Paul O'Brien - Biography
Paul O'Brien has played in various rock bands and has performed in Britain and the U.S.A. He also played in various jazz groups/big bands and was percussionist with Dublin Symphony Orchestra for 6 years.
He is the conductor of the Ardee Concert Band Junior Ensemble, and has played drums with the Ardee Concert Band since 1976. They have won major competitions at home and abroad and have recorded several broadcasts for RTE over the years.
He has been Percussion Tutor with the Cross Border Orchestra since 2000 and has performed with them in the National Concert Hall and The Helix Concert Hall in Dublin playing Bass & Percussion. He also joined them on their 2002 and 2004 tours of California, New York/Boston in 2005 playing Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall and Chicago/Boston in 2007. 2009 sees a return to New York and a visit to Washington.
Paul teaches Drums & Percussion, Keyboards/Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Recorder and Tin Whistle in almost any style of music, privately at home in Ardee.
Paul is also a composer and arranger, having had some of his compositions and arrangements preformed by Ardee Concert Band & The Cross Border Orchestra, among others. His arrangement of “New York, New York” was played in Carnegie Hall.
He also got to play his arrangement of Beach Boys medleys to a friend of Bruce Johnson’s in LA, with Bruce's Blessings.
Paul started at the ripe old age of 6 learning recorder and tin whistle, piano at 8, drums at 10 and guitar at 12.