Jazz in the Castle

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Join Arcadia University's music department during Homecoming weekend for a Jazz in the Castle concert featuring New York native, Marcell A. Bellinger playing the trumpet and Drum Set and Percussion Adjunct Professor, Sean J. Kennedy.  This concert is free and open to all.  Please RSVP here.

Marcell a. Bellinger
Bellinger had a trumpet put in his hands at the age of seven setting him on a path that changed his life.  After an introduction initiated by local music professor Patrick Dorian, Marcell Bellinger studied under world-class trumpeter Terell Stafford at Temple University.  During his college years, he worked as a band leader, arrange, and composter.  From his undergraduate degree at Temple, Bellinger continued to his musical education at New Jersey City University.  While at NJCU, he studied trumpet with Joe Magnarelli and composition with pianist Joel Weiskopf.
Now residing in Philadelphia, Bellinger is an adjunct professor at Temple University and Trumpet teacher at Arcadia University.  He has collaborated with the Philadelphia Jazz Project on a variety of concert series, one of which resulted in a live album of his original compositions inspired by artist Normal Lewis.  In his quest for knowledge, Bellinger continues to study various musical subjects with Philadelphia stalwart music performer and industry maven John Vanore.  He remains an active arrange, composer and trumpet player.
 
Sean J. Kennedy
Sean J. Kennedy is the drum set player for The Gardyn Jazz Orchestra, The Doc Severinsen Tribute Band, featuring Jay Webb and has been principal percussionist with the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale since 2004.   He is a multi-faceted musician who is equally accomplished on the stage, in the recording studio, and in the classroom. He has performed on drum set and percussion receiving standing ovations at sold-out venues such as Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall with world renowned acts like Il Volo, Roger Daltry and The Who, Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling, The Philly POPS! Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Jacksonville Symphony, The Strauss Symphony of America, The Allentown Band, The Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. Kennedy is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society Drum Set Committee, is the author of numerous drum set, percussion and improv books, has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records, has produced and hosted the music-industry podcast Backstage At The Enharmonic, including guests Dame Evelyn Glennie, Hal Blaine, Gordon Goodwin, and many others, and has presented a TEDx Talk about the history of the drumset, titled: Happy Accidents: Drumming Up Serendipity. Jazz legend Dave Brubeck stated that Sean’s drumming, “… sounds like it should—it swings!”
 
Having received multiple honors and distinctions throughout his career, Kennedy was honored as a distinguished alumni of The West Chester University School of Music on the college's online Spotlight Series in 2016. Kennedy earned a master’s degree in Percussion Performance and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Chester University, and is an Artist Endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Canopus Drums, Casio Keyboards, One Beat Better, Grover Pro Percussion, The Drum Wallet and Evans Drumheads. He is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians, is a registered composer, songwriter, and publisher with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), and is a voting member of the Recording Academy (NARAS).
 

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