Percussion Instructor, The Cadets
Paul Nalesnik is a freelance percussionist and educator based out of central New Jersey. As an educator, he is currently the Caption Head and Arranger for the Rutgers University Drumline, Battery Arranger and Caption Head for United Percussion. Since the beginning of his involvement, the Rutgers University Drumline has appeared on numerous nationally televised events, including the 2013 Victoria's Secret fashion show and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Paul is also an Adjunct Percussion Specialist at Immaculata High School, working with both the concert and marching programs, and is a consultant for the Arlington, NY High School Marching Band.
His marching career began as a tenor player for United Percussion in 2009 and 2010. He later went on to march tenors for the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2011 and 2012. He served as Battery Coordinator for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014. As a performer, he has held Principal positions in all ensembles at Rutgers and plays with numerous orchestras around the New Jersey and New York area. He was a featured performer at PASIC in 2012 with the Santa Clara Vanguard. In 2013, he received second place at the Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition, and went on to publish a snare drum solo book through Bachovich publications entitled, "The Rutgers Solos."