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Stu Waxman is the tympanist for Mission Opera and Mission Orchestra, and plays all percussion instruments and all styles of music. He played his first musical notes at the age of 3, and first professional job at 14. After playing in a 12-piece rock band at Disneyland and touring with The Sandpipers, Stu moved to Las Vegas where he played both drum set and percussion for many years, mostly in the house bands at the Desert Inn and the MGM Grand Hotels. Some of the artists with whom Stu has worked are Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Vic Damone, Bobby Vinton, Petula Clark, The 5th Dimension, Bobby Darin, Nelson Riddle, The Smothers Brothers, Vicki Carr, Jack Jones, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mathis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jerry Lewis, Perry Como, Robert Goulet, Sarah Vaughn, Ed Ames, Ann-Margret, Leslie Uggams, Liberace, Joey Heatherton, Glen Campbell, The New Christy Minstrels, Peter Marshall, Chita Rivera, The Johnny Mann Singers, Nancy Wilson, Hal Linden, Bobbie Gentry, Abbe Lane, Connie Stevens, Lola Falana, John Davidson, The Olympics, Ann Jilian, Sandler and Young, Jim Nabors, Ginger Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Sergio Franchi, Susan Anton, Gordon McRae, Jimmy Dean, The Imperials, Trini Lopez, Florence Henderson, Dick van Dyke, Frankie Laine, Rich Little, Frank Gorshen, Frank Travalena, Patti Page, Debbie Reynolds, Jerry Vale, Sue Raney, Melba Moore, Wayne Newton, Suzanne Somers, Doc Severinsen, and Andy Williams.