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A. J. Merlino

United States



A.J. Merlino's intense and versatile performing style has made him a highly sought after percussionist. His playing has taken him to many countries around the world, including Scotland, Croatia, Greece, Thailand, Australia, and Argentina. While residing in Las Vegas, he performing on the Las Vegas strip with such artists as Jay-Z, Redfoo of LMFAO, Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers, Eric Marienthal, and Cee Lo Green for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. He has also collaborated with famed percussionists Michito Sanchez, Pepe Jimenez, Christian Tamburr, Bernie Dresel, and Kurt Rasmussen.

Merlino has worked as music director, composer, and performer for many projects held at The Venetian, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, and Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. He also worked on the production show Resurrecting Sin City, which premiered in Las Vegas and traveled to Adelaide, Australia. As a clinician, he has presented to numerous colleges, high schools, festivals, and has worked for the International House of Blues with Kurt Rasmussen.

Merlino holds percussion performance degrees from Kutztown University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.A.J. Merlino is currently teaching for the Merlino Music Academy, Kutztown University, New York Youth Musicians, The Reading Music Foundation, and Earth Rhythms.