Paul D Demarest Jr. started his musical career at the age of nine. I began playing the saxophone in the school band. Later on, I played tuba, string bass in the marching and concert bands. I played guitar in the junior high and high school stage bands. I enjoyed hard rock and heavy metal music in my teens. During high school, I developed a love for jazz and classical music. I attended University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
While I was there, I studied with Ed Flanagan, who has done many Broadway shows and has toured with Al Martino. I also was instructed at University of the Arts by Robert Di Nardo, who was a staff guitarist for The Mike Douglas Show. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in 1990. Some of the establishments I have performed at include The Supper Club, Hotel Pennsylvania, and the USS Intrepid, all in New York City.
I have played at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and Montclair Country Club in West Orange, New Jersey. I have also performed at Huntington Townhouse on Long Island. I have played at Birchwood Country Club in Whippany, New Jersey with Donald Trump in the audience.
I have been performing with The Rob Stoneback Orchestra, a Bethlehem based 19 piece big band since January 1990. I also perform with the Asbury Jazz Quintet, a Christian based ensemble utilizing classical, jazz, and rock influences. This group is based at Asbury Methodist Church in Allentown.
Some of the entertainers I have performed with include: Regis Philbin, Al Martino , Julius La Rosa, Bob Newhart, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Perry Como, Emily Remler, John Blake, Jimmy Bruno, Larry McKenna, Marilyn Horne, Barbara Cook, John Swana, and Stanley Turrentine. I am a member of AFM Local #45. I have been teaching privately since 1984. I have been playing in pit orchestras since 1983. I perform on guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, and banjo. I perform mostly in the Lehigh Valley area with several groups including Muhlenberg college, Cedar Crest College theatre departments and Municipal Opera Company (MunopCo) in Allentown.
Teaches Guitar at: Saucon Valley Music