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The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra

Warren Hanrahan
Drummer/ Business Owner/
Instructor/ Sales Executive/

Since his mother, Ruth Hanrahan, discovered a natural sense of rhythm at the age of 3, Warren Hanrahan was called to be a musician. Eldest brother, Michael Hanrahan, brought home a recording of "Mumbles" and played it over and over, which unknowingly at the time, awakened a deep response in his soul. From there he was hooked. Warren started taking piano lessons at 9, but brother Curt convinced their parents that drums were destined to be Warren's calling. At age 11, he began drum lessons and launched his percussion career.

Warren's first professional gigs were in his hometown of Kenosha, WI at the age of 12. Performing with his mother, Ruth, on piano, they played for church festivals and other engagements, as well as at the local theater. Drum teacher, Manny Mitka, was a staunch motivator and he inspired Warren to spend many hours on my practice pad to the delight of my family. The family shared a small home with 4 older siblings, Michael, Phyllis, Curt and Jeanine, along with two very loving parents, Ruth and Emery. After he received his first drum set, the family was not so delighted! Warren had to play in the living room and wait until everyone was out of the house to get a true workout. Playing along with albums on an overburdened Magnavox stereo was a complete joy for him. Neighbors told Warren, the Hanrahan house literally shook when he played!!!!

His love affair with music truly began during Warren's CYO band experience, which propelled him into performing in all different settings. Jamey Aebersold Summer Camp 3 years in a row fed his need for jazz exposure. By the age of 16, Warren was teaching at CYO Band Camps and playing with brother, Curt Hanrahan, in his group called Opus. They were experimenting with jazz/fusion, standards and originals and playing major venues, like the PAC in Milwaukee and the world's largest outdoor music festival known as "Summer Fest"!

During high school he played with every music group he could. Warren performed with marvelous players who are still working extensively in the music industry today. He was part of a group called "People Inc ", which was later renamed "C.O.M.B.O ". Dan Fornero, now a high-demanded trumpet player in Los Angeles, coined the latter name, and it will be forever lovingly remembered as an acronym for: Creative-Ostentatious-Musicians-Bibulous-Omnipresence. Go figure that one!! More excitement happened in the Tremper Blue Jazz Ensemble, when Warren played for Woody Herman celebrating his 40th year in the music business. It was a PBS taped special and a great opportunity to jam with some major jazz artists. Mr. Herman was impressed with Warren's solo on " Magic Flea " and that gave him the passion to set the world on fire, two sticks at a time, of course!!!

While studying at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside he recorded his first album called "Vahoo Vah" under the direction of Tim Bell. This experience led him to set sights for furthering his education at North Texas State University, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies in 1984. During those years, Warren made 2 more recordings and played on several occasions with the world famous, 1:00 Lab Band under the direction of Neil Slater. Leonard Feather, a legendary jazz critic, made notable mention of his command of the arrangement, "Without A Song" on one recording entitled "Jazz Journey". This album was awarded 4.5 stars from Down Beat Magazine (May 1985). After paying some road dues, Warren landed a gig with the Glenn Miller Orchestra!

With GMO, Warren gained maturity and experience that no other option could have provided. For over 2 years, Warren travelled extensively in the USA and internationally in Europe, Japan, South America, Canada and more! He met some of the world's top players and had the opportunity to befriend them and experience the essence of music. Warren says, "Drumming in a big band and reaping the rewards of kicking 16 + musicians in the butt, is a gratifying thrill. There is nothing more satisfying like popping each note together with musical precision and deep rooted musical feeling". Warren says I " God it " in everything I do and I Thank God every day, for the humble chance to "Groove it"!!