Jeffrey Vigness is an accomplished freelance multi-instrumentalist, author, and composer specializing in drums and percussion, bass, and guitar, as well as the owner of Vigness Music, LLC. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance, and regularly plays a very wide spectrum of musical styles, from classical and contemporary percussion to big-band swing, jazz and rock in both live and studio recording settings. He has performed across the United States, United Kingdom, Central Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico. In addition to an active freelance schedule, Jeff is a member of the percussion section with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and a founding member of The R.S.V.P., a recent project created to explore new music in percussion and strings, focused on educating students on the compositional process, improvisational experience, and performance practices within a small ensemble.
Jeff also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Theory and Composition, and has had his music performed here in the U.S. as well as the Czech Republic. In addition to his concert pieces for soloists, small ensembles, and jazz combos, Jeff is also a staff composer for Floor Tracks, Teretone Music Libraries and Mirlyn Productions. He’s recently had a featured track on the album Halloween Haunted House Music - Terrifying Tunes for a Ghoulish Night (available on iTunes ) and an episode of the television series Customer Service?.
As an educator, Jeff is an in-demand private instructor, with a studio of nearly 60 students studying drumset, percussion, electric/double bass, guitar and music theory. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team as well as a Remo Education Artist, was selected as the percussion instructor for the 2003 Minnesota All-State Band Camp, and is a percussion coach with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. He has written and published two books; How to Play in a Rock or Jazz Band and The Drum Also Struts.