Percussionist James Musto began performing on the drums for social events around the Jersey Shore at age 15. He studied jazz drums with Barry Altschul, Freddie Waits, and Fred Buda of the Boston Pops. He has been an associate with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra percussion section since 1998 performing in a wide range of percussion roles. He has performed, toured and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, The Israel Philharmonic, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The American Symphony Orchestra and the New York City Opera under the batons of Lorin Maazel, Mistislav Rostropovich, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Mazur, Alan Gilbert, Sakari Oramo, Sir Colin Davis, George Manahan, and Hans Graf. He has been timpanist for several Symphony orchestras in New York , New Jersey and Connecticut, working under conductors such as Gustav Meier, and Vincent LaSelva. It was through Barry Altschul’s influence, that Mr. Musto began to study other percussion instruments, culminating in his graduating with a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. James Musto has been the director of percussion studies and the Percussion Ensemble at Kean since 1999.