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Derry Hirsch

Derry Hirsch

Hello there. I am a musician, composer, arranger, film scorer, drummer/percussionist, studio producer/engineer, theatrical lighting designer, chief cook, husband and father. Born in 1956, I started playing drums at the age of 8 and have been at it ever since. I studied classical percussion from members of the Minnesota Orchestra, was principle tympanist in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, and performed under Aaron Copeland and Stanislav Skrovechevski. I attended Berklee College of Music, graduating in 1978 with a B.A. in Music Composition with an emphasis in Film Scoring. While attending Berklee, I was a teaching assistant in the film scoring department and wrote and produced scores for two Boston University Graduate films, including "The Dragonfly", which was entered in the 1978 American Film Festival. After graduation, I co-founded the original progressive rock/fusion jazz band "North", based in Minneapolis MN. North toured the country and recorded for 6 years. After North, I continued to perform in various bands and played in studio sessions in the twin cities area for many years afterwards. In 1997, along with my wife Hillevi Peterson Hirsch, I started Platamoose Productions, a multi-track digital recording studio. At Platamoose I produced and engineered recordings for a wide variety of artists in the twin cities, covering folk, pop, rock, bluegrass, and classical music. I started doing technical theatre in high school, focusing (pun intended) on lighting. Over the

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