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Pecussionist Dennis Sullivan has premiered multiple new and contemporary works for percussion, voice, mixed ensemble and given hundreds of performances throughout the United States and Europe. Through these endeavors, Dennis has been heard with Newband, John Eaton’s Pocket Opera Players, The Argento Ensemble, Tactus, The Lugano Percussion Group (Lugano Switzerland), the Darmstadt Preistrager forum, Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band, Sequitur, Mantra Percussion, The 7 Mile Isle Steel Drum Band, The Perceval Duo (co-founder), The Cleveland Orchestra and many other orchestras throughout New England and the Mid West. Dennis has worked with fine composers and conductors such as Michael Guillen, Lucas Vis, Wolfgang Rihm, Tristan Murail, Thomas Meadowcroft, Franck Ollu, Michael Gordon, Evan Ziporyn, David MacBride, Clint McCallum and John Eaton. Dennis can be heard on Mode Records and Canada Goose Neck Tapes. In 2004, he was awarded the grand prize at the Van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence, and in 2008 he received the Stipiendienpreise at the Darmstadt International Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik (Darmstadt, Germany). His festival appearances have included Darmstadt (2006, 2008, 2010), The Klangspuren Festival (Ensemble Modern Academy 2007), ACA Festival of American Music (2007, 2010), Make Music New York (2009) and the Woodstock Fringe Festival (Perceval Duo, 2005). In July of 2010 he gave the world premier of Clint McCallum’s “they don’t make that part anymore” as a member of the Darmstadt Preistrager Forum under the direction of Lucas Vis. Dennis Earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of Music under the instruction of Benjamin Toth, his Master’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook and is currently completing a Doctorate degree at SUNY Stony Brook, where he studies with Eduardo Leandro. He has also received additional mentoring from Christian Dierstein, Lucas Vis, Miguel Bernat, Emmanuel Sejourne, Glen Velez, Dave Samuels, and many more. He is currently assistant director of bands at Saint Anthony’s High School in Huntington New York.
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