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The exceptional percussion faculty at UMD consist of principal leaders of the National Symphony Orchestra and international recording and touring artists.


The director of percussion studies, Jauvon Gilliam was named the principal timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at age 29 by unanimous vote of the orchestra committee and Maestro Christoph Eschenbach. Prior to this, he was timpanist in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for seven seasons. He has also performed with The Cleveland Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as well as the St. Paul and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras. more>>





F. Anthony Ames is the former principal percussionist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C; a position he has held since 1968. Since that time Mr. Ames has worked with an impressive roster of conductors including: Claudio Abbado, Thomas Beecham, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Edo DeWaardt, Antal Dorati, Charles Dutoit, Arthur Fiedler, Eric Leinsdorf, Raymond Leppard, Yoel Levi, Lorin Maazel, Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Max Rudolf, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin, George Solti, Yuri Termikanov, Klaus Tennstedt, Michael Tilson Thomas and Franz Weiser-Moest. more>>




Lee Hinkle is a percussionist and classically trained baritone vocalist whose percussion playing has been called "rock-steady" by the Washington Post and having "a notable sense of flare [sic]" by Potomac Stages. His performance highlights have included performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Left Bank Concert Society, Congressional Chorus, and the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He has toured with several performers and groups, including Bebe Neuwirth, Bernadette Peters, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. more>>





Chuck Redd is a seasoned performer on both drums and vibraphone, and served as the 2004-2005 Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Cafe in Washington D.C. He began performing internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio in 1980 at the age of 21. That year, he joined the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd and Herb Ellis.) To his credit are twelve extensive European tours and five tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli. more>>





Eric Shin was appointed principal percussionist of the National Symphony in 2012. Previously, he was acting principal percussionist of the Detroit Symphony and principal percussionist of the Honolulu Symphony. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Ojai Music Festival, amongst many others. more>>