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Lorne M. Watson

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Lorne Watson is a multi-faceted percussionist and composer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Michigan, Lorne met Thom playing in the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble which rehearsed extensively in room 243. Lorne’s composition has been praised for its “remarkable rhythmic breadth and tonal depth,” (New Haven Advocate) in a way that “positively shakes with life.” ( He spent several years teaching and performing on the the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation. Highly regarded for his work with the Tribe, Lorne was invited to join the High Spirit Drum group and was honored to sit with elders and receive training on the Native American flute. In addition to Robert Hohner, Lorne has studied with percussion legends Jim Chapin, Joe Morello, and Alex Acuna. He currently studies and performs Cuban folkloric music with master drummer John Amira.

Lorne has performed with Clogs, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Javier Arau Big Band, The True North Orchestra, The Legacy Percussion Ensemble. He is the drummer for the band Willie McBlind, led by micro-tonal guitarist Jon Catler (La Monte Young, Forever Blues Band), and performs with singer Nina Vidal. He has played at the Blue Note, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Carnegie Hall. He is on the teaching roster for the New York Jazz Academy, The Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and The Brooklyn Arts Council. Lorne has been a featured clinician at Michigan State University, Ithaca College, Cornell University, Alma College, St. Clouds University, University at Buffalo. He has published a drum method book titled, Three Dimensions: Hands, Reading, Drumset.