Dion Parson

Dion Parson is one of New York’s finest, Grammy Award Winning, drummers. Born June 11, 1967, St. Thomas USVI, Dion’s musical foundation ranges from classical, reggae, calypso, jazz, African, and pop music. Dion’s first musical instrument was the trombone, but at the age of 15 he began playing drums and was awarded a grant from Virgin Islands Council on the 45Arts to study at Interlochen Music Academy in Michigan. Upon returning home, he was selected to be the VI representative in the McDonald’s All-American High School Band to play Drums. Dion later attended Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1985, where he studied percussion with Keith Copeland and William Moersch, receiving his B.M. in Music Education in 1990. In 1994, Dion began studying with master drummer Michael Carvin. A relationship he maintained for 18 years.Read more

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Jazz on the Dock

presented in collaboration with Dion Parson and The West Indian Company Limited (WICO) On May 16, Jazz on the Dock celebrated the Young People of the US Virgin Islands, bringing music to the community and allowing everyone — from visitors to residents, tots to grandparents of all ages — to enjoy a musical evening. Present […]

Jazz For Young People on Tour NYC

Dion Parson with Jazz at Lincoln Center It’s never too early to learn about music and its impact on our everyday lives. This May, during Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz For Young People Concerts on Tour, which is part of the “Let Freedom Swing” three-part series: Jazz and Democracy, Jazz and the Great Migration, and […]

UVI Graduates Breakfast Celebration

We were pleased to participate in the UVI breakfast celebration for graduating students that took place at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef Resort on May 12. Members of UJF’s Artists-in-Residence program joined other local artists in the musical celebration. Congratulations to all the graduating students and to our participating mentors whose students also graduated. We are always […]

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