University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Faculty - Steve Ferraris

Steve Ferraris

Steve Ferraris, Affiliate Artist
Hand drums

  • B.A., Dartmouth
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E-mail: Steven Ferraris

Steve Ferraris is a free-lance percussionist who is comfortable performing and recording in a wide variety of musical situations. He has appeared with big bands, Latin Jazz groups, Jazz/funk super-groups and trios. Steve has also appeared as a solo percussion performer playing congas, timbales, bongos and African djembe. He has toured the U.S. and Europe as a sideman and with his own Rootsystem Drummers. Steve is also very active as a teacher of percussive arts. He has taught percussion at the Latin Jazz Immersion summer camp with Ray Vega and Alex Stewart and presented percussion clinics at the Urbino Jazz Festival Music School in Italy, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College and is a frequent artist in residence at schools throughout New England.

Published works: Recent recording credits include Habib Koite's 2007 release Afriki, Rick Davies and Jazzismo 2006 Siempre Salsa and Phish bassist Mike Gordon's first CD as a leader in 2008.

Groups accompanied: Big bands (Sun Ra Arkestra, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, the Burlington Discover Jazz Fesival Big Band with Paquito D'Rivera), Latin Jazz groups (Rick Davies and Jazzismo, Zabap), Jazz/funk super-group Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe and trios (Dr Gam-acoustic Reggae).

Faculty Directory

D. Thomas Toner, Department Chair
Paul Asbell, Jazz Guitar
Paul Besaw, Dance
Clare Byrne, Dance
Joe Capps, Jazz Guitar
Nadine Carpenter, Oboe
Tom Cleary, Jazz Piano
Selene Colburn, Dance
Sarah Cullins, Voice
Rick Davies, Trombone
Amber deLaurentis Cleary, Jazz Voice
Steve Ferraris, Djembe
David Feurzeig, Theory
Paula Higa, Dance
Gerald Lanoue, Bassoon
Anne Janson, Flute
Patricia Julien, Theory, Jazz
Steve Klimowski, Clarinet
Yutaka Kono, Orchestra
John Mantegna, Guitar
David Neiweem, Voice, Choirs, Organ
Paul Orgel, Piano
Sylvia Parker, Piano, Theory
Alan Parshley, Horn
Suzanne Polk, Cello
Evelyn Read, Violin/Viola
Patricia Riley, Music Ed.
John Rivers, Jazz Bass
Jeff Salisbury, Drums
Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Dance
Wayne Schneider, History
Heidi Soons, Harp
Clyde Stats, History
Alex Stewart, Jazz
William Tilley, Bass
D. Thomas Toner, Band, Percussion
Ray Vega, Trumpet, Jazz
Robert Wigness, Trombone
Michael Zsoldos, Saxophone