from Maplewood, New Jersey, who started out on drums at
an early age and expanded into timpani and vibraphone in high school. He attended Juilliard, from whence
he graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. After graduation, he became an extra
percussionist and substitute with the New York Philharmonic.
with whom he has worked include Metallica, the Moody Blues, the New York
Pops, his own Norm Freeman Quartet, N2K and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
October 1988, he participated in what is purported to be the first-ever
all-snare-drum concert entitled “GAGEEGO presents The Noble Snare”
at the Marymount Manhattan Theater, where he performed “Full Circle”
by David Macbride.
He was also
present and accounted for at the world premiere concert of The New York
Pops in Carnegie Hall.
In 1994, he
went on tour with Barbra Streisand, with whom he has performed many times
since, including tours in 2006 and 2007, and Streisand: The Concert
A change was
in the works for him, however.
He decided to go back to school, not to study music, but
theology. In 1997, he graduated
from the General Theological Seminary in New York with a Master of Divinity
degree. He began his new career
at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Riverside, Connecticut. Then he and his family relocated to California, where he became the chaplain at UC-Santa
Barbara and vicar at The Church of St. Michael and All Angels Church in Isla Vista.
He did not
turn his back on music, but instead renewed his commitment to it,
incorporating “Jazz Vespers” into his services. Neither did he relinquish his association
with the New York Pops, choosing to commute to their concerts, as he did
when they performed at the World
in July 2001.
October 2004, he gave the world premiere of “57/7 Dash” by
Melinda Wagner with the New York Pops in Carnegie Hall.
Vespers” made a guest appearance at the St. Francis of Assisi
Episcopal Church in Simi Valley
on 7th December 2008.
February 2011, The Norm Freeman Quartet performed at St.
George’s Episcopal Church and Academy in Laguna Hills, where he has served as
headmaster and rector.
which he appears include: In the Spirit by Jessye
Norman, Live Jazz @ St. G’s
and Watch What Happens with the
Norm Freeman Quartet; the Grammy-winning Mahler: Symphony No. 3
in D minor with the New York Philharmonic; A Soul Break with violinist Katherine Cash (they bill
themselves as N2K); and, The World So
Wide by Dawn Upshaw.
In the field
of music education, he has given lectures and master classes, and served on
the faculties of the Mannes College of Music and New York University.