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Von Baron


Honolulu based drummer, percussionist, writer, and educator Von Baron attended the Berklee College of Music and earned a degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. In addition, he has been a professional “A-list” drummer for 25 years, a professional composer for almost a decade, over 15 years experience as a drum instructor, and more than 10 years developing child-centered programs and evaluating and measuring their effectiveness. He co-authored and has co-instructed the successful Iolani School Leadership Education Alternative Decision making Program (L.E.A.D.) in Honolulu, Hawaii. For 6 years he has taught students in Hawaii to identify and safely intervene in situations involving bullying, drugs, cheating and stealing as well as important skills in creating healthy and enduring friendships

Von is a critically acclaimed drummer appearing in many groups and on numerous recordings both in the U.S. and internationally including The Von Baron Band, The Honolulu Jazz Quartet, Yoshimasa Kasai, Hajime Kobayashi, Nobuaki Komori, Tennyson Stephens, Tommy James (Duke Ellington Orchestra) Geoffrey Keezer, Eddie Henderson, Henry Kapono, Danny Carvalho, Michael Ruff, Shelly Berg, Benny Golson, Pete Christlieb, Ira Nepus, Sacha Boutros, Yasuko Hayakawa, Don Ho, Ota san, Ray Brown Jr., Tita Lima, Nathan Osmand, Jeff Peterson, Paul Shimomoto, Hiromi Kanda, Henry Allen, Jimmy Borges, Yoshiaki Miyanoue, Theresa Bright, Gabe Baltazar, Matt Catingub & The Honolulu Symphony Pops and Byron Nease (Phantom of the Opera) among others.

Von has also produced three solo commercial music albums and many other compositions finding their way into TV, Video Game and Radio productions in Europe, the U.S. and Latin America. He is an inspirational speaker also publishing a book entitled “Gifted: 6 Powerful Steps to Live the Most Incredible Life You Can Imagine” which details exactly how to get from where you are to where you would like to be with your life. It is available e-book format through, Barnes and and iBooks. Gifted is also available in audio book format through iBooks and