Josh Zaid

Josh attended both the University of Michigan as performance major and Baruch College, where he earned a BA degree in Management of Musical Enterprises. He is currently one of the most sought after percussionists on Long Island. His philosophy as an educator reflects his ‘work hard-play hard’ approach to performing. He provides NYSSMA prep and instruction for beginner to all-state caliber pieces and provides private instruction for students just starting out with music up to advanced high school and collegiate level on drumset, timpani, mallet percussion and frame drums. He has worked with the Ratamacue All-Star Percussion Ensemble and with Sam Ash Music as a clinician. Josh is part of an education team that works with the Recording Academy and ASCAP as well as a member of the Professional Drum Teacher’s Guild.

As a performer, Josh specializes in orchestral playing and has been a member of the Long Island Philharmonic, North Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Northwinds Symphonic Band, and the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival. He has performed in scores of concerts at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Hill Auditorium, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Tilles Center and Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Josh is co-founder of the New York based percussion duo, Cisum Percussion. Cisum Percussion gives clinics and master-classes to percussionists and ensembles of any age or level. Cisum Percussion is an active sponsor for the SCMEA Day of Percussion at Sayville High School on Long Island. They were recently contracted to write and premiere a duo concerto with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra in March, 2013.

Josh will always consider himself a student of his instrument, and is dedicated to sharing his love for music with his students and his colleagues. He is very thankful for his previous teachers and all of the ensembles and musicians with whom he has had the opportunity to perform and work with.

Zildjian Education

Avedis Zildjian I (the first) was an Armenian alchemist in the city of Constantinople in the early seventeenth century. While attempting to create gold by combining base metals, he discovered an alloy of copper, tin, and traces of silver with unique sound qualities. In 1618, Avedis used his secret alloy to create cymbals of spectacular clarity and power. The sound of the instruments was so extraordinary that the Sultan invited Avedis to live at court (Topkapi Palace) to make cymbals for the Sultan's elite Janissary Bands. As Avedis' reputation grew, the Sultan gave him the name "Zildjian" in Armenian (Zilciyan in Turkish), a word meaning "son of cymbal maker."

In 1623, Avedis was granted permission to leave the palace in order to start his own business in a suburb of Constantinople named Psamatia. That same business is now nearly four centuries old and has been passed down to Zildjian heirs for fifteen generations. Relocating to America in 1929, Avedis III moved the Zildjian factory to Quincy, MA and then to its current location in Norwell, MA for Zildjian's 350th Anniversary. The business passed to Avedis' son, Armand in 1977 and then to Armand's daughter, Craigie, in 1999. Currently, Craigie and her sister Debbie continue the family tradition in what is recognized as the oldest family-owned business in America.