An International Performing Artist Shares His 30-Year Success Story This musician's memoir will be featured at the Book Expo America in New York City on May 30 - June 1, 2013

EAST HANOVER, N.J., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In the upcoming Book Expo America in New York City, percussionist Jim Neglia showcases his autobiography Onward and Upward as he joins the book exhibit on May 30-June 1, 2013.This true story of determination, drive and devotion to a life in music will inspire readers as the author shares his 30-year journey through a life in the arts.

From his earliest memory, he had always wanted a career in music. After all, if he was playing, he wasn't really working.Whether as a young artist in New York City, as a music coordinator of a Broadway musical, or as a musician traveling through Europe, the author shares the excitement, acclaim, and culture of being a passionate performing artist. Partly told through behind-the-scene memoirs, partly by journal entries, readers will walk hand in hand with the author on this most extraordinary journey.

Onward and Upward is the true account of the author's pursuit of a dream – a career in music – around the world.  He shares his stories of culture, family, laughter, friendship, wisdom, and heartache, with a generous splash of the likes of Strauss, motorcycle chases, and Hollywood. 

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About the Author 
Jim Neglia has been working in the Performing Arts for more than 25 years as a percussionist as well as music contractor, personnel manager, and music coordinator, working closely with some of the best-known names in the industry. From classical artists Placido Domingo to Yo-Yo-Ma and contemporary artists Johnny Mathis to Spike Lee, he covers the entire gamut of music production and performance. Earlier in his career, he performed with The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baily Circus and performed live on the radio program: All Things Considered. Additionally, he has made various recordings as well.  His career also took him abroad working in 27 countries as a solo and orchestral percussionist.  These days, he keeps a busy schedule as a performer and orchestra personnel manager with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He lives in New Jersey, with his wife and two sons.

Onward and Upward by Jim Neglia 
Publication Date: December 19, 2012 
Paperback: $15.26; 230 pages; ISBN 978-1477298985

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, please contact Raffi Anderson at  (877) 207-1679 or email.

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