Originally from Orlando, Fl, NYC based drummer and composer Connor Parks began studying drums & percussion with Beth and Danny Gottlieb and often performed in the Jazz and Improvised Music community under the mentorship of local hero Benoit Glazer. Connor received a BFA in Jazz studies from the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in New York City, where he was instructed by Jane Ira Bloom, Reggie Workman, & Dave Douglas, and privately studied with Matt Wilson, Johnathan Blake, Aaron Parks, Matt Brewer, Harish Raghavan, Amir Ziv, Ben Street, Gilad Hekselman, and Dayna Stephens. He has performed with Rodney Jones, Vic Juris, Darius Jones, Linda Briceño, Dave Glasser, JD Allen, Ingrid Jensen, Aaron Parks, Mcklopedia, and Kandace Springs, among many others, and currently plays with the NYC band Cafuné. He has appeared at venues ranging from the Blue Note to Madison Square Garden, and often performs at Music Festivals both internationally and in the United States. As a composer, Connor has written music for ensembles ranging from solo performers to nonets with strings and has collaborated with Cameron McKinney (Kizuna Dance) & the Joffrey School of Ballet.