Ness Smith-Savedoff began playing percussion with his religious community and later at Village Harmony. After discovering his interest in contra dancing, he began playing drums for dances with Gallimaufry while attending Oberlin College. Ness also performs for dances with Cloud 10, Contra Sutra, The Long Pond Rounders, Light Reaction, & Dam Beavers. Ness has brought his drums to dance communities across the country. Additionally playing with rock, rap, and party bands, Ness has a variety of rhythms to blend with contra tunes. Ness lives in Portland, ME and when he isn't on the road, DJs at a local community radio station, and works at a grocery store in town.