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Joe Morello - In Memorium

It was an honor to have Joe teach at the NJSOP for fifteen years. He remains in our hearts and minds and will be remembered as a friend and as one of the greatest drummers of all time.

Joe Morello is considered to be one of the finest and most celebrated drummers in the history of Jazz. His twelve- and-a-half years as drummer for the Dave Brubeck Quartet showcased his exiting and innovative drumming style. Recording over 120 albums, Joe won the down beat award five years in a row and the Playboy award seven years in a row. The only drummer to win every music poll for five years in a row including Japan, England, Europe, Australia and South America.

Joe authored five drum method books and produced two instructional videos.

Joe is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame . He has received many other awards too numerous to list.



Ignacio Berroa

A former Instructor Ignacio Berroa now living in Florida.


Ignacio Berroa has been recognized by many as one of the greatest drummers of our times. His numerous contributions to the American music scene have earned him a place among a selected group of artists known to have set new musical trends for the 20th century.

Jazz Legend Dizzy Gillespie best defined Ignacio as: "... the only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro Cuban music as well as Jazz...

Ignacio has recorded and played with musicians of the stature of:  McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Milt Jackson, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Tito Puente, Lalo Schifrin, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, David Sanchez, Danilo Perez, Chico Bouarque, Ivan Lins, Joao Bosco, Lenny Andrade, Carniege Hall Big Band, Lincoln Center Orchestra, WDR Big Band to name a few.  Some of this artist have set new musical trends in Jazz, being associated with them make Ignacio part of Jazz history.

NJSOP Faculty

Glenn Weber

Has been teaching drums and percussion for over forty seven years. In that time he has been on the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University, William Paterson University, the Delbarton School in Morristown NJ, and Hillside School in Montclair NJ and is currently the Instructor of Percussion at Seton Hall University.

As a performer, has worked with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bobby Hackett, the New Jersey Pops Orchestra, the Joe Carson Big Band, the Garden State Concert Band, LaBamba and the Hubcaps, The North Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and numerous club date and show bands.

He led his own Jazz group for many years and has performed on numerous recordings with various artists. 

Has published instructional books including "Steps to Technical Development for Drummers".


Glenn founded the New Jersey School of Percussion over forty years ago. Served as President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society for over ten years.



Former Instructor Damon Weber  now works in IT at William Paterson University

Damon combines a busy teaching schedule with band performances throughout the tri-state area. He has extensive recording experience including work with producer Jim Harry on a CD for the international recording artist Doro.

You can hear Damon playing on the theme music for ESPN's X- Games. He has played shows at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and has performed numerous shows with the famous group The Jive Five including one at the Brendan Byrne (now Continental) Arena.

He has many years of experience giving private instruction to students of all ages and tought percussion at Montclair-Kimberly Academy in 1999 . His transcription of Tool Drummer Danny Carey's solo in the song" 46 and 2" was published by Modern Drummer Magazine in mid 2000.

Damon's knowledge of contemporary drumming and his impressive double bass drumming technique has made him an in demand performer and teacher.



Andy White - In Memorium

Andy White had a varied career, starting in his native Scotland and moving to London where he worked as a studio musician. Andy recorded for EMI, Decca, Capital and other record labels. Andy can be heard on the Tom Jones recording It's Not Unusual. He also played on the first Beatles record Love Me Do and PS I Love You.

Andy was the drummer for Merlene Deitrich for eleven years and is the author of Roll Control, a book he wrote in 1968.

He had a busy teaching schedule and served as a Judge for Pipe Band competitions.

Andy remains in our memory as a kind and gentle person and an ultimate professional.