Paul Hannah has been playing professionally since the age of sixteen. Growing up in Las Vegas, NV, he had the honor of learning his craft from the legendary drummers and percussionists of Vegas – Jerry Gilgor, Tommy Check, Leo Camera, Roger Rampton, Walfredo de los Reyes, Mark Barnett, John Abraham, Howard Agster and others. Later attending the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Vic Firth and attaining the Artist’s Diploma from the Hartt School of Music and Alexander Lepak, Paul also studied drums with Alan Dawson and master NYC session percussionist Dave Carey.
Immediately after graduating from Hartt, Paul began touring with Broadway show tours of Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” closely followed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats”. He freelanced for years in CT and NY and performed for every type of gig there is – from symphonic percussion to small group and big band jazz, bar bands, club dates, pops concerts, rock and roll, country, funk/R&B/blues as both drummer and percussionist.
For the last twenty years, he has worked primarily as a drummer/percussionist for Broadway touring productions all over the USA, Canada, Japan and China. Highlights include “West Side Story” in Tokyo, “Jesus Christ Superstar” with Ted Neeley and Corey Glover, “Wicked”, “An American in Paris” and “Spamalot”.
Paul also records with his jazz trio, fusion band, solo percussion works, various Neo-Soul/R&B projects and his own big band.
He is the author of “An Expert’s Guide to Theatre and Touring” published by Meredith Music/GIA Publications.