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NSO Principal Timpanist Jauvon Gilliam Joins Faculty

Wed, Nov 11, 2009

The University of Maryland is pleased to announce the appointment of Jauvon Gilliam to the faculty.

Mr. Gilliam was named principal timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at age 29. Prior to this appointment, he was timpanist in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for seven seasons. Mr. Gilliam has also performed with The Cleveland Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as well as the St. Paul and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras. He was also timpanist of the Bear Valley Music Festival for three seasons.

Mr. Gilliam attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of Paul Yancich. He received a full scholarship in piano performance for undergraduate studies at Butler University, but later changed to full-time percussion, studying with Jon Crabiel. His other teachers/mentors include Tim Adams, David Herbert and Craig Hetrick.

While in Winnipeg, Mr. Gilliam was also Coordinator of Percussion Studies at the University of Manitoba. He is a proud artist/clinician for Remo Drumheads and Sabian Cymbals and has performed masterclasses throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Gilliam will officially join the UM faculty in Fall 2010.