Disturbing the peace since 1985.
Over the past two decades I've performed with a variety of orchestras, chamber groups, and artists including PitchBlak Brass Band, Pharoahe Monch, John Hodgman, the Bengsons, VÉRITÉ, the Songwriter’s Orchestra, Patriot Brass Ensemble, Melissa Li & the Barely Theirs, and Kermit the Frog. I have performed at renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Brooklyn Bowl, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and Joe's Pub.
I've played in such New York musical theater productions as In The Heights, The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweeney Todd, and Hello Again and have toured nationally with How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Hundred Days, and The Lightning Thief. I have originated the drum books for several musicals including Interstate, American Morning, and Pryor Rendering.
Originally from Cumberland, MD, I have a Bachelor of Music from the University of Maryland and a Master of Music from Mannes College, the New School for Music. I've studied with John Tafoya (National Symphony Orchestra), Michael Werner (Metropolitan Opera/Seattle Symphony), Barry Centanni (Orchestra of St. Luke's), Allison Miller (Ani DiFranco/Brandi Carlile), and Tony Martucci (Joe Lovano).
In 2017, Allegany High School – my alma mater – dedicated an award in my name: the Ashley Baier Award In Percussion Excellence, given to a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding leadership and dedication to the highest level of musical performance.
I have been published by Tom Tom Magazine.
I currently live in Brooklyn.
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