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University of Michigan Percussion Alumni are extraordinarily diverse in their achievements and continue to represent some of the music world's leading performers, educators, composers, conductors and musical entrepreneurs. From classical to jazz, to pop music, to world music, from public and private schools across America to some of the country's leading universities, from intimate jazz venues to sold out concert halls and stadiums, University of Michigan Percussion Alumni can be found achieving success in all areas of percussion.
Our graduates can be found attending top graduate programs like the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Yale University, New England Conservatory, Mannes/New School University, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, among others.
Our alumni perform and tour internationally with groups including Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, Josh Groban, Il Divo, David Foster, perform with the symphonies and orchestras such as Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Detroit, St. Louis, Grand Rapids, New World, Chicago, Orchestra de Lyon, St. Paul Chamber, Baltimore, Delaware, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Chautauqua, Jacksonville, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Fort Wayne, Flint, Madison, Florida, St. Lukes, Orpheus Chamber, Metropolitan Opera, Kennedy Center Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera, and the Florida Philharmonic. Alumni also perform with the President’s Own Marine Band and the Army Band "Pershing's Own.
Our alumni are teaching and performing at leading universities, colleges, and conservatories including Michigan, Curtis, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin-Madison, Taipei, Lewis and Clark, Texas A&M-Commerce, Kunitachi in Tokyo, Ft. Lewis, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Ohio-Athens, Singapore Conservatory, Penn State, Ohio University, Toledo, Towson, Austin Peay, Oakland, among others.
UNIVERSITY TEACHERS/ EDUCATORS
Daniel C. Armstrong | Penn State University | State College, PA Brian Baldauff | University of Wisconsin - Osh Kosh | Osh Kosh, WI Jeff Barudin | Lindenwood University | St. Louis, MO | Founding Member, Drop Circle Percussion Trio Mark Berry | Western Kentucky University | Bowling Green, KY | Founder and Owner - Living Sound Triangles, LLC Cara Weissman Boden | Instrumental Music Director at Tokyo International School | Tokyo, Japan Tom Bowden | Band Director at Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts | Teacher at South Florida Center for the Percussive Arts | Performed with Southwest Florida Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, New World Symphony Roger Braun | Ohio University | Athens, OH | Founding member - Biyakuye, Los Banquitos Viequos, performed with Keiko Abe, Lyle Mays, Kathleen Battle, Billy Taylor Hays Bunch | University of South Carolina - Aiken | Aiken, SC Amanda Cook | Western State Colorado University | Gunnison, CO Pius Cheung | University of Oregon | Eugene, OR | Internationally Acclaimed Marimba Soloist David Colson | Western Michigan University | Kalamazoo, MI A.J. Covey | University or North Alabama | Florence, AL Anthony DiSanza | University of Wisconsin | Madison, WI | Madison Symphony Orchestra, Principal Percussion Larry Doran | Director of Bands at Midlothian High School - TX | Adjunct Professor of Percussion - Dallas Baptist University John Dorsey | Eastern Michigan University | Ypsilanti, MI | Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Principal Percussion Teun Fetz | San Juan College | Farmington, NM Christopher Froh | University of Caifornia-Davis | Davis, CA | Member of San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, S. F. Chamber Orchestra, Empyrean Ensemble Matthew Geiger | East Tennessee State University | Johnson City, TN
Joseph Gramley | University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI | Soloist, Chamber Musician and Founding Member, Former Associate Artistic Director, Silkroad Ensemble Laura Grems | Associate Director of Bands - Bryan High School | Bryan, TX Shane Jones | University of Tennessee at Martin | Martin, TN | Percussionist, Khemia Ensemble Chelsea Tinsler Jones | University of Tennessee at Martin | Martin, TN | Percussionist, Khemia Ensemble and Paducah Symphony Laurence W. Kaptain | Dean, College of Arts and Media - University of Colorado - Denver | Denver, CO | First student to receive Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion from the University of Michigan
Renee Keller | Ohio Wesleyan University | ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Principal Timpani
Payton MacDonald | William Patterson University | Patterson, NJ | Founding member - Alarm Will Sound Daniel McDonald | Albion College | Albion, MI Neeraj Mehta | Queensboro Community College | Queens, NY | Fullbright award winner - studied in Denmark with Gert Mortensen Fernando Meza | University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN | Extensive performances in Japan, Latin America, and the U.S. with internationally renowned marimba artist Keiko Abe William Moersch | University of Illinois | Champaign, IL | Internationally Acclaimed Marimba Soloist Gary Olmstead | Former Professor of Percussion - Indiana University of Pennsylvania | Indiana, PA | Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame Member | 2014 Medal of Merit Award from Ohio University Jonathan Ovalle | University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI | Soloist/Chamber Musician/Composer/Improviser | Percunova Percussion Duo John Pennington | Fort Lewis College | Fort Lewis, Colorado | Performs with the Santa Fe Opera, Music in the Mountains International Music Festival Animas Music Festival, San Juan Symphony Nick Petrella | University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory | Kansas City, MO | Director of Education - Sabian Cymbals Dan Piccolo | Bowling Green State University | Bowling Green, OH Olman E. Piedra | University of Toledo | Toledo, Ohio | Former member of the world-fusion band, NOMO, toured US, Canada, and Europe, former Principal Percussionist - Waco Symphony Whitney Prince | Eastern Michigan University | Ypsilanti, MI | Former Professor of Percussion, current Professor of Music Theory Kristen Regester | Early Childhood Program Manager - Sherwood Community Music School | Chicago, IL Patrick E. Roulet | Western Washington University | Bellingham, WA Mackenzie Sato | Elementary Music Teacher - Livonia Public Schools | Assistant Marching Band Director - Stevenson H.S. | Livonia, MI David Schmalenberger | McNally-Smith College of Music | St. Paul, MN | Extensive study of African/ Caribbean Music including travels to Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Trinidad, and Brazil. Chris Sies | Baylor University | Waco, TX | Founding member of chamber ensemble Latitude 49 Alison Shaw | University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh | Oshkosh, WI | Executive Director and Co-Founder of Quorum Chamber Arts Collective Clifton Smith | Music Department Chair - Lincoln Way East High School | Chicago, IL Mark Stone | Oakland University | Rochester Hills, MI | Extensive study in Ghana, Performances with Gyil Master, Bernard Woma, Founding member, Biyakuye Neil Sisauyhoat | Del Mar College | Corpus Christi, TX | Extensive study of Cuban folkloric music with Michael Spiro David Steinquest | Austin Peay State University | Memphis, TN | Coordinator of the Mid-South Jazz Festival, former member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Michael Varner | University of Texas - Arlington | Arlington, TX Dave Walker | Old Dominion University | Norfolk, VA | performs with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Symphony Orchestra Doug Wolf | University of Utah | Salt Lake City, UT | Performs with the Utah Symphony and Ballet West Orchestra Brian Zator | Texas A&M University-Commerce | Commerce, TX | President - Percussive Arts Society | Studied with Keiko Abe
Kyle Acuncius | Sun Symphony (Hanoi, Vietnam), Principal Timpani Elliot Beck | Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Section Percussion Thomas L. Blanchard | Delaware, Reading and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestras, Section Percussion, Performances, recordings, and tours as regular extra with the Philadelphia Orchestra Quincy Brown | Air Force Academy Band, Section Percussion David Coash | Florida Orchestra, Section Percussion; Opera Saratoga, Principal Percussion, Faculty - University of Tampa & Florida Southern College, Co-Founder/Director of the Spectrum Contemporary Ensemble, Percussionist - BOGUS POMP (Zappa cover band) Ya Chi Cheng | Evergreen Symphony Orchestra - Taipei, Principal Timpani, Assistant Professor of Percussion - Fu-Jen Catholic University, former principal percussionist - Louisiana Philharmonic Joseph Ferraro | Dallas Opera, Section Percussion, Performances with Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Peter Flamm | San Antonio Symphony, Principal Timpani Larry Ferguson | U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own", Drummer/ Percussionist Kevin Garry | Jacksonville Symphony, Section Percussion and Principal Drum Set, Former Winner, New Jersey State Rudimental Snare Competition (1979,1981) Andrew George | Director of Orchestras - Texas Tech University, Guest Conductor with Columbus Symphony, BalletMet of Columbus, Toledo Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra Mark Griffith | Houston Symphony, Section Percussion Mayumi Hama | International Marimba Soloist Paul Harkins | Flint Symphony, Section Percussion | Director of Development - University of Michigan School of Music Theater & Dance Dan Karas | Grand Rapids Symphony, Principal Timpani | Grant Park Symphony (Chicago, IL) Principal Timpani Gregg Koyle | Sarasota Opera - Principal Timpani & Orchestra Manager , Santa Fe Opera - Percussionist & Orchestra Manager , Performances with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Don Liuzzi | Philadelphia Orchestra, Principal Timpani | Professor of Percussion - Curtis Institute of Music Brian Prechtl | Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Section Percussion | Member, Global Percussion Trio Larry Rachleff | Rhode Island Philharmonic, Principal Conductor | Director of Orchestras - Rice University (Houston, TX) Charles Ricotta | Flint Symphony, Principal Percussion | Drumline Director, University of Michigan Marching Band Scott Parkman | Artistic Director - American Century Music | Former Associate Conductor - Saint Louis Symphony Matthew J. Savery | Music Director and Conductor of the Bozeman Symphony Ian Sullivan | New York City Ballet, Principal Timpani Olaf G. Tzschoppe | Soloist - Les Percussions de Strasbourg Terry Smith | Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Section Percussion Mark Suter | Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Associate Principal Percussion | Member - Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Director of Percussion Program at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore David Tolen | Santa Fe Symphony, Principal Percussion | Performs regularly with the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra Scott Verduin | Seoul Philharmonic, Section Percussion William Vits | Grand Rapids Symphony, Principal Percussion Kenneth Wolin | President's Own Marine Band, Principal Percussion Shannon Wood | Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Principal Timpani | Owner of malletshop.com Trey Wyatt | San Francisco Symphony, Section Percussion | Owner - California Percussion, LLC | Faculty - San Francisco Conservatory
Steve Aho | Music Director for Warner Bros recording artist William Joseph, has performed with Josh Groban, Il Divo, Tony Bennett, John Williams, David Foster, Tom Scott, Joe Chiccarelli, Peter Asher, Chad & Jeremy, Nathaniel Kunkel, Michael Lloyd, Neil Sedaka, Patti Austin, and Michael Feinstein, has also performed for the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards. Shoko Araya | Member Chris Hardy and Shoko Araya percussion duo, formed as students at the University of Michigan Julian Bridges Timothy Tacket Brown | Seattle-based Freelancer, drummer with Haley Sales Gerald Cleaver | Mainstay in the NYC jazz scene, International Touring Artist, leads the bandsViolet Hour, NiMbNl, Uncle June and Farmers By Nature Performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Ralph Allessi, Yaron Herman, Miroslav Vitous, former Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies - University of Michigan, recipient of a NEA Jazz Studies Grant to study with drummer, Victor Lewis Dane Crozier | Chicago-based freelancer Anthony DiMartinis | Member & Co-Founder - BrassTaps Duo Andre Dowell | Sphinx Orchestra, Competition Director | Founding Member - Identity Cubed Percussion Trio Maria Flurry | Founder of Harpbeat, Arizona-based freelancer | Founder of Chaparral Arts, Inc. and artistic director of the Chaparral MusicFest Flint Symphony - Principal Timpani (1990-2000) Eric A. Galm | Author of the book "The Berimbau: A Guide to Brazilian Music" Jeff Grant | L.A. Freelancer - Frequent performer with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Dylan Greene | NYC Freelancer Christopher Hardy | Member Chris and Shoko Duo Griffin Harvey Sabrina Ma | Winner, Classic Marimba League International Competition John Maloney | Chicago-based freelancer | Manager, Vic's Drum Shop Christina Manceor | Baltimore-based freelancer | Member, Kris Johnson Group | Managing Director, Community Concerts at Second Career Services Professional, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University Jonathan Mashburn | Founding member, Up/Down Percussion Quartet Colin McCall | Member & Co-Founder - Back Pocket Duo Fritz McGirr | drummer for the Moxie Strings Patterson McKinney David Newton Riley Palmer | NYC-based freelancer August Pappas | Nashville-based freelancer Nicole Patrick | NYC-based freelancer | Member, Mobius Quartet Nick Rifken | NYC-based freelancer Karl Ronneburg | NYC-based freelancer/composer Evan Saddler | Conduit Duo Arlo Shultis | MMA Candidate - Yale University | Timpanist, Marlboro Music Festival | Performed with Symphony S.O.N.G - Seoul, Korea
Aaron Siegel | Percussionist/Composer based in NYC | Founder/Director - Aaron Siegel Ensemble | Percussionist with Anthony Braxton, on staff of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall Mike Shea | Ann Arbor/ Detroit, MI freelancer | Drummer for the band Your Generation Jonathan Smith | Percussion Coordinator - University of Michigan | Toledo Symphony, Section Percussion | Substitute Percussion for the broadway show Alladin Michael Swain | Detroit -based freelancer, Recent CD release of solo electronic project titled "Under Clouds" T.J. Troy | L.A.-based freelancer | Grammy-award winner | Member of the Harry Partch Ensemble Hannah Weaver | Aspen Contemporary Ensemble | TROMP 2018 Participant
ENTREPRENEURS / OTHER
Dave Alcorn | Digital Media Coordinator-Overture Center for the Arts | Madison, WI Jay Bordeleau | Founder of Mr. Tipples Jazz Club | San Francisco, CA Timothy Clark | Director of Sales and Operations at Arlen Music Productions | Chicago, IL Ron Glenn Daniel Lidster | Founder and Owner of Encore Mallets, Inc. | Lewisville, TX Carol L. Daubert Thomas Erickson | Academic Advisor - University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance | Ann Arbor, MI John A. Frascarelli, Jr. Chalmers P. Haas Samuel Livingston | Director of Operations for the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall | New York, NY David Mitchell | Co-founder: NovaPoint Group and Open-Supplies.com | Former Yamaha Product Specialist, Concert & Marching Percussion Former Percussionist with Grand Rapids Symphony, Flint Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and Ann Arbor Symphony Juliet C. Prater David J. Schmalenberger Matt Smith Nicole M. Turney | Emmy-Award winning Filmmaker and Editor | Brooklyn, NY Mike Tyszko Xavier Verna | Executive Director - Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts | Manistee, MI | Member - Identity Cubed Percussion Trio Gregory W. White Craig W. Wigley Peter A. Wilson Andrea Wirth | Undergraduate Academic Administrator in the Foreign Languages department at MIT | Performs, records, and tours internationally with the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums | Has appeared with and recorded with the Boston Pops Orchestra Gary F. Wreford