Paul Nalesnik is a freelance percussionist, arranger, and educator based out of Central New Jersey. He is currently the Battery Supervisor and Music Specialist at George Mason University Indoor Drumline, Battery Arranger for the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as Battery Specialist at Carolina Crown. Paul also served as the Battery Arranger and Caption Head for United Percussion PIW from 2017 through 2019, Battery Instructor at The Cadets, Battery Arranger at the Caballeros, and the Director/Arranger for the Rutgers University Drumline from 2012 through 2016.
Along with his marching percussion teaching experience, Paul has instructed percussion classes as an Adjunct Percussion Teacher at Immaculata High School. As a marching performer, Paul marched quads at United Percussion PIW in 2009 and 2010. He then moved on to march the Santa Clara Vanguard for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. As a concert performer, Paul received second place at the 2013 Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition, and received first place at the 2014 PAS Kosa NY Chapter Snare Drum Competition. Paul is also credited with playing snare drum on the Wu Tang Clan album “40th Street Black”, along with helping design and perform the opening to the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show with the Rutgers Drumline. In addition to his performance and education experience, Paul has published a solo snare drum book through Bachovich publications entitled “The Rutgers Solos”, with his solo “Jacks” as a required piece in the 2019 Modern Snare Drum Competition. Paul proudly endorses Vic Firth Drumsticks, and is a member of Team Remo Drumheads. As a dedicated educator, Paul has been inspired by many notable teachers; including Joseph Tompkins, Paul Rennick, Tom Aungst, Javier Diaz, Ken Riehman, and Kyle Zerna.