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﷯Raymond A. DeMarchi Percussion Ray is a native of Buffalo, New York. Ray came to Kansas City to complete his Masters of Music degree at the conservatory of music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He has served as an adjunct-faculty member at the University of Missouri, Johnson County Community College, and William Jewell College, where he teaches percussion, and directs the jazz bands. He also is the drum line instructor for various high schools in the Kansas City area. As a private instructor, many of his students have been selected to perform in state bands, and have been awarded college scholarships. As a percussionist, he has performed a wide variety of musical styles with various organizations, in Kansas City including, Music Theater at Starlight Theater, Opera with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Ballet with the Kansas City Ballet and Missouri State Ballet companies. He is also a regular player with the Kansas City Symphony. He is a founding member of the percussion groups Sticks of Thunder, and Tri Percussion. With the Russ Long trio, he has backed up such artists as Pete Chrislied, Bud Shank, the late Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Karrin Allison, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Steve Allen, Etta James, The Moody Blues,Kansas, The Who, Chic Corea, Mark O'Conner and many others. Ray can be heard on over 30 CD's with various artists, and can be seen playing on a regular basis around Kansas City. Ray has been married to his wife, Dody, for ten years, and they have a beautiful 8 year old boy named, Joseph. His favorite past time is golfing, golfing and more golfing.

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