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"I was asked to come and jam in November or December 1991," states Amidon, who played with One World Tribe until 2001. Kennedy Thompson, Kenny Hollis and Matty Walker were amongst the personel performing “Evil Ways”, “Jammin” and ”On Broadway” with Brad in the sessions leading up to the formation of OWT. In February of 1993, Kennedy presented a concert at Mercyhurst College with arrangements of “Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen” and “Oye Como Va”. In addition to Amidon, Thompson and Hollis, founding members Mark Marchant and Frank Singer participated in this concert, which was followed a few months later by the first official Tribe rehearsals.
Brad is currently (12/2005) director of percussion studies at Edinboro University of Pa and assistant marching band director at McDowell High School, as well as teaching in the Mercyhurst Conservatory program and coaching the Erie Jr. Philharmonic percussion section. He performs regularly with the Erie Philharmonic and Erie Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Dave Stevens Big Band and the jazz trio 3-Bop.
Amidon is currently working on his Ph.D., having received his Master's Degree from SUNY at Buffalo in percussion performance and his Bachelor's in Music Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. His private studies in percussion have included Jan Williams, Lynn Harbold, Cosmo Barbaro, Robert Falkewitz, Alan Zimmerman, and M’Baye Rama Diagne.
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