion Performance from the University of TN Knoxville where he studied with iconic jazz educator, Jerry Coker and drumset guru, Keith Brown. He has been Director of Bands at Cleveland HS and LaVergne HS in TN where his drumlines placed as top finishers in all events entered including two USBands National Championships. He is currently Asst. Director of Bands at Whitworth-Buchanan MS and has been on faculty at Lee University, Cumberland University, and University of TN Chattanooga. He has performed with the Chattanooga and Knoxville Symphonies

Mr. Freytag has toured extensively throughout the United States, Russia, Germany, England, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands performing with the likes of…

JAZZ – Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Steve Allen, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Morrow, Donald Brown, Jerry Coker, Keith Brown, Chris McDonald, Ron Miller, Bill Watrous, Terry Gibbs, Bud Brisbois, Steve Brewster, William Ellis, Alan Wyatt, Shawn Perkinson, Jim Williamson, Vinnie Ciesielski, Mark Douthit, and Rusty Holloway R&B /

SOUL – Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and Earl Lett

COUNTRY – Dude Mowery (Arista Records), Marilyn Martin (Atlantic Records), James T. Horn (Curb Records), Philip Claypool (Curb Records), Ric Ferrell (Dreamworks Records), Mindy McCready (RCA Records), Thom Ellis (E3 Entertainment), Terry Radigan, and the legendary, Carl Perkins

SHOW – Liberace, and Chris McDonald

POP / ROCK – Kimber Cleveland, and Dr. Hook

He has done openings for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Ray Stevens, Joe Diffie, Eddie Money, Tracy Lawrence, Rick Trevino, Billy Dean, Shaver, Radney Foster, Lorrie Morgan, Restless Heart, Martina McBride, Eddie Arnold, and Leroy Parnell. He has worked in management, promotions, production, and artist relations in the music industry in Nashville.

Mr. Freytag is the composer of the iconic percussion texts, “The Rudimental Cookbook”, “Just Desserts”, and the “Drummers’ Guide To The Universe”. He is known for his use of jazz elements in his marching percussion arrangements and compositions.


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