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"…Percussion master and musical polymath…"—Boston Phoenix

"…Brian's not just a great musician; he's also a first-rate composer."—Huffington Post

Brian with tambourines. by Robin Holland


Brian on percussion with Albany Symphony

Brian with Portland Symphony

Brian on vibes. by Yves Renaud

Pacific Overtures setup

Brian plays bodhran in Boston with Ishna

Orange press photos by Robin Holland.

Concert Calendar

My various bands and ensembles...

Sun, 12/15/19 @ 7:30 PM Klezwoods returns to Atwoods for a holiday……more Cambridge, MA
Fri, 12/20/19 @ 7:30 PM A CELTIC CHRISTMAS w/ Ishna. Spirited……more Peterborough, NH
Wed, 2/5/20 @ 7:30 PM The Why - chamber jazz - with Bert Seager……more Ipswich, MA
Thu, 2/6/20 @ 7:00 PM The Why - chamber jazz - with Bert Seager……more Cambridge, MA
Tue, 2/11/20 @ 7:00 PM Why Not performs chamber jazz and original……more Lexington, MA
Sat, 2/15/20 @ 7:00 PM Valentines Concert with Ishna!…more Canton, MA
Sat, 2/29/20 @ 6:30 PM Private Klezwoods Event…more Needham, MA

Complete show calendar

About Brian

Brian O’Neill is a versatile multi-percussionist, drummer and composer based in Boston who has performed at The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall among others. A “percussion master and musical polymath” (Boston Phoenix), Brian performs regularly in a wide variety of musical contexts including jazz, classical, world music, and theatre. In addition to freelancing, he leads Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, which performs original global jazz and chamber music as well as the lost music of Esquivel (“deliciously entertaining”—Wall Street Journal). Brian also performs with North Shore Music Theatre, Portland Symphony, Albany Symphony, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He has also played percussion for internationally known artists including Kristin Chenoweth, Donna Summer, and the US tours of Motown the Musical and Anastasia. Follow Brian at or on Twitter/Instagram (@orchestrotica).

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