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Paul Deatherage

Instructor of Percussion

Offices & Programs


Master of Music in Percussion Performance - University of Kentucky (2009)


Paul Deatherage is the Visiting Instructor of Percussion at Centre College and the Instructor for Drum Set at the University of Kentucky. He is also the Front Ensemble Caption Head and Assistant Director of Percussion for Lafayette High School in Lexington, KY.

Paul has an active and versatile career as a freelance percussionist, currently holding the drum set chair for the Vince DiMartino/Miles Osland Jazz Orchestra (“DOJO”), the Raleigh Dailey Trio, the Osland/Dailey Jazztet, the Walnut Street Ramblers, the Ross Whitaker Trio, and Grupo LexiSamba.

Over the years Paul has had opportunities to share the stage with such noted artists as Joe Lovano, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Miguel Zenon, Gunhild Carling, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Coffin, Doc Severinsen, Bob Mintzer, Allen Vizzutti, Dave Stryker, Arlo Guthrie, Clay Jenkins, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Howard Levy, and Zach Brock.

Paul attended Tennessee Technological University, where he studied percussion with Joseph Rasmussen and Eric Willie, and completed his Bachelors Degree in Music Education in December 2005. In 2006 Paul began studies with Bill Bachman in Nashville, continuing until his move to Lexington, KY in August 2007, where he studied with James B. Campbell and John Willmarth at the University of Kentucky. He completed his Masters Degree in Percussion Performance in May 2009.


Deatherage is a "Zildjian Artist" and an "Innovative Percussion Artist"