Joshua Dekaney

Joshua Dekaney is an Affiliate Artist of Percussion at Syracuse University and has played percussion with artists Dave Valentin, Peter Cetera, Kaïssa, Jimmy Haslip, Anwar Robinson, and Aretha Franklin. Originally from Houston, Texas, Dekaney plays everything from Americana to Jazz to World Music.

Dekaney has traveled extensively throughout Brazil studying folk and popular music and worked with artists such as Vera Figueiredo, Flavio Pimenta, anand Tribores. He has studied Braziilian percussion in São Paulo with Dinho Nascimento and Tatá, as well as studied maracatu with Jorge Martins and Scott Kettner in New York. Dekaney was a headliner of the Batuka! 2010 International Drum Fest in São Paulo.

Josh Dekaney teaches drumset and hand percussion, leads Samba Laranja: The Syracuse University Brazilian Ensemble, and directs the drumline of the SU marching band. He has played with many jam bands in central New York including the Turnip Stampede, Tim Herron Corporation, Grupo Pagán, and the Ryan Montbleau Band. He also performs with singer/songwriter Jeffery Pepper Rodgers and Wendy Ramsay.

Josh Dekaney has accompanied modern dance artists Jawole Zollar and Maia Claire Garrison and worked with composers Michael Daughtery and Andy Waggoner, as well as animator Heath Hanlin. In addition, Dekaney has performed with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Dekaney plays Paiste cymbals, Evans drumheads, Vic Firth sticks, and Pearl drums and percussion. Visit Joshua's official website at

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