James Cardarelli


Drum/Percussion Instructor

James is a professional drummer/percussionist based in the Orlando, Florida area with years of playing, recording and teaching experience from Rock and Blues to Jazz and Broadway, as well as a regular church drummer. Previously from New Orleans, with instruction from James Black and many New Orleans musicians, James’ style reflects the musical influences of that city. James spent years on the road with show groups, has recorded with many artists, played on cruise boats and toured abroad, including the Montreaux Jazz festival in Switzerland. As a freelance musician, the variety of working situations is vast, including corporate gigs, shows, concerts, weddings, festivals, private parties, clubs and churches. Teaching throughout the course of his career, James is an original staff member of Rock and Roll Camp Orlando, founded in 1999, as well as an instructor at Interlochen’s Summer Rock program since 2011. An instructor at Maximum Entertainment Group since 2013, James believes in the power of music to develop character and contribute to a team-minded approach.

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
-Bob Marley

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