Dion Parson

One of New York's finest Grammy® award-winning drummers, Dion Parson is founder and leader of 21st Century Band, an educator and composer. Born June 11, 1967 on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Dion's musical foundation includes classical, reggae, calypso, jazz, African, and pop. He received a BM in Music Education in 1990, his Masters in Jazz Performance in 2012, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the University of the Virgin Islands for the past two years. An educator committed to giving back to his community, Dion is President of United Jazz Foundation and founder of "Mentoring Through the Arts of Music," a music education and mentoring program that helps young musicians discover, hone, and showcase their talent while preparing them for professional careers in music. Dion has performed globally and has successfully recorded as both a sideman and a leader for several major music labels. He recently signed to the independent record label Jazzheads in New York City. Read more...