A standout musician in the Pacific Northwest music scene, Derek Munson has established himself as a drummer without musical bounds. Equally adept at playing all styles – from metal to jazz, country to Funk and R&B – Derek has had 25+ years of performing experience in a wide range of musical applications, including professional symphonies, theater pit orchestras, drum and bugle corps, big bands, progressive rock bands, percussion ensembles, and more.
Known primarily as a jazz player, Derek has shared the stage with many jazz greats such as Bob Mintzer, Paquito D’Rivera, Bobby Shew, Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, John Fedchock, Andy Martin, Jeff Hamilton, and many others. More recently, he’s played behind Petula Clark, Marie Osmond, and Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Derek has extensive touring and studio experience, having done several national tours with Seattle-based singer/songwriter Aaron English, as well as Denver rock powerhouse Xiren. In addition, Derek is the drummer for the Bob Curnow Big Band. While at home in Southeastern Washington, he performs with his group, The Frazer Wambeke Trio, as well as the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra, Wayman Chapman, and a host of other regional acts.
"X-Wing Drummer" (Aaron English Band): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH1S5nggBJE
"New Ground" (cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctKB9LZSL2c
"Run" (World Project, virtual band): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsVQKgP8AZQ
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